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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 growing competition, it needs more subscribers. So if you have a interest in historic classical recordings (and surely that applies to most visitors to this site) and do not already subscribe to CRQ, please consider doing so. You can find a free pdf of the June 2010 issue on their website, so that you can see if you are tempted by the magazine. I heartily recommend it.

I should make clear that I have a personal interest in supporting CRQ. In the Autumn and Winter 2013 issues, they published my two-part article on Percy Pitt and his recorded legacy, and I have undertaken several remastering projects for their associated CD reissue label CRQ Editions. So far the label has released more than 170 CDs in quarterly batches, some of which are now available as downloads. I’ve contributed the following to their catalogue:

CRQ CD076 (1 CD) Percy Pitt Conducts! Volume 1: French, German and Austrian repertoire – operatic selections by Bizet, Saint-Saëns, Thomas, Delibes, Wagner, Mendelssohn and Suppé.

CRQ CD095 (1 CD) Percy Pitt Conducts. Volume 2: Italian repertoire – operatic overtures and selections by Rossini, Drigo, Boccherini, Wolf-Ferrari, Verdi and Leoncavallo.

CRQ CD104 (1 CD) Percy Pitt conducts, Volume 3: Russian, Italian, Irish and English repertoire – works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov, Puccini, Balfe, Coleridge-Taylor and Sullivan.

CRQ CD120 (1 CD) Lorenzo Molajoli conducts the Milan Symphony Orchestra in Respighi’s Fontane di Roma and orchestral works by Cimarosa, Bellini, Rossini, Mascagni, Gounod, Fucik and Tchaikovksy.

CRQ CD131-132 (2 CD) Percy Pitt conducts, Volume 4: the vocal recordings for HMV – this includes all except two of the singers with whom Pitt recorded, and also includes examples of Pitt as piano accompanist. The first CD is devoted  to international stars and Wagner, and the second to singers from the British Empire and the USA. Also included is the only example of Pitt as a concerto conductor, leading the Air from Goldmark’s Violin Concerto with Francis MacMillen plus several purely orchestral items. The singers featured are Luisa Tetrazzini, Maria Gay, Emmy Destinn, Louise Kirkby-Lunn, John McCormack, Mario Sammarco, Titta Ruffo, Graziella Pareto, Fernand Ansseau, Marie-Louise Edvina, Dmitri Smirnov, Feodor Chaliapin, Minnie Saltzmann-Stevens, Peter Cornelius, Clarence Whitehill, Robert Radford, Florence Austral, Tudor Davies, Walter Hyde, Miriam Licette, Nora d’Argel, William Samuell, Jeanne Brola, Eveline Matthews, John Harrison, Phyllis Lett, Flora Woodman, Olga Haley, Stella Power, Rosina Buckman and Edna Thornton.

CRQ CD144 (1 CD) Eugene Goossens conducts Gramophone Premières – Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; Delius: Brigg Fair; Stravinsky: Petrushka; Rimsky-Korsakov: Dubinushka; Scriabin: Rêverie Op.24; Grainger: Molly on the Shore – Irish Reel; Goossens: Tam O’Shanter – Scherzo.

CRQ CD153 (1 CD) Eugene Goossens conducts, Volume 2: the Columbia and Edison Bell recordings – Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre; Goossens: Four Conceits, Op. 20 (first recording); Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tannhäuser: Overtures; Wolf-Ferrari: Il Segreto di Susanna: Overture; Sibelius: Scènes Historiques: Festivo; Delibes: Le Roi l’a dit: Overture ; Coppélia: 4 extracts; Planquette: Paul Jones (Surcouf): Selection; Offenbach: La Périchole: Selection; Auber: Les Diamants de la Couronne: Overture; Le Cheval de Bronze: Overture.

CRQ CD171-172 (2 CD) The Virtuoso String Quartet: pioneers of chamber music on record
Franck: Quartet in D*; Debussy: Quartet in G minor, Op. 10; Tchaikovsky; Quartet in D, Op. 11*; Beethoven: Quartet No. 12 in E flat, Op. 127, plus music for string quartet by Mendelssohn, Gossec, Grainger, Glazunov, Dittersdorf and Haydn (*=first recording) / Virtuoso String Quartet (Marjorie Hayward, Edwin Virgo, violins; Raymond Jeremy, viola; Cedric Sharpe, cello).

