G&S Overture Discs (1970–1979)

Sullivan Overtures (1972)

Conductors: Godfrey, Walker, Sargent, Collins
Decca SPA-259
Decca SPA-259

This disc contains overtures led by various conductors, mostly from the D'Oyly Carte stereo recordings. The contents are:

  • Pinafore (James Walker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Pirates (Isidore Godfrey, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Mikado (Isidore Godfrey, National Symphony Orchestra of London)
  • Yeomen (Sir Malcolm Sargent, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Iolanthe (Isidore Godfrey, National Symphony Orchestra of London)
  • Gondoliers (Isidore Godfrey, National Symphony Orchestra of London)
  • Overture di Ballo (Anthony Collins, National Symphony Orchestra of London)

This disc was pirated and re-issued as Gilbert & Sullivan Overtures, performed by the fictitious London Radio Orchestra, under the direction of the fictitious Frank James.

Issue History
1972 Decca Stereo LP SPA 259
198-? Innovative Music Productions
Collector's Series
CD IMPX 9014

Gilbert and Sullivan Overtures (1972)

The Gilbert and Sullivan Festival Orchestra
Peter Murray, conductor

This record contains overtures issued with the Gilbert and Sullivan For All series. The overtures included are Yeomen, Gondoliers [abridged], Pirates, Iolanthe, Mikado [abridged], Ruddigore and Pinafore.

Issue History
1972 Pye Stereo LP NSPH 7

Gilbert and Sullivan Overtures (1973)

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Charles Groves

Sir Charles Groves was evidently a lover of Sullivan's music. In addition to this compilation of overtures, he also recorded the Overture di Ballo (re-issued on CD coupled with the Sargent Iolanthe) and Sullivan's Symphony in E (re-issued on CD with the Sargent Patience). The contents of this disc are the overtures to: Yeomen, Gondoliers, Patience, Iolanthe, The Mikado, and H.M.S. Pinafore. The Gondoliers overture omits the "cachucha" ending, which the liner notes make a point of saying is unauthorized.

Issue History
1973 EMI/Odeon Stereo LP TWO 403

Music of Eric Coates, etc. (197-?)

Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Mackerras
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn

The principal attraction on this album is seven selections of music of the English composer Eric Coates, but there are also three G&S overtures: those of The Mikado and Ruddigore conducted by Charles Mackerras (not Sir Charles here), and that of The Yeomen of the Guard conducted by Kenneth Alwyn. The latter is undoubtedly the same recording featured on Alwyn's own overtures disc, while the Mackerras selections are probably the ones he recorded in 1957. Interestingly, Mackerras recorded Yeomen in the same compilation, but the Alwyn recording was chosen here.

Issue History
197-? EMI LP CFP 40279