October 6, 2008
Bid to Bring Gilbert and Sullivan Back to Masses
On November 24, SonyBMG will release The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan by theatrical quintet the Gala Ensemble, aiming to bring their music back to the masses.The deal will see songs from comic operas such as Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and HMS Pinafore receive a "fresh and uplifting" new recording, the label said. Those behind the deal said there has recently been a resurgence in interest in Gilbert and Sullivan, with the likes of Jo Brand, Alistair McGowan and Jonathan Ansell all taking on roles in Gilbert and Sullivan productions.Gala Ensemble were formed after SonyBMG asked musical director Marcus Marriot to find and nurture a quintet dedicated to performing Gilbert and Sullivan classics for a major label release.
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