Further projects for this label are currently in production.

A festive feast of Wagner and Verdi

To round off the Wagner and Verdi bicentenary year, I’ve gathered a varied selection of music by these two operatic greats, in various guises.

Dajos Béla recorded extensively in many genres. The following abridged version of the Tannhäuser Overture is one of his more straightforwardly classical recordings, though the scoring is adapted for his band of the time – a piano can definitely be heard contributing.

Wagner – Tannhäuser – Overture (abridged)
Künstler-Kapella Dajos Béla

Wagner – Tannhäuser – Overture – Dajos Béla

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

Odeon AA79816-7
Matrices xxBo 7551, 7552-II
Recorded 24th April 1923
Plays in A440 at 80rpm
Dan Godfrey has appeared here on many occasions, but this is the first time I’ve transferred anything by his eldest son, Dan Godfrey Jr. He very much followed in his father’s footsteps. He was appointed by the nascent BBC to conduct the 2LO Military Band with whom he recorded some 50 sides for the Edison Bell company, mostly arrangements of serious classical fare.

Wagner – The Rhinegold – Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
2LO Military Band, Dan Godfrey Jr

Wagner – Rhinegold – Entry of the Gods – 2LO Military Band, Godfrey Jr

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Winner 4112
Matrices 8921B-1, 8922B-1
Recorded and issued 1924
Plays in A452 at 80.3rpm

 

The Dresden-born Emil Enderlein (b 1887) started as a lyric tenor, before developing into a Heldentenor. He sang Walther in Die Meistersinger at Bayreuth in 1925, and Parsifal and the Götterdämmerung Siegfried at the Zoppot Forest Opera in 1927-28. After his Bayreuth performances he changed his stage name to Erik Enderlein, and continued to perform well into the 1930s. After retirement he worked as a singing teacher in Berlin. He recorded for Pathé, Parlophone, Polyphon and Polydor as Emil Enderlein, but this curious
piano accompanied account of two excerpts from the Ring cycle appeared on the Piccadilly label, an offshoot of the Metropole label. The recordings are likely to have been made in 1929 when he sang at Covent Garden.

Wagner – The Valkyrie – Spring Song
Wagner – Siegfried – Forging Song
Eric Enderlein, tenor with piano

Wagner – Valkyrie – Spring Song – Enderlein

Wagner – Siegfried – Forging Song – Enderlein

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Piccadilly No.5020
Matrices 1914, 1915
Recorded 1929
78.3rpm

 

The Carl Rosa Opera Company was a mainstay of opera in English from 1873 to 1960 (before being revived in 1997) performing in London and all round Britain. The selection from Lohengrin is conducted by Arthur Hammond (1904-1991) who joined the company in 1928, but by 1936 was working at Covent Garden. Imperial records were produced by the Crystalate company from 1920 to 1934, probably placing this record in the early 1930s. None of the soloists are named, but are likely to be Carl Rosa regulars of the period (but probably not among the top rank singers who were contracted to other recording companies.)

Wagner – Lohengrin – Vocal Selection
Arthur Hammond, Carl Rosa Orchestra, Carl Rosa Opera Company

Wagner – Lohengrin – vocal selection – Carl Rosa Co, Hammond

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Imperial Z 115
Matrices T.I. 146.A, 148.A
Recorded c1931-32
79.1rpm

 

The French tenor Paul Franz (1876-1950) was born François Gauthier in Paris. He did not train as a singer until he was almost 30, but soon was in demand across a wide repertoire.

Wagner – Tristan & Isolde – Ou Tristan va se rendre
Wagner – Le Crépuscule des Dieux – Mort de Siegfried
Paul Franz, tenor with Orchestra

Wagner – Tristan und Isolde – Ou Tristan va se rendre – Paul Franz

Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Siegfried’s Death – Paul Franz

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

Pathé No.0286 (29cm, paper label, edge start)
Recording numbers 2376, 2494 R
Recorded c1919-20
Disc transfers 8th Jan 1924, 4th September 1924
73.1rpm, 76.5rpm

 

Borghild Bryhn-Langaard (1883-1939) was a Norwegian soprano, taught partly by Grieg’s wife Nina Hagerup. She sang the Rhinegold Fricka and Valkyrie Brünnhilde in Richter’s English Ring cycle at Covent Garden in 1908.

