The 1951 D'Oyly Carte Patience

Colonel CalverleyDarrell Fancourt
Major MurgatroydPeter Pratt
Duke of DunstableLeonard Osborn
Neville Griffiths
BunthorneMartyn Green
GrosvenorAlan Styler
Lady AngelaYvonne Dean
Lady SaphirAnn Drummond-Grant
Lady EllaMuriel Harding
Lady JaneElla Halman
PatienceMargaret Mitchell

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Conductor: Isidore Godfrey

Decca 4047/8
Decca LK 4047/8
London A4211
London A4211
Decca (Australia) LKA 4068
Decca (Australia) LKA 4068
Richmond RS-62013
Richmond RS-62013

This set marked a changing-of-the-guard for D'Oyly Carte. Martyn Green, Darrell Fancourt, Ella Halman and Margaret Mitchell all made their final recorded appearances, as the Company began to usher in its next generation of stars. One of these was Peter Pratt, who sings the minor role of the Major here, but would become Martyn Green's replacement and play his roles through the 1950s.

The role of the Duke is shared by Leonard Osborn and Neville Griffiths. On some issues of this recording, the notes only mention Osborn, but in fact he sang just the Duke's first solo ("Of rite sacrificial…"), while Griffiths sang the rest. Griffiths' name, not Osborn's, appears on the record labels themselves. Osborn allegedly fell ill during the sessions, and Griffiths (who no doubt would have been in the chorus) took over for him.

There is nothing particularly compelling about this recording, and many listeners will prefer the 1961 recording, which has full dialogue. The performance is musically complete, except for the reprises of "Twenty love-sick maidens we" and "Prithee, pretty maiden," the opening chorus of Act II, and the fanfare at the end of the opera. These items were also omitted from early vocal scores, although they were always performed on stage.

During the 1950's, Decca issued highlights of this recording (side 1), coupled with highlights of the 1950 Mikado (side 2). The items included were as follows:

  1. Twenty love-sick maidens we
  2. The Soldiers of our Queen
  3. If you want a receipt
  4. When I first put this uniform on
  5. Am I alone? — If you're anxious for to shine
  6. But who is this? (Finale - Act I)
  7. A magnet hung in a hardware shop
  8. It's clear that mediaeval art

Sounds on CD VGS 232
Sounds on CD VGS 232
Naxos 8.110233
Naxos 8.110233
Issue History
1952 Decca Mono LP LK 4047/8  
LKA 4047/8 Australian issue
London Mono LP LL 474/475
XLLP 474/475
1953 Decca Mono LP LK 4068 Patience and Mikado highlights. Note that LKA 4068 was an Australian issue.
LKA 4068
London Mono LP LL 782
1957-8 London 45rpm REP.8013 Highlights
Late 1950s London Mono LP 5087 Patience and Mikado highlights
1961 London Mono LP LLP 474/5 in
Album A-4211
1965 Decca Mono LP ACL 1174/5  
1960s Richmond Mono LP RS 62013
R 23055 Patience and Mikado highlights
1979 Decca Stereo LP
DPA 3063/64  
ca. 1980 Decca Viva Stereo LP
AUS 1024/5 Australia/New Zealand issue
Cassette KAUS 1024/5
2002 Sounds on CD CD VGS 232 Includes Gilbert and Sullivan Favourites (Stanford Robinson, ca. 1956
2003 Naxos CD 8.110233  
2004 AVID CD AMBX138 10-CD set containing the entire nine-opera series recorded 1949–51, plus Pineapple Poll, the Overture ’Di Ballo’, and orchestral highlights (S. Robinson) from Pinafore and Yeomen