Damian's 78s (and a few early LPs)

Historic recordings remastered. Not a sales list!

Brahms Intermezzi played by PM Ireland; Vocal gems from Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl; Lulworth Cove – Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra – Charles Williams

While a big project slowly progresses, I’ll be posting occasional smaller updates. This latest includes three very different records, embracing opera, orchestra and piano.

Balfe – The Bohemian Girl – Vocal Gems:
Light Opera Company:

Sopranos: Della Baker, Helen Clark, Erva Giles, Emily Stokes Hagar, Olive Kline, Lucy Isabelle Marsh, Gladys Rice
Contraltos: Edna Indermauer, Marie Stone Langston, Mrs James Price
Tenors: Franklyn Baur, Richard Crooks, Charles H Hart,  Lambert Murphy
Baritones: Royal Dadmun, Elliott Shaw
Basses: Frank Croxton, Wilfred Glenn

Light Opera Orchestra, Rosario Bourdon

Balfe – The Bohemian Girl – Vocal gems – Bourdon

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

His Master’s Voice C 1382
Matrices CVE-17507-01, 17508-10 (HMV sides 2-04606, 2-04607)
Recorded 25th August 1926, Victor Church Building Studio, Camden, New Jersey

Score references to Boosey The Royal Edition vocal score (1899)
Side 1:
Intro.: – Away to Hill and Glen – I dreamt that I dwellt (Eb, p96-98, on pitch) – Heart bow’d down – Silence (D, p82-84, 87, semitone down) – Fair Land of Poland – Happy and light (Eb, p114-117)

Side 2
Intro.: – In the gipsy life (G, p32-35 – on pitch) – Come with the Gypsy Bride – Bliss for ever past – What is the spell – Then you’ll remember me (Db, p178-9) – Oh what full delight


Brahms – Intermezzo Op.119 No.1 and Intermezzo Op.117 No.1
PM Ireland, piano

Brahms – Intermezzo Op.119 No.1 – PM Ireland

Brahms – Intermezzo Op.117 No.1 – PM Ireland

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

Private Recording by Levy’s Sound Studios Ltd, London W.1. England
73 & 101 New Bond St., W.1 – Mafair 8521/2
Lacquer on aluminium disc
Unnumbered, no matrix numbers. Probably recorded around 1950

I have been unable to trace any information about the pianist PM Ireland who is heard on these two sides.


Charles Shadwell – Lulworth Cove
Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra, Charles Williams

Shadwell – Lulworth Cove – QHLO, Williams

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

Chappell C.163 (single sided)
Matrix CTP 12319-1
Recorded 1942-5

This piece of British light music is inspired by Lulworth Cove, on the south coast of England.

Vocal Gems from the Bohemian Girl

Balfe’s “The Bohemian Girl” was a popular light opera on the English stage from the nineteenth century. Various popular arias from the work were a staple of the record catalogues in the 78rpm era, and its overture remained a favourite. The present recording is a typical “vocal gems” compilation, including three of the most popular solos and some ensemble passages. Licette and Noble remain fairly familiar names, though Russell (who sang Calaf) and Brindle (a stalwart of the Moody-Manners opera company) are barely remembered now.

Mediafire link for – Balfe – The Bohemian Girl – Vocal gems

(This is an mp3 file – left click the link, download the file)

Balfe – The Bohemian Girl – Vocal Gems
Part 1:
Happy and light of heart (p114-117); I dreamt that I dwellt (p96-98); When other lips (p178-179); Silence (p82-84, 87, transposed down a semitone)
Part 2:
The heart bowed down (p161-162, transposed down a semitone to F); Thou who in might supreme (p75-77); In the gipsy life (p32-35)
Score references to Boosey The Royal Edition vocal score (1899)

Columbia 9579
Matrices WAX 4343-2, 4344-1 (10737/8)
Recording Date 27th November 1928
Available from Jan 1929 to March 1942

Orchestra and Chorus, Charles Prentice
Miriam Licette,
Francis Russell, tenor
Dennis Noble, baritone
Harry Brindle, bass