Col. Acoustic 'M' Sets 1-25

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SYMPHONY NO. 7 IN A MAJOR, Op. 92 (7 Sides) (Beethoven) 

(and) The Tempest Op.65: Scherzettino (Dance of the Sprites) (1 Side) (Weingartner)

Felix Weingartner conducting London Symphony Orchestra 

10 Sides., Set 1

67034-D - 67038-D

Matrix numbers: 

- AX 35 to AX 43 (Beethoven)

- AX 44 (Weingartner)

L 1480 - L 1484 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 1 June 1923; Petty France Studios - AX 37 and AX 38 re-recorded on 6 November 1924


SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN F, OP. 93 (7 Sides) (Beethoven)

(and) The Tempest: Entr'acte Ferdinand and Miranda (1 Side) (Weingartner)

Felix Weingartner conducting London Symphony Orchestra

8 Sides., Set 2

67005-D - 67008-D

Matrix numbers: AX 243 to AX 249; AX 259

Takes: AX 243-1; AX 244-2; AX 245-1; AX 246-2; AX 247-2; AX 248-1; AX 249-1 (and) AX 259-2 (Filler) - (A reissue of the first disc (67005/ L 1538) also used take - AX 243-3)

L 1538 - L 1541 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 27 and 28 November 1923; Petty France Studios

Issued: April 1924


SYMPHONY IN E MINOR, NO. 5 Op. 95  From the New World (Dvorak)

Sir Hamilton Harty conducting Halle Orchestra 

10 Sides., Set 3

67000-D - 67004-D 

Recorded: 10 April 1923 and recorded 23-24 October 1923

L 1523 to L 1527 (Columbia UK) (These acoustic numbers for the UK release of the above recording  were later used for the electric version of this recording recorded on 2 May 1927)

This set was available with the following album covers:

Musical Masterpiece Tie-String, Black Album (U.K. and AUS)


SYMPHONY NO. 39 IN E FLAT Op. 543 (Mozart)

Felix Weingartner conducting London Symphony Orchestra

6 Sides., Set 4

67018-D - 67020-D

Matrix numbers: AX 253 to AX 258

Takes: AX 253-4; AX 254-2; AX 255-1; AX 256-3; AX 257-2; AX 258-2

Note - 67018/ L1563 was remade using takes 8 (and) 67019/ L1564 was remade using take AX253-8 - Rec - 13 February 1925

L 1563 - L 1565 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 28 November 1923 and 21 March 1924 - AX 253 re-recorded 13 February 1925; Petty France Studios


SYMPHONY NO. 6 (Pathetique), Op 74 (Tchaikovsky)

Sir Henry J. Wood conducting New Queen's Hall Orchestra

8 Sides., Set 5

67009-D - 67012-D

Matrix numbers: 76927 to 76934

L 1489 - L 1492 (Columbia UK)

Recorded 17 April 1923 (sides 1-4); 18 April 1923 (sides 5-8)


QUARTET No. 14 IN C SHARP MINOR, Op 131 (Beethoven)

Lener String Quartet

10 Sides., Set 6

67021-D - 67025-D

Matrix numbers: AX 300 to AX 301; AX 323 to AX 328; AX 332

L 1581 - L 1585 (Columbia UK)

[NOTE: M-6 is an acoustic version. It was re-recorded electrically as M-175.]


QUARTET IN D MAJOR, Op 76, No. 5 (Haydn)

Lener String Quartet

6 Sides., Set 7

67039-D - 67041-D

Matrix numbers: AX 333 to AX 336; AX 338 to AX 339

L 1559 - L 1561 (Columbia UK)

L 1599 - L 1601 (Columbia UK) ?

Recorded: 22 and 23 February 1924; Columbia Studios, Petty France, London

[NOTE: M-7 is an acoustic version. It was re-recorded electrically as M-125.]


