Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas / Sargent
Label: Warner Classics
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were a unique Victorian-era phenomenon, celebrated today for their unparalleled contribution to British musical theatre. This set of Sir Malcolm Sargent’s celebrated recordings brings together the best of the team’s comic operas, brimming with the topsy-turvy worlds, witty dialogue and highly memorable music that were the key to their highly successful partnership. Sullivan was also the nation’s leading “serious music” composer at that time, and a number of his early concert works are also featured — works that complement the comic operas in offering a foretaste of what was still to come.