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D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore (2CD)

An atmospheric Decca stereo recording of a much-loved Savoy opera, using vivid Phase 4 technology to bring the nautical air of Pinafore to life with all manner of inventive effects such as lapping water and cawing seagulls.


More durable for followers of Gilbert and Sullivan are the performances of an outstanding cast, led by John Reed as Sir Joseph Porter, infusing every line with brilliantly-judged nuance and delicious wit. ‘Those who want the feeling of footlights will plump for the new issue … I admire most the playing of the RPO and the crisp singing of the chorus.’ - Gramophone


H.M.S. Pinafore

Sir Joseph Porter, John Reed
Hebe, Pauline Wales
Captain Corcoran, Thomas Lawlor
Little Buttercup, Christine Palmer
Ralph Rackstraw, Ralph Mason
Josephine, Valerie Masterson
Dick Deadeye, John Ayldon
Bob Becket, Arthur Jackson
Bob Bobstay, Jon Ellison

D’Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
D’Oyly Carte Opera Company
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
James Walker