QUARTET IN C MAJOR, Op. 465 (Mozart)

Lener String Quartet

8 Sides., Set 8

67026-D - 67029-D

Matrix numbers: AX 211 to AX 218

L 1545 - L 1548 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 7 and 8 November 1923 (four sides each day)


SYMPHONY NO. 1 IN C MINOR, Op. 68 (Brahms)

Felix Weingartner conducting London Symphony Orchestra

10 Sides., Set 9

67042-D - 67046-D

Matrix numbers: AX 250 to AX 252; AX 379 to AX 385

Takes: AX 250-2; AX 251-2; AX 252-2; AX 379-2; AX 380-1; AX 381-2; AX 382-1; AX 383-2; AX 384-1; AX 385-1

L 1596 - L 1600 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 28 November 1923; 21 March 1924; Petty France Studios


SYMPHONY IN D MINOR (Franck)

Sir Henry J. Wood conducting New Queen's Hall Orchestra

8 Sides., Set 10

67047-D - 67050-D

Matrix numbers: 

AX 493 to AX 497; AX502 to AX 504

Recorded: 

Sides 1, 2, 4 and 5 on 2 July 1924

Sides 6, 7 and 8 on 9 July 1924

Side 3 on 16 July 1924

L 1569 - L 1572 (Columbia UK)


CONCERTO IN A MAJOR for Violin and Orchestra Op. 219 (Mozart)

Arthur Catterall (violin); Sir Hamilton Harty conducting (Unnamed) Orchestra

8 Sides., Set 11

67055-D - 67058-D

Matrix numbers: AX 400 to AX 407

L 1592 - L 1595 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 10 April 1924


SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN F, Op. 93 (Beethoven)

Felix Weingartner conducting London Symphony Orchestra

8 Sides., Set 12

67062-D - 67065-D

L 1640 - L 1643 (Columbia UK)


BACH (An Album of Bach Music) 

(14 Sides - Total)

DOUBLE CONCERTO IN D MINOR for Two Violins (and) Overture in D for Strings - (Air)

(Concerto) - Arthur Catteral and John S. Bridge (violins); Sir Hamilton Harty conducting (Unnamed) Orchestra

(Air) - Sir Hamilton Harty conducting (Unnamed) Orchestra

5 Sides., Set 13

67066-D - 67068-D (‘A’ Side only of 67068)

Matrix numbers: AX395 to AX400

Takes: AX 395-1; 396-1; 397-2; 398-2; 399-2

L 1557 - L 1558 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 10 April 1924

SUITE NO. 3 in D

Sir Hamilton Harty conducting (Unnamed) Orchestra 

(On the American issues - only the conductor's name is given.)

1 Side., Set 13

67068-D (‘B’ Side)

Matrix number: AX 356 (Take ‘2’)

L 1558 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 4 March 1924

SUITE NO. 2 IN B MINOR for FLUTE and STRINGS

Robert Murchie (flute); Sir Hamilton Harty conducting (Unnamed) Orchestra 

(On the American issues - only the conductor's name is given.)

4 Side., Set 13

67069-D - 67070-D

Matrix numbers: AX 319 - AX 322

Takes: AX 319-1; 320-2; 321-2; 322-1

L 1613 - L 1615 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 20 January 1924

CHACONNE for VIOLA

Lionel Tertis (viola)

4 Sides., Set 13

67071-D - 67072-D

Matrix numbers: AX 755 to AX 758

Takes: AX 755-2; 756-2; 757-2; 758-2

L 1644 - L 1645 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 25 November 1924


NOTE: The main works were issued on English Columbia and not in any sequence: the Double Concerto on L 1613/5A (25.3-28.2, reviewed in The Gramophone 1925.3); the Suite No. 2 on L 1557/8 (24.6-28.2, reviewed in The Gramophone 1924.6); and the Chaconne on L 1644/5 (25.7-28.2, advertised in The Gramophone 1925.6). But the filler to the English Columbia issue of the Concerto is different: Spohr: Duet 10 in D, Op. 67, No. 2: 3, Larghetto. (Arthur Catterall and John S. Bridge, violins with no accompaniment). Recorded on 24.4.10, mx AX 408-1. The Spohr got coupled in America as the filler to the Schubert Trout Quintet on set M 18 = 67113/7A-D. The English Columbia release of the Schubert, L 1698/1702, had as its filler Glazounov: Interludium in Modo Antico, 25.9.8, London String Quartet, mx AX 1088-1. Whether the Glazounov was issued on an American Columbia record, I do not know, for American Columbias are not nearly as popular among collectors as the Victors and are far less well documented. Creighton lists only the six John S. Bridge sides mentioned here. Bridge was also the second violin of the Catterall Quartet until 1925 and is further represented in this discography. He is nearly as forgotten as Huguenin, below, though his performances have more personality than most contemporary ones.


