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Album Review

The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta has such a clear and distinct style that one can almost decide without ever hearing the music itself whether or not it is likable. Gondoliers, as a typical example of a Gilbert and Sullivan score, is much like that. The giddy bounciness and good-natured plot strikes some as enjoyable and endearing, while to others, it is merely trite and old fashioned. Those who care for the Gilbert and Sullivan style will be quite fond of Gondoliers, a comic opera where the music is strong but the plot is weak. The title song is particularly notable — a fantastically energetic piece. There are other great songs as well, such as "Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes." This recording from the early 1990s is a fine working of this shiny score, running 109 minutes. For fans of this genre, this is a requisite for any collection.


Born: 10 March 1908 in Annitsford, Northumberland, Engla

Genre: Classical

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One of the leading English basses of his day, Owen Brannigan became strongly associated with the operas of Britten and Mozart. He also sang and recorded a number of roles in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and while he made numerous appearances abroad, his greatest successes were at English opera houses, most notably Sadler's Wells, Glyndebourne, and Covent Garden. He appeared regularly in concert and recital as well. Despite his reputation in the works of Britten, Mozart, and Sullivan, his repertory...
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