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GILBERT & SULLIVAN OPERA BOX [BOX SET]
Label: Decca
Performed by: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, et al.
Conducted by: Royston Nash, Isidore Godfrey
No of Discs: 24

Amazon.co.uk Price: £135.98

Amazon Customer Review
At last DECCA have gathered 15 of their finest D'Oyly Carte recordings together as a boxed set to form a more or less complete set of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. I say more or less as of course the G & S opus 1 (THESPIS or The Gods' Grown Old) is missing apart from two readily identifiable numbers and the ballet, although recent research indicates that much of THESPIS is still with us disguised as various numbers in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.
The sets are beautifully packaged and feature the original (and far superior) sleeve designs, a vast improvement on the slightly tacky uniform design employed for the past reissue. Some of the pairings are a bit odd - I'm sure most of those who know the operas well are used to TRIAL BY JURY paired with HMS PINAFORE and COX AND BOX paired with PIRATES, but such pairings on CD could have led to some strange mid-act disc changes.
Thoroughly recommendable for anyone wishing to have all the operas from TRIAL BY JURY to THE GRAND DUKE plus COX AND BOX, THE ZOO, and a considerable amount of Sullivan's orchestral repertoire all in one place.

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GILBERT & SULLIVAN OPERETTAS [BOX SET]
Label: Telarc
Performed by: Welsh National Opera Chorus / Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Conducted by: Sir Charles Mackerras
No of Discs: 5

Amazon.co.uk Price: £55.99

Amazon Customer Review
Is there nothing Sir Charles Mackerras cannot do? In his Decca recordings of the Janacek operas (for example) he seems to get inside the music, its quirks and quiddities, and its nationalisms, and the results are models of thrilling clarity. He does the same for Gilbert and Sullivan, an operatic world which you'd have thought couldn't be more dissimilar to Janacek, but is just as enthralling under his direction. Nothing is left to chance, from the merest "oom-pah" accompaniment bar, to the clean, crisp staccato endings of the patter songs: the orchestra seems to respond with lively energy, and the whole effect sparkles like crystal. He is also blessed with dream-team casts including singers who seem to have taken in G&S with their mothers' milk, like Gillian Knight and Richard Suart, and international opera superstars such as John Mark Ainsley and Felicity Palmer. The dialogue rarely translates well onto disc, and is wisely omitted from these recordings. And as if all that weren't enough, the booklet notes by Steven Ledbetter are models of their kind. 

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GILBERT AND SULLIVAN [16 CD BOX SET]
Label: EMI Classics
Performed by: Various
Conducted by: Various
No of Discs: 16

On these CDs
Trial By Jury, HMS Pinafore, Patience, The Pirates Of Penzance, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Yeomen Of The Guard, The Gondoliers, Overtures - The Sorcerer, Cox & Box, Princess Ida, Overture Di Ballo. Cello Concerto in D, Overture In C. 

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Sendit Price: £42.89

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OPERAS OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN [10 CD BOX SET]
Label: Avid
Performed by: D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, et al.
Conducted by: Isidore Godfrey
No of Discs: 10

Amazon.co.uk Price: £15.98

On these CDs
Trial By Jury, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates Of Penzance, Patience, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Ruddigore, The Yeomen Of The Guard, The Gondoliers, Pineapple Poll & other Bonus material. 

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THE BEST OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN [BOX SET]
Label: EMI Classics
Performed by: Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Pro Arte Orchestra
Conducted by: Sir Malcolm Sargent
No of Discs: 3

Amazon.co.uk Price: £17.99

Amazon Customer Review
Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy Operas, with their witty and tuneful compositions, defy classification. For a first time listener I am not surprised they have been loved by British audiences since they were first seen during the second half of the 19th Century.
What impress me is Gilberts brilliant satirical writing combined with Sullivan's catchy melodies and exhilarating rhythms, that gave the Victorian public an often humorous, stylised and chaste entertainment. An entertainment which is still relevant today. The selection covers a wide range of their work, in my opinion Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus and Pro Arte Orchestra are unsurpassed. I recommend this CD set wholeheartedly.

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