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

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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 box). But as a new addition, I have transferred Landon Ronald’s 1911 recording of the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Music.

Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Scherzo – New Symphony Orchestra, Landon Ronald

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

His Master’s Voice 0681
Matrix ac5550f
Recorded 7th October 1911, London

Another great writer, Miguel de Cervantes died on the same day as Shakespeare. He is best remembered for Don Quixote, and to celebrate this anniversary, I’ve transferred Chaliapin’s 1927 recording of the death of Don Quixote, from Massenet’s opera.

Massenet – Don Quixote – The Death of Don Quixote (Act 5) – Fyodor Chaliapin

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

Fyodor Chaliapin (bass) as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
Olive Kline (soprano) as the voice of Dulcinea
Orchestra, Rosario Bourdon
His Master’s Voice DB 1096
Matrices CVE-38334-I, 38335-I (sides 2-032114/5)
Recorded 7th April 1927, Liederkranz Hall, New York for Victor.

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.