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Gilbert and Sullivan
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:54:42 AM »

Have you heard operas of librettist W.S. Gilbert and the composer Arthur Sullivan?

I wasn't familiar with any English opera before, but yesterday I've heard H.M.S. Pinafore which is quite interesting and funny. It is a comic opera!

You can listen to the whole thing:

http://www.deezer.com/music/monica-sinclair-pro-arte-orchestra-sir-malcolm-sargent/gilbert-sullivan-hms-pinafore-1097779

http://music.yandex.ru/#!/album/166517

Or just listen to one track: http://www.deezer.com/music/track/11975195

What do you think?

     
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Re: Gilbert and Sullivan
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 09:06:21 AM »


They're great. In many ways their work can be thought of as the precursor to the modern musical comedy.

Check out 'The Mikado' - my fave.

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Re: Gilbert and Sullivan
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 09:41:14 AM »

Thanks! I'll check it out!

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 12:45:17 PM »


Also, if you can get the movie 'Topsy Turvy' - came out in the late nineties - it tells their story in part, especially dealing with the time during the creation and production of 'The Mikado.' Very insightful and amusing.

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Re: Gilbert and Sullivan
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2012, 05:08:37 PM »

Have you heard operas of librettist W.S. Gilbert and the composer Arthur Sullivan?

I wasn't familiar with any English opera before, but yesterday I've heard H.M.S. Pinafore which is quite interesting and funny. It is a comic opera!


It's about class struggle...and the boundaries of love.  It's a magnificent light opera!  How did you come across it, Dmitry?

You'd like The Pirates of Penzance too.
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Re: Gilbert and Sullivan
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2012, 06:05:41 PM »

I found out about Gilbert and Sullivan accidentally, when I read Operas Every Child Should Know, a book from 1911. I was looking for some e-books on opera music at Amazon, and found it. Partly interesting book  ;)

I have listened to 'The Mikado' but I like 'H.M.S. Pinafore' more. I don't understand quite well all what they sing, so I like music and voices more in 'Pinafore'. I will listen 'The Pirates of Penzance' next week, after I return from Ryazan.

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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2012, 04:29:10 AM »

Dmitry, a great resource for H.M.S. Pinafore can be found here:  http://diamond.boisestate.edu/gas/pinafore/html/

You can download the libretto and follow along.

I think the nicest production is that of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Chorus and the London Symphony Orchestra.  It's on YouTube...


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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2012, 11:58:02 PM »

So give three cheers and one cheer more for the well-bred captain of the Pinafore...


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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2012, 12:23:07 AM »

He polished up the handle so carefully that now he is the ruler of the Queen's Navy...


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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2012, 12:26:39 AM »

For he himself has said it and it's greatly to his credit that he is an Englishman...


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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2012, 12:30:34 AM »

She's called Little Buttercup, dear Little Buttercup...


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« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2012, 12:35:07 AM »

Kind Captain, I've Important Information.  Sing hey the kind Commander that you are...


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« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2012, 01:00:46 AM »

Some D'Oyly Carte Opera Company members appeared in the 1953 movie The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan...


Martyn Green in "Never Mind The Why and Wherefore"



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« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2012, 01:41:33 AM »

Dmitry,  when I was 16 and a waiter at a summer camp, the older teenagers put on H.M.S. Pinafore for the younger campers.  I was one of the sailors in the chorus.


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« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2012, 01:52:25 AM »

Just about every waiter tried out for the prized part of Dick Deadeye...


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« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2012, 02:10:50 AM »

I was happy being one of the proletarian sailors...


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« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2012, 08:06:45 AM »

Sing hey, the merry maiden...





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« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2012, 08:49:26 AM »

Essgee's production of H.M.S. Pinafore departs a bit from the libretto...


And the tar who plows the daughter!

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