Nothing to do with Buddhism, but since the section allows discussion of non-Buddhist media, I thought I might as well ask.
I happen to be a very big fan of Gilbert and Sullivan, does anyone else like their work? If so what's your favourite operetta and what recordings do you recommend?
My favourite is definitely The Gondoliers, and so far my favourite recording is "1961 D'Oyly Carte (with dialogue) – New Symphony Orchestra of London, Conductor: Isidore Godfrey." John Reed in it is fantastic, and the CD version from 1989 is really such high quality you'd expect it were made last year. It neither has the best story nor comedy, but the metre, rhyme, and composition is just beyond measure in my opinion. I find the same can be said for Yeomen of the Guard, which has minimal comedy, but some of the best poetry and composition. However, my second favourite has to be Pirates of Penzance.
Here's one of my favourite clips, John Reed, not only demonstrating how a patter song is done to perfection, but Gilbert's uncanny poetic abilities and handle for rhyming just about anything within the confines of highly complex metre, I certainly don't know anyone who can emulate him in both of these, I don't read German but I have heard Goethe could do it quite well: