John Barbirolli, best remembered as a conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, recorded extensively from the late 1920s onwards, through to the stereo era.

Delius – A Song Before Sunrise
New Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Delius – A Song Before Sunrise – NSO, Barbirolli

(mp3 file – click to play, or right click the link, then select “Save as”)

His Master’s Voice D 1696-7
Matrix Cc 16663-II (6-0793)
Recorded 7th June 1929, Kingsway Hall, London

Filler side for Geoffrey Toye’s recording of Delius’s In a Summer Garden

Puccini – Tosca:
Tre sbirri, una carrozza
La povera mi cena fu interrotta (… Gia mi dicon venal)

Orchestra , John Barbirolli
Giovanni Inghilleri,
baritone
Octave Dua, tenor

His Master’s Voice D 1701
Matrices CR 2422-I, CR 2423-I (2-052426/7)
Recorded 19th June 1929

Verdi – Un Ballo in Maschera – Eri tu che macchiavi quell’ anima
Orchestra, John Barbirolli
Verdi – Rigoletto – Pari siamo!
Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Carlo Sabajno
Giovanni Inghilleri,
baritone

Mediafire link for Aida, Tosca, Ballo, Rigoletto – Inghilleri, Poli-Randaccio

(This is a zip file – left click the link, download the file, then unzip when downloaded)

His Master’s Voice D 1823
Matrices CR 2424-II (2-052424), CF 2359-IV (2-052394)
Recorded 19th June 1929, 10th December 1928

This record has a small chunk chipped from the rim, affecting the start of the groove on both sides.

Puccini – Madam Butterfly – Act 1. Love duet, finale
Lilian Stiles Allen, soprano.  Dan Jones, tenor
John Barbirolli’s Symphony Orchestra

Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana – Santuzza’s Song
Lilian Stiles Allen, soprano
John Barbirolli’s Symphony Orchestra

Edison Bell X523
Matrices X1762F, X 1763D
Recorded c1930

Wagner – Tannhäuser – Selection (arr Alfonso Gibilaro)
London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Wagner – Tannhäuser – selection – LSO, Barbirolli
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His Master’s Voice C 2293
Matrices 2B 1102-1, 1103-1 (32-2441, 32-2442)
Recorded 25th September 1931, Queen’s Hall, London
77.6rpm

Delius – The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Delius – The Walk to the Paradise Garden – Hallé, Barbirolli

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His Master’s Voice C 3484
Matrices 2ER 817-I, 818-I
Recorded 16th February 1945, Manchester

This record is rather well-worn, and suffers some distortion in forte passages, particularly in the first half

Delius – Deux Aquarelles
Mozart – Overture “The Marriage of Figaro”
Hallé Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Delius – Deux Aquarelles – Hallé, Barbirolli
Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture – Hallé, Barbirolli

(mp3 files – click to play, or right click the link, then select “Save as”)

His Master’s Voice C 3864
Matrices 2EA 12961-2, 13654-1
Recorded 1st May 1948, 3rd May 1949, London?

Johann Strauss I – Radetzky March
Hallé Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli

From PYE CCL 30130
Recorded 1954-7, issued 1957