Stanford Robinson was a regular conductor for Columbia and the BBC in the late 1920s and early 1930s. He conducted the first recording of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

John St.Anthony Johnson – Pax Vobiscum
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanford Robinson

Mediafire link for Merrick & Johnson – Schubert competition winners – Stanford Robinson

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

Columbia 9564
Matrices WAX 4178-2, 4179-2 (10438, 10435)
Recorded 20th October 1928
Available from January 1929 to March 1935

This was one of the English Prize Works in the Schubert Centenary – Columbia International Composers Contest. It plays in C sharp minor at 76rpm, the same speed as the Merrick piece recorded at the same session.

Frank Merrick – Two Movements in Symphonic Form (A completion of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony)

1. Scherzo (2 sides)
2. Poco Allegro (2 sides)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanford Robinson

Mediafire link for Merrick & Johnson – Schubert competition winners – Stanford Robinson

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

Columbia 9562-3
Matrices WAX 4180-2, 4181-1, 4249-1, 4250-3 (10437, 10436, 10575, 10574)
Recorded 20th October 1928 (sides 1,2), 3rd November 1928 (sides 3,4)
Available from January 1929 to March 1942

This was one of the English Prize Works in the Schubert Centenary – Columbia International Composers Contest. It plays in the expected key of B minor at 76rpm.

Based on the deliberately Schubertian structure of the Scherzo, I’ve surmised that a section of music at the end of the first side is repeated at the start of the second. I’ve included two versions of the movement, one with the repeated section edited together as I believe it should be played, and one with all the music as recorded.

Johann Strauss II – Wine, Women and Song, Vocal Waltz
BBC Wireless Chorus, Orchestra, Stanford Robinson

Columbia DB458 (10”)
Matrices WA11132, 11133 (58589, 58588)
Recorded 1930-31, London, Westminster Central Hall
English Words by Craig.

Pitched 3 semitones lower than the orchestral version

Joh. Strauss II – The Blue Danube – Vocal Waltz Op.314
BBC Wireless Chorus, Orchestra, Stanford Robinson
English words by “Craig”

Columbia DB 301
Matrices WA 10658, 10659 (55630, 55636)
Recorded c1930-31

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite Op.71a
National Symphony Orchestra, Stanford Robinson

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite – 1. Miniature Overture – Robinson

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite – 2. March – Robinson

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite – 3. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Robinson

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite – 4. Russian Dance (Trepak) – Robinson

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite – 5. Arab Dance – Robinson

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite – 6. Chinese Dance – Robinson

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite – 7. The Reed Pipe Dance – Robinson

Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker Suite – 8. Waltz of the Flowers – Robinson

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

DECCA AK 1142-4
Matrices AR 9056-3, 9057-2, 9058-2, 9081-2, 9079-2, 9080-2
Recorded 18th January 1945 (tracks 1-5) and 26th January 1945 (tracks 6-8), Kingsway Hall, London
Released September 1945