This 1957 D'Oyly Carte Opera Company stereo recording is the first the company recorded with complete dialog included, as performed on-stage, which actually gives you a fuller picture of the characterizations. (If you only want to hear the music, you're out of luck: the dialog is always on the track with the music that precedes it.) This skilled, veteran cast and the New Symphony Orchestra of London are all conducted by Isidore Godfrey, the company's longtime music director. The excellent performance certainly reflects the English essence of the work. As for the sound quality, it is also very good. Despite The Mikado's being recorded as it was performed on-stage (without audience), there seem to have been enough microphones to pick up all the voices, all the time. Overall, this is one of the best recordings of The Mikado, and certainly one of the best stereo recordings made by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
Picture & lyrics inner sleeve look good, vinyl is clean, cover has some shelf and corner wear.
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Overall I'd give it a B.
A Overture & Act 1 (Part 1)
B Act 1 (Concl.)
C Act 2 (Part 1)
D Act 2 (Concl.)
Label: London Records – OSA 1201
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP
Composed By – Sir Arthur Sullivan
Conductor – Isidore Godfrey
Libretto By – William Gilbert
Orchestra – D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Recording Supervisor – Bridget D'Oyly Carte
Records Made In England
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