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Landon Ronald’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Shakespeare’s birthday back in April, I made available the Scherzo from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream music, in a 1911 recording conducted by Landon Ronald. To complement this, I’ve now transferred the Ronald’s early recordings of the Overture, Nocturne and Wedding March, together with his later electrically recorded version of the Nocturne. I’ve included the Scherzo in this post so the whole set can play continuously. As a  bonus, at the end I’ve included the Ronald’s recording of the overture to Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor, which was coupled with the Midsummer Night’s Dream overture.

Ronald recorded the Mendelssohn works several times.

New Symphony Orchestra:

7th October 1911 – A Midsummer Night‘s Dream: Scherzo (Mendelssohn)
ac5549f (unissued)
ac5550f  0681 (020617, 030617, 060562, D152)

10th February 1912 – A Midsummer Night‘s Dream: Wedding march (Mendelssohn)
ac6007f (unissued)
ac6008f   0755   (030627, 040737, 2-050521, 2-0250599, D166, S4190, W74, ES123)

17th February 1912 – A Midsummer Night‘s Dream: Nocturne (Mendelssohn)
ac6035f (unissued)
ac6036f   0756   (030628, 040738, D152, ES123)

3rd February 1913 – A Midsummer Night‘s Dream: Overture (Mendelssohn)
HO450ai   0853   (020747, 060601, D153, AB102)

Royal Albert Hall Orchestra:

13th March 1923 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Cc 2695-1 (unissued)
Cc 2695-2   0755X   (D166, 2-050521X, 2-0250599X, S4190)

23rd June 1923 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream Op 61: Scherzo (Mendelssohn)
Cc 3145-1 (unissued)
Cc 3145-2   0681X   (D152)

27th July 1925 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Nocturne (Mendelssohn), pt 1
Cc 6411-1 (unissued)
Cc 6411-2 (unissued)
27th July 1925 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Nocturne (Mendelssohn), pt 2
Cc 6412-1 (unissued)
Cc 6412-2   4-0733   (D1034, AB169)
27th July 1925 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo (Mendelssohn)
Cc 6413-1   4-0836   (D1097, W918, AB198, ES26)

9th September 1925 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Nocturne (Mendelssohn), pt 1
Cc 6411-3,-4 (unissued)
Cc 6411-5   4-0732 (D1034, AB169)

18th November 1925 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn), pt 1
Cc 7310-1 (unissued)
Cc 7310-2 (assigned 4-0858, but unissued)
18th November 1925 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn), pt 2
Cc 7311-1 (unissued)
Cc 7311-2 (assigned 4-0852, but unissued)

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

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

His Master’s Voice D153 (side 0853)
Matrix HO 450ai
Recorded 3rd February 1913, Hayes
The following cuts are made: bb 142 – 157, 196(4) – 517(3), 566 – 585, 620 – end. (inclusive)

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

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

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

His Master’s Voice 0756
Matrix ac6036f
Recorded 17th February 1912, London
The following cuts are made: bb16-33, 38-41, 73-80, 109-112

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

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

His Master’s Voice 0755
Matrix ac6008f
Recorded 10th February 1912, London

Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Nocturne – Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, Landon Ronald

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

Aubrey Brain, horn
His Master’s Voice D 1034 (sides 4-0732/3)
Matrices Cc 6411-5, Cc 6412-2
Recorded 9th September 1925 and 27th July 1925, Hayes

Nicolai – The Merry Wives of Windsor – Overture – New Symphony Orchestra, Landon Ronald

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

His Master’s Voice D153 (side 0735)
Matrix al5934f
Recorded 20th January 1912, Hayes
The recording begins at the Allegro, and several cuts are made.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Albert Ketelbey – Massenet’s Angelus and Luigini’s The Voice of the Bells; Hamilton Harty – Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Overture, overtures to Stanford’s Shamus O’Brien and Rossini’s Barber of Seville

Now we head back to the early 1920s for three English Columbia acoustic discs, featuring two of Columbia’s regular conductors: Albert W Ketelbey and Hamilton Harty. The reason for grouping these together is a little confusion in the catalogues as to who is conducting on one of the records.

Massenet – Angelus from “Scenes Pittoresques”
Luigini – The Voice of the Bells – Reverie
Court Symphony Orchestra, Albert W Ketelbey

Massenet – Angelus – Court SO, Ketelbey

Luigini – The Voice of the Bells – Court SO, Ketelbey

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

Columbia 974
Matrices AX 364-1, 360-1 (4721, 4717)
Recorded 11th and 6th March 1924, London
Available from June 1924 to July 1929

Plays at 78rpm, though stated as 80rpm on labels.