Wagner – Tannhäuser – Elizabeth’s Greeting
Wagner – Die fligende Holländer – Senta’s Ballad
Borghild Bryn (Borghild Lindvig Bryhn-Langaard), soprano with Orchestra

Wagner – Tannhäuser – Dich teurer Halle – Bryn

Wagner – Die fliegende Holländer – Senta’s Ballad – Bryn

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Pathé 729
Recording numbers 77198, 77201
Matrices 24198 G, 47320 GR
Recorded 1917-18, Berlin
Play in score pitch at 94.4rpm, 91.5rpm

 

The cellist W.H. Squire recorded extensively for the Gramophone Company and Columbia, with large works interspersed with lighter pieces or arrangements of standards.

Wagner – Tannhäuser – O Star of Eve
W.H. Squire, cello with piano

Wagner – Tannhäuser – O Star of Eve – WH Squire


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His Master’s Voice 7886
Matrix ak 14731e
Recorded 5th January 1912, London
78.4rpm

 

Landon Ronald needs little introduction for those who know this site well. A Wagner celebration could not go by without including something from him.

Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Siegfried’s Funeral March
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, Landon Ronald

Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Siegfried’s Funeral March – RAHO, Ronald


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His Master’s Voice D 502
Matrices HO 4434af, 4433-IIaf (3-0529, 3-0530)
Recorded 11th June 1920, Hayes
79.6rpm
John Barbirolli is also a name that requires little introduction, and his later recordings are well known. But early efforts like this operatic selection have received less attention.

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

 

The Zoppot Forest Opera ran from 1921 to 1944 in Sopot (now in Poland) and was known as the Bayreuth of the North. Many prominent singer and conductors performed there, though by 1942 when Siegfried and Die Meistersinger were performed, the singers were perhaps not such big names, but still acquit themselves well.

Wagner – Siegfried:
Siegfried und die Stimme des Waldvogels a.d. 2 Akt – Freundliches Vöglein, dich frage ich nun
Zwischenspiel a.d. 3 Akt
Berlin State Orchestra, Robert Heger
Heinz Kraayvanger, tenor.
Cova Wackers, soprano

Wagner – Siegfried – Woodbird scene – Kraayvanger, Wackers, Heger

Wagner – Siegfried – Interlude to Act 3 Scene 3 – Heger


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Polydor 67922
Matrices 1880½-GS9, 1891½-GS9
Recorded 18th June 1942 “Aufnahmen mit Künstlern der Zoppoter Waldoper 1942”
77.1rpm

 

Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini, born in Italy in 1881 had a substantial career in Britain, performing in concerts and opera. He recorded extensively for Parlophone, but can also be heard on Regal and Piccadilly.

This particular record has a bad fracture affecting the first minute or so of each side.

Verdi – Il Trovatore – Ah si ben mio; Di quella pira
Giuseppe Lenghi Cellini, tenor with Orchestra

Verdi – Il Trovatore – Ah si ben mio – Lenghi-Cellini

Verdi – Il Trovatore – Di quella pira – Lenghi-Cellini


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Piccadilly No.5032
Matrices 3556-2, 3559
Recorded c1930
79.3rpm (Di quella pira transposed down a semitone)
Alick Maclean is a favourite conductor of mine, though few of his recordings have appeared here so far. He recorded extensively with the NQHLO, and also regularly conducted the Scarborough Spa Orchestra.

Verdi – Aida – Selection
The New Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra, Alick Maclean

Verdi – Aida – selection – NQHLO, Maclean


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Columbia L 1439
Matrices 75089-2, 75090-2
Recorded 11th May 1922, London
Available from 10/1922 to 2/1928
(Intended replacement on AX491-2; 492-2; recorded 2nd July 1924 conducted by Eugene Goossens II; test pressings made; but not issued)
80.3rpm

 

The shortlived British violinist Mary Law has appeared here before. These operatic fantasias were standard fare for her in the recording studios.

