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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance [1968 Recording] - Christene Palmer (vocals); Donald Adams (vocals); George Cook (vocals); Jean Allister (vocals); John Reed (vocals);...
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  1. The Pirates of Penzance, operetta
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This is a reissue of a very well-performed and fun-filled recording from 1968 by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which includes the dialog. The cast and chorus bring out the humor of the operetta by taking their parts seriously. The dialog is not delivered with the singsong, exaggerated sentiment found in some of the other D'Oyly Carte recordings. The stars of the performance are Valerie Masterson, who has no difficulty handling the coloratura flights in "Poor Wand'ring One," and John Reed as the Major-General, who recites ...