The Sargent/EMI Pirates (1961)
Pro Arte Orchstra
Recorded 6 February (Overture) & 30–31 December 1958 & 1–2 January 1959
HMVD 5 73062 2
This was the sixth of Sir Malcolm Sargent's series of G&S recordings with grand opera singers, the Pro Arte Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus. Particularly notable is Owen Brannigan, who evidently made enough of an impression that D'Oyly Carte cast him in their own Pirates recording (1968), even though he had never played this or any other role with them on stage.
This recording is certainly a capable one, but it does not hold up well next to the superb D'Oyly Carte recording of 1968 with full dialogue. It has been re-issued on CD coupled with a 1972 recording of Sullivan's overture "In Memoriam" with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Vivian Dunn. There was also a cassette re-issue in which it is coupled with the Sargent Ruddigore.
The album cover shown below, featuring what appears to be a pirate picking his nose, must be one of the most ill-judged covers ever chosen for a mainstream G&S release.
|Jan. 1961||EMI||Mono LP||ALP 1801/2|
|Stereo LP||ASD 381/2|
|1960s||Angel||Mono LP||3609 B/L|
|Stereo LP||S3609 B/L|
|ca.1969||EMI||Mono LP||XLP 30131/2|
|Dec. 1971||EMI||Stereo LP||SXLP 30131/2|
|1970s||Seraphim||Stereo LP||SIB 6102|
|1985||EMI/Angel||Stereo LP||AVB 34022||Digitally remastered|
|Jul. 1989||EMI||Stereo LP||EX7 49693-1||Also includes Ruddigore.|
|CD||CDS7 47785-2||Also includes overtures to The Sorcerer, Cox and Box and Princess Ida, and the Overture in C, "In Memoriam" (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Vivian Dunn, cond.)|
|1998||HMV||CD||HMVD 5 73062 2||Slimline double sold in HMV shops exclusively.|
|2001||EMI||CD||5744682||16-CD set containing all nine of the Sargent "Glyndebourne" G&S recordings, plus various Sullivan orchestral works|