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Ruddigore

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RUDDIGORE / THE GONDOLIERS [BOX SET]
Recorded 1950
Label: Pearl
Performed by: Martyn Green, Darryll Fancourt, Ella Halman, Ann Drummond-Grant, Leonard Osborn, Richard Watson, Muriel Harding, Margaret Mitchell et al. 
Conducted by: Isidore Godfrey
No of Discs: 3

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RUDDIGORE
Label: Jay
Performed by: New Sadlers Wells Opera
No of Discs: 2

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As a fellow reviewer has noted "this is the authentic Sullivan production". Yes indeed! The band parts for this production were transcribed from Sullivan's autographed manuscript score. As also noted the original Act Two is retained although it has to be noted that it is the second version of the finale that is used. Here the reprise of "O happy the lily" is presented in common time. For the initial few performances it was sung in 6/8 as in the Act One Finale. It's a pity that as with the TER/New Sadler's Wells HMS PINAFORE we could not have been given all the various versions of the Finale. Also missing is Robin's "Henceforth all the crimes" which replaced "For thirty-five years". Again the inclusion of this number as an appendix would have been nice, as would the Geoffrey Toye version of the overture which actually was recorded and released on an overture disc some years later.
However, these are minor quibbles considering that we have here the most complete original version of an opera that has been so consistently butchered since it's first appearance in 1887.
An excellent recording to be highly recommended.

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THE MIKADO / RUDDIGORE / TRIAL BY JURY [BOX SET]
Label: Castle Pulse
No of Discs: 4

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A good dose of nostalgia never hurts. If you are bitten by the G & S bug you eventually succumb to wondering about the likes of Henry Lytton, Darrell Fancourt and Bertha Lewis, and the atmosphere of the early days, this collection gives answers in the most appealing manner. The recording engineers have done a spectacular job in resuscitating performances of nearly eighty years standing.
Understandably the definition of the choral singing is low but the recording techniques of the time and the skill of the modern sound engineers give a clear rendition of the soloists.
It is delightful to hear the precise enunciation delivered in "the Queen's English" and clipped manner of delivery.
In the Mikado, Bertha Lewis shines out in the great tradition of British contraltos underscored by a wry and experienced Henry Lytton.
The only disappointment in all four CDs is the omission of the Usher's introductory song "Now, Jurymen hear my advice" from Trial by Jury. Overall a very reasonable investment for G & S lovers. 

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RUDDIGORE / COX & BOX [1962 Recording]
Label: Decca
Performed by: John Reed, Thomas Round, Kenneth Sandford, Stanley Riley, Donald Adams, Jean Hindmarsh, Gillian Knight, Mary Samson, Jean Allister, Alan Styler, Joseph Riordan et al with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / New Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by: Isidore Godfrey
No of Discs: 2

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First issued in 1962 immediately following on from the 'with dialogue' recordings of PINAFORE, IOLANTHE, GONDOLIERS and PATIENCE, this recording of RUDDIGORE created quite a furore amongst G & S Fans when despite initial advertising indicating that the dialogue would be included, in the event it was absent. This was a great pity as there would certainly have been space over the four LP sides to include the dialogue. DECCA may have thought that the inclusion of the Original Overture as an entr'acte and the duet "The battle's roar" (normally cut from stage production at that time) would appease the critics, but the row rumbled on for some time. That row did however eventually result in the reinstatement on stage of the original act two finale, and the duet (although this was placed in act two). 
The cast is a vintage one with John Reed and Kenneth Sandford both on top form, Mary Samson as a very sweet Rose, Thomas Round an excellent Dick Dauntless and Jean Allister guesting as Mad Margaret. Chorus and Orchestra excellent as ever under dear old Isidore Godfrey. 

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RUDDIGORE [Recorded 1950]
Label: Naxos Historical
Performed by: Martyn Green, Richard Watson, Leonard Osborn, Ann Drummond-Grant, Darryll Fancourt, Ella Halman, Neville Griffiths et al. with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
Orchestra: D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Conducted by: Isidore Godfrey
No of Discs: 1

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RUDDIGORE - COMPLETE RECORDING
Label: TER
Conductor: Simon Phipps
Performer: Marilyn Hill Smith, Gordon Sandison, Joan Davies, Alexandra Hann et al.
Orchestra: New Sadler's Wells Opera Chorus, New Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra
No of Discs: 2

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RUDDIGORE
Label: Koch
Performer: Sadlers Wells Opera
No of Discs: 1

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SULLIVAN - RUDDIGORE: SHAKESPEARE MUSIC
Label: EMI
Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Vivian Dunn
Performer: Elsie Morison, George Baker, et al.
Orchestra: Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Pro Arte Orchestra, et al.

No of Discs: 2

Synopsis
Ruddigore, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice

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RUDDIGORE / THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Label: Happy Days
Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent
Performer: Muriel Dickson, George Baker, et al.
Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra, D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, et al.
No of Discs: 1

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