Verdi – Il Trovatore: Fantasia; La Traviata: Fantasia
Mary Law, violin with piano

Verdi – Trovatore fantasia – Mary Law

Verdi – Traviata fantasia – Mary Law


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Zonophone Record The Twin Serial A 177
Matrices AL 8350f, AL 8354f (Z-047919, Z-047920)
Recorded 8th June 1915, London
77.9rpm

 

Stanley Chapple was the house conductor for the Aeolian Vocalion company, conducting orchestral works, as well as substantial operatic excerpts like the following. As usual, the soloists are unnamed, though I suspect that Frank Titterton can be heard on the Rigoletto selections.

Verdi – Vocal Excerpts from “Il Trovatore”
Grand Opera Company, Soloists, Full Orchestra, Stanley Chapple

Verdi – Il Trovatore – vocal excerpts – Chapple


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Broadcast Twelve 5187-8
Matrices LO 733, 734, 735x, 736
Recorded 1930
79.0rpm

Verdi – Vocal Gems from “Rigoletto”
Grand Opera Company, Soloists, Full Orchestra, Stanley Chapple

Verdi – Rigoletto – vocal gems – Chapple


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Broadcast Twelve 3094
Matrices LO 1108x, 1109x
Recorded 1931-2
78.5rpm

 

This HMV issue of US Victor masters of vocal gems from Aida in English disguises under the heading of “Grand Opera Company” an ensemble that includes the young Richard Crooks as Radames.

Verdi – Aïda – Vocal Gems
Grand Opera Company
Della Baker, soprano
Elsie Baker, contralto
Stanley Baughman, baritone
Rose Bryant, contralto
Helen Clark, soprano
Richard Crooks, tenor
Frank Croxton, bass
Royal Dadmun, baritone
Charles H Hart, tenor
Vivian Holt, soprano
Judson House, tenor
Olive Kline, soprano
Lucy Isabelle Marsh, soprano
Lambert Murphy, tenor
Ruth Rodgers, soprano
Orchestra, Rosario Bourdon

Verdi – Aida – vocal gems – Bourdon


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His Master’s Voice C 1605
Matrices CVE-13995-20, 13996-23
Recorded 13th July 1928, Liederkranz Hall, New York
76.3rpm

 

In 1902-3 the Anglo-Italian Commerce Company made a number of recordings in Milan for Pathé. The two excerpts here are from a Verdi rarity, I due Foscari, and are sung by an unnamed baritone.

Verdi – I due Foscari – O vecchio cor che batti; Questa dunque è
unnamed baritone with piano
Verdi – I due Foscari – O vecchio cor che batti – unnamed baritone

Verdi – I due Foscari – Questa dunque è – unnamed baritone


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Pathé 80098, 80874
Matrices 59089, 7555
Recorded c 1902-3, Milan
90.6rpm, 88.4rpm

 

France’s Garde Républicaine recorded extensively for many years for several companies. In Britain, the most comparable equivalent is the Coldstream Guards Band. These early operatic fantaisies have spoken introductions.

Verdi – Le Trouvère – Fantaisie
Garde Républicaine    

Verdi – Le Trouvère – Fantaisie – Garde Républicaine


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Odeon 33318/33319
Matrices 33318-2 x, 33319-3 x
Recorded c December 1904
76.1rpm

Boult’s early Humperdinck and lighter fare for 2013

As the festive season passes, it’s time for some of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, in early acoustical recordings by Adrian Boult. To follow this, in the spirit of the New Year Concert, if not the letter, some very light fare indeed: two entertaining bassoon solos from E W Hincliff and two numbers performed by the Serge Krish septet.

Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel:
Overture
Hexenritt
Traum Pantomime

British Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel – Overture – Boult


Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel – Hexenritt – Boult

Humperdinck – Hansel and Gretel – Traum Pantomime – Boult

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His Master’s Voice D 591, D 617
Matrices Cc 624-II, 625-II, 1069-III, Cc 1070-II (3-0690, 3-0691, 3-0718, 3-0719)
Recorded 3rd November 1921 (Overture) and 6th March 1922, Hayes, Room 1

Trad arr. Fred Godfrey – Lucy Long
Hinchcliff – Ri-Too-Ral-I-Tay
E.W. Hinchcliff, bassoon
Mme Adami, piano

Trad – Lucy Long – Hinchcliff


Hinchcliff – Ri-Too-Ral-I-Tay – Hinchcliff

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His Master’s Voice B 1756
Matrices Bb 3977-II, 3978-I (7551, 7552)
Recorded 17th December 1923, Hayes

Ernest William Hinchcliff was born in London in 1878, and married a Jean Arklay, producing a son and two daughters by 1935. He was a professor of bassoon at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall) and the Guildhall. He was bassoonist for the London Symphony Orchestra from 1904, Beecham Symphony Orchestra from 1910, New Symphony Orchestra from 1913, BBC Orchestra from 1923.