Wagner – The Meistersingers – Overture
Court Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Harty

Wagner – Meistersinger – Court SO, Harty

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

Columbia 976
Matrices AX 361-1, 362-1 (4718, 4719)
Recorded 7th March 1924, London
Available from June 1924 to August 1932

This recording is unabridged. The first side begins at 80rpm and progresses to 81rpm, while the second side remains around 80rpm.

On the record label, the performance is credited simply to the Court Symphony Orchestra, and in Columbia’s 1925 catalogue it is listed under the section for Court Symphony Orchestra conducted by Albert W. Ketelbey. However, Ronald Taylor’s discography of 12” Columbia records 1906-1930 notes the conductor as “Harty (Listed in the catalogues as Ketelbey)” Another Court Symphony Orchestra recording, from 4th March 1924 (record 980, matrices AX 356-2, AX 359-1), was issued in the UK with no conductor credited, and appears in the same section of the 1925 catalogue under Ketelbey’s name but American issues gave Harty’s name.

I’m inclined to accept the attribution of Harty as the conductor, partly because of the accelerando at the end of the overture which is not unusual for him.

Stanford – Shamus O’Brien – Overture
Rossini – Barber of Seville – Overture
Hallé Orchestra, Hamilton Harty

Stanford – Shamus O’Brien – Hallé, Harty

Rossini – Barber of Seville – Hallé, Harty

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

Columbia L 1428
Matrices 75078-1, 75080-2
Recorded 20th April 1922, London
Available from July 1922 to February 1928

Both sides play at 80rpm.

The overtures are both abridged. The Stanford is only slightly trimmed, but the Barber has been rather butchered to fit on one side.

Carl Schuricht – Die Fledermaus overture; Franz André – Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, Suppé’s Poet and Peasant overtures

To welcome in the New Year, I’ve transferred Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus overture in an early recording by Carl Schuricht, and as an extra, a pair of overtures by Suppé and Offenbach, conducted by Franz André.

J. Strauss II – Die Fledermaus – Overture
Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Carl Schuricht
(credited on label as “New State Symphony Orchestra, with no conductor named)

J. Strauss II – Die Fledermaus – Overture

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

Decca K.638
Matrices 30159, 30160 (from Telefunken originals)
Recorded 9th September 1929, Berlin
Play at 78rpm

Offenbach – Orpheus in der Unterwelt – Overture
Suppé – Dichter und Bauer – Overture
L’Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion Nationale, Belge, Franz André

Offenbach – Orphée – André

Suppé – Poet and Peasant – André

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

Telefunken UX4507 (7” 45rpm)
Matrices 45-9/38418-1-R, 45-9/36989-X-R
Recorded 6 and 5 October 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

Ted Andrews and his Canadian Singing Sisters – Come to the fair and What can the matter be; National Symphony Orchestra (with George W Byng?) – Barber of Seville overture

While other projects are ongoing, I want to try and get a few small items onto this site with some regularity. So there are just two items for ths latest update.

Ted Andrews was stepfather to Dame Julie Andrews, and accompanied her on some of her early 78s. This disc was privately recorded at the Star Sound Studios (just off Baker Street in London), on an unknown date, and features “Ted Andrews and his Canadian Singing Sisters.” They perform upbeat renditions of Easthope Martin’s “Come to the Fair” (which Andrews recorded with young Julie in more sedate fashion on a Columbia 78) and “Oh dear, what can the matter be?”

Easthope Martin – Come to the fair
Traditional – Oh dear, what can the matter be

Ted Andrews and his Canadian Singing Sisters

Download – Two Songs – Ted Andrews

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

Star Sound Studios – private recording without catalogue number or matrix number
Recorded 1940s?

Perhaps a more traditional offering for this site is a 10” slightly abridged electrical Zonophone recording of the overture to The Barber of Seville. This was recorded in London in 1929 with the “National Symphony Orchestra”. No conductor is named on the label or in the matrix listings, though George W Byng was the most frequent conductor for other sessions with this group.

Rossini – The Barber of Seville – Overture
National Symphony Orchestra

Download – Rossini – Barber of Seville – Overture – NSO

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

Zonophone 5569
Matrices Yy 16727-II, 16728-II (30-777/8)
Recorded 27th August 1929, Kingsway Hall, London

Side 1: bars 1-5, 11-19, 22-90 + 1st beat of bar 91
Side 2: bars 92-250, 255-264