Albert Coates conducts Beethoven’s 9th (1923)

It’s time for a special Albert Coates bonus this year. In autumn 1923, Coates recorded Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for the Gramophone Company. It was issued in May 1924 to mark the centenary of the work, so it appears here to mark the centenary of the recording being issued, and the bicentenary of the symphony, which […]

Albert Coates – 142nd birthday

For my annual celebration of the anniversary of Albert Coates’s birth I’m sharing his pair of recordings of operatic music by Boito, both of which were premiere recordings. Boito – Nerone – Act IV – Gloria, gloria vittoria a te – Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Coates His Master’s Voice D 938Matrix Cc 4831-I (4-0574)Recorded 2nd […]

Dobrindt conducts Strauss

To see in 2024 in the customary Viennese style, I’ve transferred an LP of music by Johann Strauss II: waltzes, polkas and a Die Fledermaus pot-pourri. Otto Dobrindt (1886-1963) recorded for both 78s and LPs, but his name is generally forgotten. In the UK several of his recordings were issued on various labels from the […]

Albert Coates’s birthday

This year’s celebration of the anniversary of Albert Coates’s birth brings more Wagner, and some familiar Stravinsky. When the Gramophone company was recording its sets of excerpts from the Ring of the Nibelung (in English) in 1922 and 1923, Tudor Davies was the singer for Siegmund. He initially made 2 takes of Siegmund’s “Spring song”, […]

Franz André conducts Suppé overtures

It’s time for the customary Viennese fare to welcome in the New Year, and a return to the site for the Belgian conductor Franz André. His recording career was almost exclusively on Telefunken, and in the early 1950s several items were issued on Telefunken Füllschrift records – 78rpm with a variable groove pitch which meant […]

Christmas Church Parade – John Mackenzie-Rogan

After his retirement from an illustrious career as bandmaster of the Coldstream Guards in 1920, Lt-Col. John Mackenzie-Rogan continued his involvement in music. Though the Coldstream Guards continued to record for the Gramophone Company under its new bandmaster, Lt R.G. Evans, Mackenzie-Rogan moved over to record for Duophone, more than 30 records with “Mackenzie-Rogan’s Military […]

Albert Coates’s 140th birthday

As it’s the anniversary of Albert Coates’s birthday, I present my customary update. This year it’s Coates in his familiar Wagner, but a recording that has been elusive on reissues. Coates recorded Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung twice. On 25th January 1926 Coates conducted a substantial Wagner recording session at the Queen’s Hall with an […]

Die Fledermaus (excerpts)

This year I’ve transferred an LP of excerpts from Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, to welcome in the new year in traditional Viennese Style. Walter Goehr recorded prolifically, but is not well known. In the 1930s and 40s he recorded widely for EMI, particularly conducting orchestral accompaniments for singers, choruses and soloists. He also conducted […]

Organ and Orchestra

After my annual Albert Coates post which included a couple of Handel organ concerto sides, I received some feedback prompting me to transfer some other 78rpm sides for organ and orchestra. The first has Sir Hamilton Harty conducting his own arrangement for organ and orchestra of movements from Handel’s Concerto in D major, HWV 335a […]

Albert Coates’s birthday

Albert Coates’s birthday This year for the anniversary of Albert Coates’s birth I’ve selected several discs conducted by Coates (and a couple of related items not conducted by Coates.) To begin with, two of Coates’s less familiar recordings. In 1932 Coates two movements from Handel organ concertos, played by Herbert Dawson on the organ of […]

Albert Coates and “The Rhinegold”

The anniversary of Albert Coates’s birth rolls round again. This year I’ve opted to transfer a disc from HMV’s acoustic Ring cycle excerpts in English of the early 1920s. “The Rhinegold” was rather short-changed in the set, meriting just one record, featuring scenes with Alberich. (HMV did also have a 1920 recording in the catalogue […]

Prosit Neujahr!

As usual, some Viennese light classics for the new year, as we start the 2020s. Eight works are given here with Hans Knappertsbusch conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on a 1957 German language DECCA LP. J Strauss I – Radetzky March – Hans Knappertsbusch, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra K Komzak – Badner Mad’ln – Hans Knappertsbusch, […]

An oblique tribute to Sir Henry Wood

To round off Sir Henry Wood’s anniversary year (150 years since his birth and 75 since his death) and anticipating the 125th anniversary of the Proms in 2020, I’ve transferred an early vocal record. The baritone Alan Turner sings A Soldier’s Song by Angelo Mascheroni, a song heard at the very first of Sir Henry’s […]

Happy Birthday Sir Henry

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry J Wood, the first conductor of the Promenade Concerts, and a mainstay of British musical life. The Proms were founded in 1895, and Sir Henry was their guiding hand for several decades, and continued to conduct in the concert series until his death in […]

Johann Strauss II on Classics Club

After the Kirkby-Lunn diversion last year, I’ve returned to Viennese fare to welcome 2019. It seems I’ve had a busy year, as I completely failed to upload anything during 2018. The two records presented here are from the Classics Club label. This venture, which began in the mid to late 1950s, initially used sources from […]

Louise Kirkby-Lunn

Rather than the usual Viennese fare to welcome 2018, I’ve opted instead by some early Pathé sides by the great English contralto Louise Kirkby-Lunn. They’re from 28cm diameter, centre-start, etched label double-sided issues. All are piano accompanied. There is a spoken introduction to the first side, presumably Madam Kirkby-Lunn herself. The second record has Kirkby-Lunn […]

Albert Coates day

April 23rd is the anniversary of the birth of the wonderful Albert Coates. To celebrate, I’ve transferred a pair of his Wagner recordings. Wagner – Lohengrin – Act 3 Prelude – Symphony Orchestra, Albert Coates HMV D 1054 Matrix Cc 7083-II (4-0751) Recorded 27th October 1925, Studio B, Hayes Wagner – Tannhäuser – March – […]

Frank Titterton sings Lehár

To end the Viennese theme for New Year, the two famous tenor arias from Lehár’s The Land of Smiles, sterlingly sung in English by Frank Titterton. My copy of this 1930s DECCA record is very worn (especially “You are my heart’s delight” which was clearly much played) and though I’ve done my best to improve […]

Walter Rehberg plays Soirée de Vienne and Voices of Spring

A pair of brief Viennese arrangements for New Year, in the form of Alfred Grünfeld’s arrangement of themes from Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, “Soirée de Vienne”, and Roderich Bass’s arrangement of Voices of Spring, both ably played by Walter Rehberg. The second record is rather more worn than the first, but still sounds quite […]

Barbirolli conducts Hansel and Gretel overture c1928

Merry Christmas. I’ve done a quick transfer of the traditionally festive fare of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel overture, in an early orchestral recording from John Barbirolli for Edison Bell’s Electron label. Humperdinck – Hänsel & Gretel – Overture – John Barbirolli and his Symphony Orchestra (mp3 file – click to play, or right click the […]