The World Record Club Gondoliers (1962)
The Linden Singers
This recording of substantial highlights was first issued in 1962 or so and has been frequently re-issued over the years. The selections are listed below. Several of the Act II numbers are given out of order. ("Here we are at the risk of our lives" and "Dance a cachucha" should follow "Take a pair of sparkling eyes.")
Mel Moratti observed that the "Opening Chorus" is really "We're called gondolieri," and several of the endings of songs are truncated. Mel added, "Listening to the CD again without knowing who the singers were I made a mental note that the Don Alhambra and the Gianetta and Tessa roles were excellently sung. It was then surprising to see that included in those roles were William Dickie and Elizabeth Harwood. No wonder."
Contents are as follows:
- Opening Chorus
- "From the sunny spanish shore"
- "In enterprise of martial kind"
- "O Rapture, when alone together"
- "I stole the Prince"
- "When a merry maiden marries"
- Finale, Act I (excerpts)
- "Here we are at the risk of our lives"
- "Rising early in the morning"
- "Take a pair of sparkling eyes"
- "There lived a King"
- "In a contemplative fashion"
- "On the day when I was wedded"
- "To help unhappy commoners"
- "I am a courtier"
- "Dance a cachucha"
Allegro ACS 8134
|1962||World Record Club||Mono LP||T 129|
|Stereo LP||ST 129|
|2-track mono 3.5ips reel-to-reel||TT 129|
|1963||Delta||Mono LP||TQD 3046||Performers given as "The Company of Savoyards," with no credit to conductor or orchestra|
|Stereo LP||SQD 113|
|1960s||VOX||Mono LP||VBX 251||Three-record set, also including The Mikado and Pirates|
|Stereo LP||SVBX 5251|
|196-?||VOX||Mono LP||[need number]||Performers given as "The Company of Savoyards"|
|Stereo LP||[need number]|
|1976||DJM||Stereo LP||DJLMD 8021||Two-record set comprising all three World Record Club recordings|
|1977||Summit||Mono LP||SUM 1026|
|1970s/80s||World Record Club||Stereo LP||S/2438||Australian issue. Company given as The Linden Singers.|
|EZ 1023||New Zealand issue. Company given as The Linden Singers.|
|1985||Allegro/Allegretto||Stereo Cassette||ACS 8134||Performers given as "The Company of Savoyards"|
|1990s||Tring||CD||SYM073||Performers given as Alex Faris, the Linden Singers, and the Pro Musica Symphony Orchestra. The CD label, pictured above, wrongly captions it a "DDD" recording.|