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  • Download: Carmen - 1920 acoustic Columbia set + lots more Carme

    It's been four months since the last update to my website, and finally Carmen has arrived! The many recordings new to the site today are of Carmen, together with flip sides of records and other recordings by the same artists where appropriate. The contents are as follows:   Carmen - Columbia ...
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  • Holst's missing Saturn, and Ernest Macmillan conducts some Plan

    I've just completed the latest update to my site, with a focus on Holst's Planets Suite. First up is Ernest Macmillan's 1942 Victor recording of Mars, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The filler side is Adrian Boult's 1937 BBCSO recording of Elgar's Imperial March...
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  • Early Toscanini (1920)

    I recently made another update to my website, this time two sides from Toscanini's earliest sessions. These were recorded in 1920 with the Orchestra of La Scala Milan, in Camden New Jersey, while the orchestra was touring the USA. They can be found on my website. Damian
  • Shakespeare and Coates

    On Saturday I uploaded the latest updates to my website (though I'm two days late drawing attention to it here). On this St. George's Day, Albert Coates's birthday, and the anniversary of Shakespeare's death (and possibly birth) there's Coates 1926 recording of Siegfried's Funeral March, and a nu...
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  • Site update: Marjorie Hayward and Fethi Kapuz

    The latest update to my site focuses on two violinists: Marjorie Hayward is heard as the first violinist of the Virtuoso Quartet in Beethoven's E flat Quartet Op.127 (coupled with a Minuet in E flat by Dittersdorff). She is also to be heard as soloist in Grieg's Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor and ...
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  • The blogging habit

    I just don't have the blogging habit - it's more a case of the occasional post when the mood strikes me, and usually when there's an update on my website. Well, the update's not quite there yet, but it's coming soon, with a Beethoven's Op.127 Quartet played by the Virtuoso Quartet, Grieg's Third Vio...
  • Happy New Year

    I've just made the New Year update to my site. The first record rings in the New Year with the chiming of Big Ben, along with the bells and organ of St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, and the noise of London traffic (deliberately recorded!). The organist is Stanley Roper on this 1926 HMV record...
  • Adela Verne and Albert Sammons

    Last weekend, I made the latest update to my website, with two acoustic English Columbias. On the first Albert Sammons plays the Ballade et Polonaise by Vieuxtemps, recorded in 1916 with the accompaniment played by the Grenadier Guards Band. I've transferred it at A452, as this was standard Br...
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  • Curious couplings

    As I've mentioned elsewhere, while I work on a specific project for my website, I'm trying to make occasional, smaller updates to the site. The latest, which is now online, is my most recent 78rpm acquisition, and is one of those curious couplings that one occasionally finds on early double sided re...
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  • Site update

    While I work on larger projects, I'm trying to keep things ticking over on my site with one or two items every couple of weeks. The latest update contains: 1929 Zonophone of the overture to The Barber of Seville, with the National Symphony Orchestra, possibly conducted by George W Byng Ted An...
  • New site, and what I've been listening to

    I like this new site, though I'm still finding my way around it as I figure out how best to integrate it into what I do. For a start this has included putting it as one of my home tabs in Firefox to make sure I check it regularly. On the listening front, for the sake of the performances I've been l...
  • Site Update - Aida Excerpts and More

    9 October 2010 I’ve just made the latest update to my website, after a rather longer hiatus than I expected. As I transferred one or two items, it led me to a kind of theme to follow, and that branched out along some other roads.   I started out planning to transfer a few of my Gramoph...
  • It Always Takes Longer Than You Think

    11 September 2010 I have a variety of recordings in progress for a website update. I’d hoped it would happen in August, but other things have taken my time as well. It may still take a while before I can upload the latest items, but they are getting there, I’ve not given up on this!
  • Delayed Blog

    4 August 2010 It’s been almost two weeks since I updated my website, and I’ve not posted about it here. So it’s about time for the details.   Gordon Jacob: William Byrd Suite – Coldstream Guards Band, Mackenzie-Rogan, 1925   Jacob’s arrangement of a numbe...
  • CHARM and Recordings

    10 July 2010 On Wednesday I was privileged to attend the launch of the CHARM online sound archive. Professor Daniel Leech-Wilkinson introduced the presentation, talking about the focus and background to the project. Then Rob Cowan talked us through a selection of the things he’d liked on the ...
  • Site Update

    13 June 2010 Well, my ISP sorted out the problem with mediafire, so I was able to update my site last weekend. This includes, as promised, a selection of recordings by the soprano Lilian Stiles-Allen, Hamilton Harty’s recordings of Schubert’s Rosamunde music (including both overtures), ...
  • Tempus fugit

    2 June 2010 I was tempted to express surprise that a month and a half have gone by since my previous post. But, given that I teach 16 to 19 year olds, and this was the half term leading up to exams, things have been somewhat hectic.   On Saturday May 8th, we went to see “The Gift of Mu...
  • Prima Donna

    17 April 2010 On Monday we attended the London première of Rufus Wainwright’s opera “Prima Donna”. Its world première was at last year’s Manchester festival, in a production where Wainwright clashed with the director. This London run at Sadler’s Wells was...
  • Site Update -Mozart

    16 April 2010 I’ve once again updated my website, with the focus on Mozart.   I acquired another copy of the Columbia recording of the Jupiter Symphony conducted by Dan Godfrey, and have therefore produced a new restoration of this wonderful performance. There is a substantial overlap ...
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  • Collecting, Listening and Website Updates

    14 March 2010 I’m still not managing to post here as often as I would have liked. I probably never will.   Among CDs I’ve listened to recently, I finally got round to Mark Elder’s recording of Gerontius, which was highly enjoyable, though I’ll still go back to Sargent...
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