SYMPHONIE ESPAGNOLE for Violin and Orchestra Op. 21 (Lalo)

Leo Strockoff (violin); Sir Hamilton Harty conducting (Unnamed) Orchestra

6 Sides., Set 14

67059-D - 67061-D


TOD UND VERKLAERUNG, Op. 24 (Richard Strauss)

(and) Damnation of Faust: Dance of the Sprites (Berlioz)

Bruno Walter conducting Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

6 Sides., Set 15

67073-D - 67075-D

Matrix numbers: AX 787 to AX 788; AX 791 to AX 794

L 1621 - L 1623 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 5 December 1924; Columbia Petty France Studios, London


LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME (Richard Strauss)

Sir Hamilton Harty conducting Halle Orchestra

6 Sides., Set 16

67107-D - 67109-D

Matrix numbers: AX 175 - AX 180


CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX (Saint Saens)

Sir Hamilton Harty conducting Halle Orchestra

6 Sides., Set 17

67104-D - 67106-D 

L 1617 - L 1619 (Columbia UK)


Quintet in A, Op. 114 (‘Trout’) (9 Sides) (Schubert)

(and) Duet 10 in D, Op. 67, No. 2: 3, Larghetto (1 Side) (Spohr) - (Arthur Catterall / John S. Bridge -violins - filler only)

Ethel Hobday (Mrs. Alfred); London String Quartet members [Levey, Warner, Warwick Evans]; Claude Hobday (double bass)

10 Sides., Set 18 

67113-D - 67117-D

Matrix numbers:

AX 586-1; AX 588-1 - 15 September 1924

AX 589-1/592-2/593-?/594-1 - 16 September 1924

AX 596-2 - 16 December 1924

AX 587-4; AX 595-4 - 19 December 1924

Recorded: 15, 16 September 1924 and 16, 19 December 1924

L 1698 - L 1702 (Columbia UK)

(Note that matrices AX 590/1 were skipped.)


English Columbia L 1698/1702A (26.2(belatedly!)-28.5), reviewed in The Gramophone 1926.2, where it is stated that the performers are not identified. Voices of the Past incorrectly lists the English Columbia release as being the Schumann Piano Quintet.

American Columbia.set M 18 = 67113/7A-D.

Filler to the English issue: Glazounov: Interludium in Modo Antico (London String Quartet) (mx AX 1088-1, 25.9.8).

Filler to the American issue: Spohr: Duet 10 in D, Op. 67, No. 2: 3, Larghetto (Arthur Catterall and John S. Bridge, violins, on mx AX 408-1, 24.4.10. The Spohr filler reappeared in England as the filler to the Bach Concerto for Two Violins, L 1613/5 (25.3-28.2).

Electric remake, recorded 1928.1.9,10,11, on English Columbia.L 2098/102A(28.6-43.7), on mx 98432-4/37-9/43-5; American Columbia Set M 84 (listed by both GSE and WERM as M 83, which is Holst conducting his electrified planets) [9 sides]. The filler to the electric remake is Tchaikovsky: Quartet 1 in D, Op. 11: 2, Andante cantabile, played by the London String Quartet and recorded 27.11.4, on mx WAX 3065-3. [Taken from: http://www.jolyon.com/chamber.html]


TRIO IN A MINOR, Op. 114 (Brahms)

William H. Squire (cello); Haydn P. Draper (clarinet); Sir Hamilton Harty (piano)

6 Sides., Set 19

67101-D - 67103-D

Matrix numbers: AX 691 to AX 696

L 1609 - L 1611 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 1924


QUINTET IN G MINOR, K. 516 (Mozart)

Alfred Hobday (viola); London String Quartet

Albert Sammons (violin); Edwin Virgo (violin); H. Waldo Warner (viola); C. Warwick-Evans (cello)

6 Sides., Set 20

67110-D - 67112-D

Matrix numbers: 75933-1; 75934-2; 75935-1; 75936-2; 75937-2; 75938-1

L1362 - L1364 (Columbia)