F Poliakin – The Canary (Le Canari)
F Arndt – Nola – A Silhouette
Serge Krish Septet

Poliakin – The Canary – Serge Krish Septet


Arndt – Nola – Serge Krish Septet

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Regal Zonohpone MR 1753
Matrices CAR 3379-1, 3384-1
Recorded late 1930s

Delius – Eugene Goossens, Geoffery Toye, John Barbirolli; Mozart’s Figaro Overture – Barbirolli; Beatrice Harrison & Harold Craxton – Delius’s Cello Sonata; Dame Ethel Smyth – overture to The Wreckers

I couldn’t let this Delius anniversary year pass without a selection of his recordings from 78s. These range from acoustics conducted by Eugene Goossens III through some early electricals with Geoffrey Toye up to post-war records by John Barbirolli. There’s one filler side from Barbirolli which is not by Delius. There’s also the early electrical set of the Cello Sonata played by its dedicatee, Beatrice Harrison.

And for a bonus, another English composer, Dame Ethel Smyth, conducts the overture to her opera “The Wreckers.”

Delius – Brigg Fair
Delius – On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Delius – Brigg Fair – RAHO, Goossens

Delius – On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring – RAHO, Goossens

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His Master’s Voice D 799-800
Matrices Cc 4017-I, 4018-I, 4019-II, 4081-I (3-0974, 3-0975, 3-0976, 3-0977)
Recorded 31st December 1923 and 15th January 1924, Hayes

Brigg Fair is complete, but the Cuckoo is slightly abridged, losing 23 bars in total (from 2 before fig 5 to 4 after fig 6, and from 4 after fig 9 to 3 before fig 11.)

Delius – Sonata for Cello and Piano
Beatrice Harrison, cello
Harold Craxton, piano

Delius – Cello Sonata – Harrison, Craxton

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His Master’s Voice D 1103-4
Matrices Cc 8199-II, 8200-I, 8201-II, 8202-II (08251, 08252, 08270, 08253)
Recorded 29th March 1926, Hayes

Delius – Brigg Fair
London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Toye

Delius – Brigg Fair – LSO, Toye

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His Master’s Voice D 1442-3
Matrices CR 1649-I, 1650-I, 1651-I, 1652-I (5-0824, 5-0773, 5-0774, 5-0775)
Recorded 19th February 1928, Kingsway Hall, London

Delius – In a Summer Garden
London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Toye
Delius – A Song Before Sunrise
New Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli

Delius – In a Summer Garden – LSO, Toye

Delius – A Song Before Sunrise – NSO, Barbirolli

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His Master’s Voice D 1696-7
Matrices CR 1655-I, 1656-IA, 1657-IA, Cc 16663-II (5-0776, 5-0777, 6-0808, 6-0793)
Recorded 19th February 1928 (Toye) and 7th June 1929 (Barbirolli), Kingsway Hall, London

Delius – The Walk to the Paradise Garden
New Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Toye

Delius – The Walk to the Paradise Garden – NSO, Toye

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His Master’s Voice D 1738
Matrices Cc 16763-II, 16764-II (32-755, 32-756)
Recorded 13th September 1929, Embassy Theatre, London

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

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

PREVIOUSLY AVAILABLE:

Delius – The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Goossens

Delius – Walk to the Paradise Garden – Cincinnati SO, Goossens

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RCA Victor 11-9493
Matrices D6-RC-5139/40
Recorded 14th February 1946, Cincinnati

Smyth – The Wreckers – Overture
British Symphony Orchestra, Dame Ethel Smyth

Smyth – The Wreckers – overture – BSO, Smyth

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Columbia DX 287
Matrices WAX 5567, 5568 (13625, 13624)
Recorded 1st May 1930, Westminster Central Hall, London

Mark Hambourg, Marjorie Hayward, Frank Bridge and Warwick Evans play Scherzo from Saint-Saëns’s Piano Quartet

Another brief chamber music update, this time one of the four chamber sides recorded in 1917 by Mark Hambourg. This features Marjorie Hayward on violin, Frank Bridge on viola and Warwick Evans on cello, in a heavily abridged version of the Scherzo from Saint-Saëns’s Piano Quartet in B flat major.

