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

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Lorenzo Molajoli orchestrals, and opera in America

Over the past year or so I’ve produced several CD reissues for CRQ Editions. One of these was devoted to orchestral recordings conducted by Lorenzo Molajoli. The following set arrived too late for inclusion on the Molajoli CD.

Verdi – Nabucco – Overture
Bizet – Carmen – Prelude Act 1
Milan Symphony Orchestra, Lorenzo Molajoli

Verdi – Nabucco – Overture – Molajoli

Bizet – Carmen  Prelude Act 1 Molajoli


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

Columbia D 12274-5 (in album)
Matrices WB 1632, 1633, 1634 (30129, 30125, 30124), WB 1730 (30526)
Recorded 3rd November 1927 (Verdi), 19th November 1927 (Bizet), Milan
Verdi plays in score pitch at 75.2rpm, Bizet at 76.9rpm

The next track is one of the curious “collateral restorations” to my work on CDs of Percy Pitt. In 1909 Pitt conducted Peter Cornelius and Minnie Saltzmann-Stevens singing part of the final scene of Wagner’s Siegfried. When HMV reissued this on a double-sided record they chose to couple it with a Victor recording of the famous duet from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, with Lambert Murhpy and Reinald Werrenrath.

Verdi – La Forza del Destino – Solenne in quest’ora
Lambert Murphy, tenor.
Reinald Werrenrath, baritone.

Verdi – La Forza del Destino – Solenne in quest’ora – Murphy and Werrenrath

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

His Master’s Voice D 305
Matrix C-12174-5 (A12174) (70103, 2-054051)
Recorded 5th November 1913, Camden, New Jersey
Plays in score pitch at 75.3rpm

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

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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.