Sir Charles Mackerras' arrangement of music by Sir Arthur Sullivan from the Gilbert & Sullivan operas for a comic ballet created by choreographer John Cranko, and premiered in 1951 at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. Pineapple Poll is based on "The Bumboat Woman's Story," one of W.S. Gilbert's "Bab Ballads" written in 1870. The same story formed the basis of Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore" but for the ballet Cranko expanded the story of Bab Ballad and created a happy ending. The ballet remains in the repertoire of the Royal Birmingham Ballet and has been recorded many times. This atmospheric first stereo recording remains the finest both musically and technically. Recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studio No. 1 on November 20, 1960 and produced by Peter Andry, this reissue has been cut at Abbey Road from the original EMI master tapes. It's been pressed on 180-gram vinyl on original EMI presses at The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
"This ebullient dish-up of Sullivan...is played here with tremendous élan...the definitive recording." - Gramophone, 1962
On Harry Pearson's "TAS" list.
|Poll's Solo and Pas de Deux|
|Pas de Trois|
|Belay's Solo and Sailor's Drill|
|Entry of Belaye with Blanche as Bride|