The 1966 D'Oyly Carte Sorcerer
D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead
Like the 1953 recording, this set was made at a time when The Sorcerer was not in the D'Oyly Carte repertory. Performances of the opera had become ever more infrequent in the 1930s, and when the sets were destroyed in a WWII bombing raid, the Company simply didn't bother to replace them.
According to the May 1966 edition The Savoyard (Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 4) the Company were originally planning to record The Mikado under Sir Malcolm Sargent, but Sargent fell ill, so the scheduled time was used to make this recording. The cast give a strong account of the opera despite having no stage experience in their roles, though perhaps the performance would have been even stronger five years later, when the opera finally did return to the repertory.
To date, this is the only stereo recording of the opera. It is musically complete, except for the repeat of "I do confess an anxious care," in Act II. It has been re-issued on CD coupled with D'Oyly Carte's 1978 recording of The Zoo.
Decca 473 659-2
|1966||Decca||Mono LP||LK 4825-6|
|Stereo LP||SKL 4825-6|
|London||Mono LP||A 4264|
|Stereo LP||OSA 1264|
|ca. 1977||World Record Club||Stereo LP||R 00631-2|
|ca. 1980||World Record Club||Stereo LP||S/4906-7|
|1984||Decca||Stereo LP||414 344-1||Digitally remastered|
|1993||London/Decca||CD||436 807-2||with 1978 The Zoo|
|2003||Decca||CD||473 631-2||24-CD set including the complete Decca G&S series on CD (13 G&S operas, plus Cox and Box and The Zoo).|