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

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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 1926, Williams recorded these scenes again, on the same catalogue numbers with an R appended (for “re-recording”). The first record of this set has appeared here previously, but I’ve now acquired the second record, so I present it here in full.

Dickens – Scrooge – Before the Dream; The Dream; After the Dream
Dickens – David Copperfield – Micawber’s advice to David Copperfield
Bransby Williams,

Dickens – Scrooge – Before the Dream (1926) – Bransby Williams

Dickens – Scrooge – The Dream (1926) – Bransby Williams

Dickens – Scrooge – After the Dream (1926) – Bransby Williams

Dickens – David Copperfield – Micawber’s Advice to David Copperfield (1926) – Bransby Williams

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Columbia 347R (81.8rpm)

Matrices WAX 1397-2, 1396-2 (6043, 6042)
Recorded 31st March 1926
Available from May 1926 to February 1944

Columbia 348R (81.8rpm)

Matrices WAX 1398-1, 1399-1 (6041, 6040)
Recorded 31st March 1926
Available from June 1926 to February 1944

A Bransby Williams discography can be found elsewhere on this site.

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 Jubilo

Trad arr Feddern – Maria auf dem Berge

Praetorius arr Rust – Es ist ein’ Ros’ entsprungen

Trad arr Jöde – Vom Himmel hoch o Engel kommt

Trad arr Rust – Maria durch ein Dornwald ging

Caspar Othmay arr Rust – Vom Himmel hoch da kommt ich her

Johann Abraham Peter Schulz arr Rust – Ihr Kinderlein kommt

Trad arr Rust – O du Fröhliche

Players and Company of the Children’s Opera Group, Margaret John (with Eric Thiman, organ)
Mendelssohn arr William H Cummings – Hark! the Herald Angels sing

Trad arr F Whitelaw – Wassail Song

Trad arr F Whitelaw – The First Nowell

Trad arr F Whitelaw – While Shepherds Watched (Este’s Psalter 1592)

Trad arr Vaughan Williams – O little town of Bethlehem

Trad arr F Whitelaw – Good King Wenceslas (Tempus adest floridum)

Trad arr F Whitelaw – Kings of Orient

Trad arr F Whitelaw – O come all ye faithful (Adeste fideles)

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Classics Club London X 516
Recorded 1950s
Issued December 1959