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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates Of Penzance - Elsie Morison (soprano); George Baker (baritone); Heather Harper (soprano); James Milligan (bass); John Cameron (baritone);...
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  1. The Pirates of Penzance, operetta
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Malcolm Sargent was music director of the D'Oyly Carte Company in the 1920s, so he brings real authority to recordings of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas from productions at the Glyndebourne Festival in the late '50s and early '60s. The Pirates of Penzance includes some of Sullivan's best work. It not only tweaks the conventions of grand opera, but some of the music transcends the parody element and has a lyricism that would not be out of place in "serious" continental opera. The arias "Oh, is there not one maiden breast ...