Notes & Reviews:
Sir Charles Mackerras's irresistibly outrageous orchestrations contribute a great deal to the delight. ... I, who had not heard these creative arrangements for many years, found that they came up as fresh as the proverbial paint. Not only are the cheerful counterthemes much more complex than anything Sullivan ever imagined - notably some of those for the trombones - but the music is much more difficult to play, with the violins, I would think, taxed to the limit by some of the exuberant tempos; the Philharmonia Orchestra surmounts every problem.
Penguin Guide (Pineapple Poll)
Its glowing ambience casts a pleasing bloom over the spirited and elegantly polished playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Mackerras conducts with great warmth.