Saint-Saëns – Piano Quartet in B flat major Op.41 – Scherzo
Marjorie Hayward,
violin
Frank Bridge,
cello
C. Warwick-Evans,
cello
Mark Hambourg,
piano

Saint-Saëns – Scherzo from Piano Quartet in B flat – Hambourg et al

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His Master’s Voice 08054
Matrix HO 2726ef
Recorded 7th July 1917
Play at 78rpm

The recording contains the following sections of the score:
bb1-60; bb94-113, bb33-60, bb231-318 (end)

The London Wind Quintette (Murchie, Goossens, Draper, James and A.E. Brain) play works by Pierné and Scarlatti

The single record in this update is contains two treats from the wind ensemble repertoire. The London Wind Quintette are heard on an early 1920s Edison Bell Velvet Face 12” record. The quintette features flautist Robert Murchie, Leon Goossens on oboe, Haydn Draper on clarinet, bassoonist Wilfred James and horn player Alfred Edwin Brain Jr. The discography given in Carole Rosen’s “The Goossens – A Musical Century” names Frederick Salkeld as the horn player, with a recording date of 1923. However, the record labels clearly state A.E. Brain. Brain left the UK in August 1922, playing in the NYPO, LAPO and was heard on numerous film soundtracks. His date of emigration and the matrix numbers on the record suggest a 1922 recording date.

Pierné – Pastorale
Scarlatti – Andante and Allegro (from Suite)
London Wind Quintette:
Robert Murchie,
flute
Leon Goossens,
oboe
Haydn Draper,
clarinet
Wilfred James,
bassoon
Alfred Edwin Brain Jr,
horn

Pierné – Pastorale – London Wind Quintette

Scarlatti – Andante and Allegro – London Wind Quintette

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Edison Bell Velvet Face 515
Matrices X1147H-2, X1148H-1
Recorded 1922
Play at about 83.6rpm

The Scarlatti pieces are arrangements of the Sonata in D minor K9/L413 transposed to E minor, and Sonata in G minor K450/L38 in its original key.

The Pierné Pastorale is No.1 from Album pour mes petits amis Op.14, in its original key of A minor. Bars 35-80 are repeated, presumably so that record was filled out to a reasonable duration.

Virtuoso String Quartet – Beethoven Op.127, a movement by Dittersdorf; Marjorie Hayward & Una Bourne – Grieg’s Violin Sonata in C minor, Mozart K.378; Fethi Kapuz plays Alnar

The major project continues, so I’ve again transferred some other items, with the focus on violinists. Marjorie Hayward is heard as the first violinist of the Virtuoso Quartet in a Beethoven Quartet, and then as soloist in Grieg’s Third Sonata, with Una Bourne at the piano. The additional curiosity item is of the Turkish violinist Fethi Kapuz, recorded by the BBC in 1950 with Clarence Raybould as accompanist, playing two movements by the Turkish composer Hasan Ferit Alnar.

Beethoven – String Quartet No.12 in E flat major Op.127

I. Maestoso – Allegro (2 sides)
II. Adagio ma non troppo – Andante con moto – Adagio molto espressivo 
(3 sides)
III. Scherzando, vivace
(2 sides)
IV. Finale
(2 sides)

Dittersdorf – Minuet from Quartet in E flat major

Virtuoso String Quartet:
Marjorie Hayward,
violin
Edwin Virgo, violin
Raymond Jeremy, viola
Cedric Sharpe, cello

