|Raymond Roze (1875-1920) was the son of the renowned English soprano Marie Roze. He founded the British Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 1919 and recorded 4 issued sides for Edison Bell. He died prematurely on 30th March 1920, so the recordings were issued posthumously. One disc contained the overture to Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor, and the other the 2 Mozart overtures below.
Sir Henry Wood, in his autobiography “My Life of Music,” describes Roze:
|Mozart – The Magic Flute – overture (abridged)
Mozart – Le Nozze di Figaro – overture
British Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Roze
|Edison Bell Velvet Face 502
Matrices X1118, X1119 (take number symbols are not clearly decipherable)
Issued November 1921
The Magic Flute overture is severely and gratingly abridged to fit onto one side. The Figaro overture has one slight cut – the removal of a repeated passage near the end of the piece.