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Princess Ida

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PRINCESS IDA [Recorded 1954]
Label: Naxos Historical
Performed by:D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Chorus with Fisher Morgan, Thomas Round, Leonard Osborn, Jeffrey Skitch, Valerie Sladen et al
Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by: Isidore Godfrey
No of Discs:2

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PRINCESS IDA / PINEAPPLE POLL
Label: Decca
Performed by:D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by:Sir Malcolm Sargent / Sir Charles Mackerras
No of Discs:2

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Amazon Customer Review
Of course everyone has personal favourites amongst the G & S recorded repertoire and certainly for me PRINCESS IDA is far more immediate, far better paced, in the 1953 recording, but suffers from an ageing Victoria Sladen in the title role. The 1965 recording presented here, has the advantage of Elizabeth Harwood and also the young Valerie Masterson making her recording debut as Melissa. 
John Reed as King Gama is remarkably subdued for him, but then he has little to do and the lack of dialogue deprives him of much of his vehicle. Kenneth Sandford however, turns in a wonderful King Hildebrand.
Hilarion (Philip Potter) and his friends have great fun in Act Two and the second act finale is a highlight.
Sir Malcolm Sargent's pacing may be more relaxed but in general this is a beautiful recording.

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PRINCESS IDA
Label: Pearl
Performed by:D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Conducted by: Sir Malcolm Sargent
No of Discs:1

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PRINCESS IDA [including dialogue]
Label: Newport
Conducted by: Thompson
Performed by: Ohio Light Opera Company
No of Discs: 2

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PRINCESS IDA & G&S PATTER SONGS
Label: Avid
Performed by:D'Oyly Carte Opera Company / Nelson Eddy
Orchestra: New Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by: Isidore Godfrey
No of Discs: Double CD

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Amazon Customer Review
Having had this recording on vinyl for many years, I was delighted to receive this opera on CD and hear instantly what a brilliant company the Carte were in the so-called golden age of recordings - the 50's and 60's. From the minute the introduction commences, there is real verve and clarity from the orchestra, conducted solidly by Isidore Godfrey, and the opening chorus, the D'Oyly Carte diction and quality of sound is the stuff of legend! 

The principal line up is impressive, and full marks go to the wonderfully rich and large voice of Fisher Morgan, and tenor Thomas Round is a mellifluous Hilarion. Even Leonard Osborn, who I have previously found unforgivingly nasal and dry voiced, has, with these new transfers a clarity hitherto unheard. The ladies too are in fine fettle, particularly Muriel Dickson and Cynthia Clarey. As a bonus we have Nelson Eddy's foray into the patter songs, which are a delightful addition. He is of course well known as a singer of opera and the musical comedies with Jeanette MacDonald, and gives the patter songs more of a 'singers' interpretation - there is no gabbling in silly voices here and his diction is excellent. Some interesting arrangements with the band and the chorus which are certainly that of a Hollywood type arranger and not Sullivan!

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PRINCESS IDA / PINEAPPLE POLL
Label: London
Performed by:D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, New Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by:Sir Malcolm Sargent / Sir Charles Mackerras
No of Discs:2

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PATIENCE / PRINCESS IDA
Label: Happy Days
Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent
Performer: Winifred Lawson, George Baker, et al.
Orchestra: D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus, Symphony Orchestra
No of Discs: 2


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