Albert Coates’s birthday

Albert Coates’s birthday This year for the anniversary of Albert Coates’s birth I’ve selected several discs conducted by Coates (and a couple of related items not conducted by Coates.) To begin with, two of Coates’s less familiar recordings. In 1932 Coates two movements from Handel organ concertos, played by Herbert Dawson on the organ of […]

Albert Coates and “The Rhinegold”

The anniversary of Albert Coates’s birth rolls round again. This year I’ve opted to transfer a disc from HMV’s acoustic Ring cycle excerpts in English of the early 1920s. “The Rhinegold” was rather short-changed in the set, meriting just one record, featuring scenes with Alberich. (HMV did also have a 1920 recording in the catalogue […]

Prosit Neujahr!

As usual, some Viennese light classics for the new year, as we start the 2020s. Eight works are given here with Hans Knappertsbusch conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on a 1957 German language DECCA LP. J Strauss I – Radetzky March – Hans Knappertsbusch, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra K Komzak – Badner Mad’ln – Hans Knappertsbusch, […]

An oblique tribute to Sir Henry Wood

To round off Sir Henry Wood’s anniversary year (150 years since his birth and 75 since his death) and anticipating the 125th anniversary of the Proms in 2020, I’ve transferred an early vocal record. The baritone Alan Turner sings A Soldier’s Song by Angelo Mascheroni, a song heard at the very first of Sir Henry’s […]

Happy Birthday Sir Henry

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry J Wood, the first conductor of the Promenade Concerts, and a mainstay of British musical life. The Proms were founded in 1895, and Sir Henry was their guiding hand for several decades, and continued to conduct in the concert series until his death in […]

Johann Strauss II on Classics Club

After the Kirkby-Lunn diversion last year, I’ve returned to Viennese fare to welcome 2019. It seems I’ve had a busy year, as I completely failed to upload anything during 2018. The two records presented here are from the Classics Club label. This venture, which began in the mid to late 1950s, initially used sources from […]

Louise Kirkby-Lunn

Rather than the usual Viennese fare to welcome 2018, I’ve opted instead by some early Pathé sides by the great English contralto Louise Kirkby-Lunn. They’re from 28cm diameter, centre-start, etched label double-sided issues. All are piano accompanied. There is a spoken introduction to the first side, presumably Madam Kirkby-Lunn herself. The second record has Kirkby-Lunn […]

Albert Coates day

April 23rd is the anniversary of the birth of the wonderful Albert Coates. To celebrate, I’ve transferred a pair of his Wagner recordings. Wagner – Lohengrin – Act 3 Prelude – Symphony Orchestra, Albert Coates HMV D 1054 Matrix Cc 7083-II (4-0751) Recorded 27th October 1925, Studio B, Hayes Wagner – Tannhäuser – March – […]

Frank Titterton sings Lehár

To end the Viennese theme for New Year, the two famous tenor arias from Lehár’s The Land of Smiles, sterlingly sung in English by Frank Titterton. My copy of this 1930s DECCA record is very worn (especially “You are my heart’s delight” which was clearly much played) and though I’ve done my best to improve […]

Walter Rehberg plays Soirée de Vienne and Voices of Spring

A pair of brief Viennese arrangements for New Year, in the form of Alfred Grünfeld’s arrangement of themes from Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, “Soirée de Vienne”, and Roderich Bass’s arrangement of Voices of Spring, both ably played by Walter Rehberg. The second record is rather more worn than the first, but still sounds quite […]

Barbirolli conducts Hansel and Gretel overture c1928

Merry Christmas. I’ve done a quick transfer of the traditionally festive fare of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel overture, in an early orchestral recording from John Barbirolli for Edison Bell’s Electron label. Humperdinck – Hänsel & Gretel – Overture – John Barbirolli and his Symphony Orchestra (mp3 file – click to play, or right click the […]

Landon Ronald’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Shakespeare’s birthday back in April, I made available the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream music, in a 1911 recording conducted by Landon Ronald. To complement this, I’ve now transferred the Ronald’s early recordings of the Overture, Nocturne and Wedding March, together with his later electrically recorded version of the Nocturne. I’ve included the […]

400 years

Although I have had not had a great deal of time to work on recordings for this site recently, I could not let the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death pass unmarked. There are several spoken word Shakespeare recordings to be found on site and music based on his works (just enter Shakespeare in the search […]

New Year’s Suppé from Basil Cameron, and Sir Henry Wood’s 1924 Enigma

For the traditional Viennese welcome to the New Year, here are three Suppé overtures, all performed by the Hastings Municipal Orchestra conducted by Basil Cameron. These Decca records from 1929 and 1930 are rather worn, and the sound is not therefore all I would hope for. Suppé – Light Cavalry – Overture – Hastings MO, […]

Bransby Williams as Scrooge (1926)

After Christmas carols earlier in the week, today it’s another Dickensian helping from Bransby Williams. His 1912 Columbia recording of his Scrooge monologues, together with a Micawber speech appeared here last year. These were replaced with later acoustic recordings in 1924, but these were swiftly rendered redundant by the advent of electrical recording. Thus in […]

Christmas Carols in German and English

For the festive season, I’ve transferred a 1950s Classics Club LP of two children’s choirs singing carols in German and English. Side 1: Children’s choir of the Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg High School, Walter Rust Franz Gruber arr Rust – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht Handel arr Rust – Tochter Zion (Judas Maccabaeus) Trad arr Rust – In Dulci […]

A Night at the Proms with Henry Wood

On Friday 17th July the BBC Proms began. It’s 120 years since the first Proms season, and for the first fifty seasons, Sir Henry Wood did the lion’s share of the conducting. Wood’s discography is large, and includes many works he performed at the proms. In 1934, Columbia made a compilation record of excerpts of […]

Coates and Shakespeare

April 23rd is Shakespeare day, and also the birthday of the great Albert Coates. Firstly, two songs by Peter Warlock, the first to a Shakespeare test, sung by Parry Jones. Warlock – Take, o take those lips away (Shakespeare) Warlock – There is a lady sweet and kind (Thomas Ford) Parry Jones, tenor with piano […]

Good Friday Music

As a quick Easter update, the Good Friday Music from Parsifal seemed apposite, here with Hermann Jadlowker and Paul Knüpfer. Wagner – Parsifal – Charfreitagszauber Orchestra, Bruno Seidler-Winkler Hermann Jadlowker, tenor Paul Knüpfer, bass Wagner – Parsifal – Good Friday – Jadlowker, Knüpfer (mp3 file – click to play, or right click the link, then […]

Classical Recordings Quarterly and CRQ Editions

I’ve subscribed to Classical Recordings Quarterly since it began life as International Classical Record Collector in 1995. It’s always been a fascinating magazine, covering mainly historical recordings, and the performers, producers and record labels associated with them. It remains consistently fascinating, but as a small but well-produced magazine in a world of rising costs and […]