The Sargent/EMI Iolanthe (1959)

Lord ChancellorGeorge Baker
Earl of MountararatIan Wallace
Earl TollollerAlexander Young
Private WillisOwen Brannigan
StrephonJohn Cameron
Queen of the FairiesMonica Sinclair
IolantheMarjorie Thomas
CeliaApril Cantelo
LeilaHeather Harper
PhyllisElsie Morison

Pro Arte Orchestra
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent

Recorded 18 April (Overture) & 21-24 October 1958

EMI CDS7 47381-8
EMI CDS7 47381-8
World Record Club SLZ-7071
World Record Club SLZ-7071

This recording was the fifth in Sir Malcolm Sargent's series of G&S recordings with grand opera singers taking most of the leading roles. It was the second of the series to feature George Baker in the patter baritone part. Baker was a fixture on the G&S 78rpm sets, and this was his third Chancellor (having recorded it previously in 1923 and 1930). At the time of this recording he was in his late seventies. His age is particularly evident in the nightmare song. Either D'Oyly Carte's 1960 recording (with full dialogue) or the New D'Oyly Carte recording (which includes "Fold your flapping wings") will be the more appealing choice.

Angel 3597 B/L
Angel 3597 B/L
Issue History
Dec. 1959 HMV Mono LP ALP 1757/8  
Stereo LP ASD 323/4
1959? HMV Australia Mono LP OALP 1757/8
Stereo LP OASD 323/4
1960s Angel Mono LP 3597 B/L
Stereo LP S3597 B/L
Nov. 1968 EMI Mono LP XLP 30112/3
Stereo LP SXLP 30112/3
196-? World Record Club Mono LP LZ-7071
(not verified)
Highlights (New Zealand release).
Stereo LP SLZ-7071
Stereo LP LM-7063 Highlights (Australia release).
ca. 1977 World Record Club Stereo LP R 00246-7  
Feb. 1978 EMI Stereo LP SXDW 3047  
Nov. 1987 EMI CD CDS 7 47831 8 Also includes Overture di Ballo; see note below
Jul. 1989 EMI Stereo LP EX7 49597-1 Digitally remastered. Also includes Patience.
Cassette EX7 49597-4
Oct. 1992 EMI CD CMS7 64400-2 Also includes Overture di Ballo; see note below
1999 HMV CD HMVD 5 73675 2 Slimline double sold in HMV shops exclusively.
2001 EMI CD 5744682 16-CD set containing all nine of the Sargent "Glyndebourne" G&S recordings, plus various Sullivan orchestral works

Note: Some pressings that include the Overture di Ballo credit the recording to Sir Charles Groves and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Overture. This is incorrect; it is the c. 1959 recording by Sir Malcolm Sargent and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.