2 x CDs
The star of any production of Pinafore is Sir Joseph Porter, KCB, and John Mark Ainsley did not disappoint. He was deliciously pompous and selfsatisfied, with occasional slight (and anachronistic) Churchillian overtones in his delivery. The Opera Critic
Wittily narrated by Tim Brooke Taylor, this hilarious piece was sung and acted wonderfully; although frothily accessible, the music is operatic in style and ambition. Conductor Richard Egarr created much more than a concert performance here. Three Weeks
This live recording of an acclaimed one-off, sold-out performance at the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival captures the wit and fun of Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore.
Heading up a cast that reads like a who’s who of the opera world is John Mark Ainsley, Elizabeth Watts and Toby Spence.
Completing the star-studded line up is comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor (The Goodies, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue) as the narrator.
Conductor Richard Egarr (AAM, SCO) applies his extensive knowledge of period performance practice to recreate the sound and style typical of the late 19th century, a first for a G&S recording.
HMS Pinafore is rich in comic burlesque, sending up theatrical and operatic conventions and parodying the Italian opera of the day.
The tongue-in-cheek writing is apparent from the opening chorus and the music is equally rich in comic pastiche and styles; For he is an Englishman is one of the greatest master-strokes.
Climb aboard the HMS Pinafore for a hugely fun seafaring romp!
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