Gilbert & Sullivan: Ruddigore (Complete opera) coupled with Sullivan's Cox and Box

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GILBERT and SULLIVAN
Gilbert & Sullivan: Ruddigore (Complete opera) coupled with Sullivan's Cox and Box
D'Oyly Carte Opera Company with John Reed; Kenneth Sandford; Jean Hindmarsh / Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Isidore Godfrey

[ Decca Records / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 1 April 2003

*** Three Stars. Penguin Stereo Guide.

"There is much to enjoy here (especially Gillian Knight and Donald Adams, whose 'Ghosts' high noon' song is a marvellous highlight). Isidore Godfrey is his inimitable sprightly self and the chorus and orchestra are excellent and the chorus and orchestra are excellent. A fine, traditional D'Oyly Carte set, then, brightly recorded"
Penguin Stereo Guide.

Set in the Cornish fishing village of Rederring, Ruddigore tells of the curse placed on the Murgatroyd family for burning a witch. The unfolding melodrama, which includes much of Sullivan's most atmospheric music, reaches a climax of supernatural tension when, in The Ghosts High Noon, the ancestors climb down from their portraits to sing of their doom.

Cox & Box, a one act opera with music by Sullivan and words by F.C.Burnand, is the story of Bouncer, the landlord who rents a room to two different tennants at the same time - a hatter who works by day, and a printer who works by night. All goes well until the two men meet with surprising consequences!

"The D'Oyly Carte performance [of Cox & Box] is splendid in every way. It is given a recording which, without sacrificing clarity, conveys with perfect balance the stage atmosphere."
The Penguin Guide to Opera on CD

The cast of 'Cox and Box' is:
Donald Adams
Joseph Riordan
Alan Styler
with the New Symphony Orchestra of London
Isidore Godfrey

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