Mediafire link for Beethoven – String Quartet Op.127 – Virtuoso Quartet

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His Master’s Voice Album Series No.35, D1183-7
Matrices Cc 7022-V, 7023-VI, 7059-II, 7060-II, 7503-I, 7506-II, 7507-III, 7552-I, 7553-II, 8517-I (single side numbers 08293, 08294, 08260, 08268, 08298, 08256, 08261, 08269, 08257, 08272)
Recorded 12th October 1926 (sides 1, 2), 26th October 1925 (sides 3, 4 at 79rpm), 14th December 1925 (sides 5, 6, 7), 17th December 1925 (sides 8, 9), 6th September 1926 (side 10), Hayes

Grieg – Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor Op.45

I. Allegro molto ed appassionato (2 sides)
II. Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza – Allegro molto – Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza (2 sides)
III. Allegro animato (2 sides)

Marjorie Hayward, violin
Una Bourne, piano

Mediafire link for Grieg – Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor Op.45 – Hayward and Bourne

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His Master’s Voice C 1388-90
Matrices Cc 6812-IV, 6813-VI, 6814-VIII, 7008-V, 7009-V, 7010-III (single side numbers 08254, 08258, 08266, 08267, 08255, 08259)
Recorded 11th November 1925 (side 1), 19th November 1925 (sides 2 to 6), Hayes

Mozart – Violin Sonata in B flat major K.378

I. Allegro (2 sides)
II. Andante sostenuto e cantabile (1 side)
III. Allegro (Rondo) (1 side)

Marjorie Hayward, violin
Una Bourne, piano

Mediafire link for Mozart – Violin Sonata in B flat K378 – Hayward and Bourne

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His Master’s Voice C 1247-8
Matrices Cc 7233-I, 7234-IV, 7492-II, 7493-III (single side numbers 08234/7)
Recorded 11th November 1925 (sides 1 and 2), 10th December 1925 (sides 3 and 4), Hayes

The next item is a BBC library recording, with that stalwart of the Columbia catalogues, Clarence Raybould providing the accompaniment for the Turkish violinist Fethi Kapuz in two of the three pieces from Suite for Violin and Piano by Hasan Ferit Alnar.

Hasan Ferit Alnar – Three Pieces from Suite for Violin and Piano

Side 1. Adagio
Side 2. Taksim

Fethi Kapuz, violin
Clarence Raybould, piano

Alnar – Adagio from Suite for Violin and Piano – Kapuz, Raybould


Alnar – Taksim from Suite for Violin and Piano – Kapuz, Raybould

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BBC Lib. No. 15484
Matrices 12RH 64450, 64452
Recorded 21st June 1950

Franz André – Bizet’s Arlèsienne Suites; Ivanov, Gauk, Golovanov – Balakirev; Henry Wood – Purcell, Mendelssohn; Hamilton Harty – Tchaikovsky; Mengelberg – Johann Strauss II; The Virtuoso String Quartet – Debussy’s Quartet, Mendelssohn; Robert Carr – “The trail of the lonesome pine”, “When love creeps in your heart”

To begin the New Year, I’m looking back as well as forwards. Mendelssohn and Purcell had anniversaries in 2009, so you can hear works by them, conducted by Henry Wood. There’s also a movement from one of Mendelssohn’s String Quartets, as a filler for the Virtuoso Quartet’s recording of the Debussy String Quartet. There will be more from this quartet and from Wood in 2010. Also I hope to make more recordings by Hamilton Harty available here – so as a sort of teaser, one of those odd Columbia couplings, of Harty conducting Tchaikovksy and Mengelberg conducting Johann Strauss II (which serves as a late acknowledgement of the New Year’s Day Concert). From the LP era, comes a delightful sounding recording of Bizet’s Arlèsienne Suites from Franz André, and three Balakirev works, probably recorded in the early to mid-1950s, but here remastered from a Saga LP.

And as a curio, and a continuation of unusual vocal recordings, the widely recorded bass Robert Carr sings two songs on a Winner record, including an early recording of the Trail of the Lonesome Pine – rather more lugubrious than the version with Stan and Ollie.