Recorded: 13 June 1917


The London String Quartet was considered one of the finest quartets and it is sad that so few of their recordings have ever been reissued.  Despite the cuts [about a third of the score is missing in this performance] it was, and will I hope still be considered, one of the finest recorded performances of Mozart's K.516. Alfred Hobday recorded the quintet again with the Pro Arte Quartet in the 1930s. The speed fluctuations between sides is quite unusual and maybe due to the recording 'experts' being distracted by bombs dropping around them. [Taken from: http://www.jolyon.com/chamber.html]


QUARTET IN B FLAT MAJOR, K.458 (Mozart)

Lener String Quartet

6 Sides., Set 21

67130-D - 67132-D

L1606 - L 1608 (Columbia UK)


QUARTET IN C MAJOR, Op. 76 No. 3 ('Emperor') (Haydn)

London String Quartet

[James Levey and Thomas Petre (violins); H. Waldo Warner (viola); C. Warwick Evans (cello)]

6 Sides., Set 22

67127-D - 67129-D

Matrix numbers: 

AX 805 to AC 808; AX 813 to AX 814

- AX 805 to AC 808 (1st and 2nd Mvts.)

- AX 813 to AX 814 (3rd and 4th Mvts.)

L 1633 - L 1635 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 15 December 1924 (1st and 2nd Mvts.)

Recorded: 17 December 1924 (3rd and 4th Mvts.)


SONATA IN A MAJOR for Violin and Piano (Franck)

Arthur Catterall (violin); William Murdoch (piano)

6 Sides., Set 23

67136-D - 67138-D

Matrix numbers:

AX 233-1 - 18 November 1923

AX 234-3; AX 413-1; 414-1; 229-3 - 11 April 1924

AX 230-1; 231-1; 232-2 - 18 November 1923

Recorded: 18 November 1923 and 11 April 1924

L 1535 - L 1537 (Columbia UK) 

(Only the third, fourth, and first movements were allocated these numbers for a possible UK release - but they were never used for M-23. These UK numbers were later used for M-24.)

(Interestingly, there is known to be only one copy of M-23 in existence at Syracuse University - not confirmed.)


SONATA IN D MINOR, Op. 108 (Brahms)

Arthur Catterall (violin); William Murdoch (piano)

6 Sides., Set 24

67133-D - 67135-D

Matrix numbers: AX 223 to AX 228

L 1535 - L 1537 for (Columbia UK)


SONATA IN A for Violin and Piano K. 526 No. 17 (Mozart)

Arthur Catterall (violin); Sir Hamilton Harty (piano)

6 Sides., Set 25

67139-D - 67141-D

Matrix numbers:  76961 to 76966

L1494 - L1496 (Columbia UK)

Recorded: 27 April 1923

REVIEW: [From] The Musical Times, Vol. 64, No. 969, 1st November 1923, p. 785.

“...Chamber music is a good line this month. Not often are we so favoured as in the Columbia Company's three I2-in. of Arthur Catterall and Hamilton Harty playing Mozart's Violin and Pianoforte Sonata in A, Op. 8, No. 1. The clearness and purity of tone are delightful, and in regard to balance I have only one fault to find. In the Finale the violin is too prominent at the opening, where the pianoforte has the more important part. A word should be said on the excellence of the pianoforte tone. Why is it that all through this long work we get scarcely a jarring note? Probably because Mr. Harty, being engaged in an ensemble performance, plays instead of hitting. We rarely find bad tone in records of good song accompaniment; only when great pianists-the very people we should look to for tonal beauty-get to work do we suffer from jangling…”

REVIEW: [From] The Gramophone, October, 1923 p. 97. Written by James Caskett

“...I had written my note on Mr. Catterall's other record before I discovered that I was to have the pleasure of listening to three more records of his playing, and that my not very confident prayer had been granted that he would give us something better than any Perpetuum mobile. Mr. Catterall, Mr. Hamilton Harty and the Columbia Company are all to be congratulated on these delicious records. As one listens to this civilised, graceful and distinguished music one cannot help regretting for a moment that music ever became sophisticated and learnt to express suffering and the sense of sin. Nothing so much as Mozart's music suggests the charm of the eighteenth century, and although his music for solo instruments, except that for the harpsichord, cannot, I think, be regarded as his highest achievement, it is nevertheless often, as in this example, full of charm and delicacy. I have had, I think, more pleasure from these records than from any I have heard for a long time, even though I have been able to hear them only twice, since they arrived as we were going to press…”


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