Bizet – L’Arlèsienne Suites 1 & 2

Mediafire link for Bizet – L’Arlèsienne Suites – Franz André

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Telefunken LGX 666021
Matrices LP037096-1B, 037097-1B
Recorded 1st October 1953
Issued 1954
L’ Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion Nationale Belge, Franz André

Suite No.1 – I. Prelude
Suite No.1 – II. Minuetto No.1
Suite No.1 – III. Adagietto
Suite No.1 – IV. Carillon

Suite No.2 – I. Pastorale
Suite No.2 – II. Intermezzo
Suite No.2 – III. Minuetto No.2
Suite No.2 – IV. Farandole

Balakirev – Russia
Soviet Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konstantin Ivanov
Balakirev – Overture on Three Russian Themes
Soviet Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Gauk
Balakirev – Tamara
Soviet Radio Symphony Orchestra, Nikolai Golovanov

Mediafire link for Balakirev – Orchestral works

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Saga Sovereign XID 5101
Matrices XID 5101A, 5101B
Issued 1961
Recorded 1952 (Golovanov), mid 1950s? other items. All in mono

Purcell arr. Henry J Wood – Suite in Five Movements

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Decca K.975/6
Matrices TA 2967-II, 2968-II, 2969-II, 2970-III
Recorded 2nd April 1937
Available from October 1941
The Queen’s Hall Orchestra, Sir Henry J. Wood
George Stratton,
leader

No.1. Prelude from Act 3 “Dioclesian” (Molto maestoso)
No.2. Minuet from “Distressed Innocence” (Tempo di minuetto)
No.3. Largo from “5th Sonata for Strings, in three parts”
No.4. Song of the Birds (Allegro from “Timon of Athens”) No.5. Vivace from “1st Sonata for Strings”

Mendelssohn – Fingal’s Cave Overture; Two Songs without words

Mediafire link for  Mendelssohn – Hebrides, Songs without words – Wood

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Columbia 9843-4
Matrices WAX 4731-2, 4732-2, 4733-2, 4734-2 (S 808, 810, 811, 807)
Recorded 4th March 1929
Available from mid-September 1929 to February 1948
The New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, Sir Henry J. Wood

All sides run at about 76.8rpm

Fingal’s Cave Overture (“The Hebrides”) (3 sides)
Two Songs without Words – (1) Spring Song; (2) Bee’s Wedding (1 side)

Tchaikovksy – Mazeppa – Cossack Dance
Matrix CAX 6279-1
Recorded 12th February 1932
Hallé Orchestra, Sir Hamilton Harty

Johann Strauss II – Perpetuum Mobile
Matrix 6428-1
Recorded 11th May 1932, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Willem Mengelberg

Download – Tchaikovksy – Mazeppa – Cossack Dance – Harty

Download – Johann Strauss II _ Perpetuum Mobile – Mengelberg

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Columbia LX 240

Debussy – String Quartet in G minor Op.10
Mendelssohn – Quartet in Eb major Op.43 – II. Scherzo

Mediafire link for Debussy – String Quartet – Virtuoso Quartet

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His Master’s Voice D 1058-1061
Matrices Cc 6690-II, 6691-V, 6692-VII, 6711-IIII, 6712-IIII, 6713-II, 6891-IV, 7021-I (single side numbers 08218/9, 08220/5)
Recorded 14th September 1925 (side 1), 18th September (side 4, 6) 4th December 1925 (side 2, 3, 5, 7), 21st October 1925 (Mendelssohn)

No.1. First Movement – Animé et très décidé (First Record)
No.2. First Movement – Animé et très décidé (Second Record)
No.3. Second Movement – Assez vif et bien rythmé
No.4. Third Movement – Andantino doucement expressif (First Record)
No.5. Third Movement – Andantino doucement expressif (Second Record)
No.6. Fourth Movement – Très modéré (First Record)
No.7. Fourth Movement – Très modéré (Second Record)
String Quartet in Eb major Op.44, No.3 – II. Scherzo: Assai leggiero vivace

Virtuoso String Quartet
Marjorie Hayward,
violin
Edwin Virgo, violin
Raymond Jeremy, viola
Cedric Sharpe, cello

Bennett Scott – When love creeps in your heart – Ballad (lyrics AJ Mills)
Harry Carroll – The trail of the lonesome pine – Popular song

Download – When love creeps – Robert Carr

Download – The trail of the lonesome pine – Robert Carr

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The Winner 2546
Matrices 1058B-2, 1059W-1 (3901)
Issued February 1914
Orchestra
Robert Carr, baritone

Play in E flat and A flat respectively at 80rpm