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« Reply #3540 on: June 26, 2022, 02:30:44 pm »

Re: Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha trilogy!

This may be one bug I'm glad to contract,then?!! ;D Just out of interest! What do you think of the old,'classic' Sargent recording? I mean the stereo recording,not the 1929 recording,of course! (I looked the work up,today,on Wikipedia)

I also seem to recall having a 78rpm of Webster Booth singing "Onaway! Awake,Beloved. That record must have sold allot of copies! I gather that allot of people who didn't know a single note of anything else that Coleridge-Taylor wrote (or even who composed it!) got to know the song via that recording. A brief search with google brought up three other 78rpm records with Tudor Davies,John McHugh and,titter ye not ;D........Frank Titterton! Confusingly,for me,the same search brought up recordings of "Onaway! Awake,Beloved" sung by Mr Harry Dearth and Stanley Holloway (baritone). But,of course the music,in that instance,is by Frederic Cowen! Sargent recorded Hiawatha's Wedding Feast in 1929! So you could have listened to the whole piece on 78rpm records! Giving your right arm (or left?) a good ol' work-out in between sides! According to Wikipedia "Sargent recorded the Death of Minnehaha with the same choral and orchestral forces as for the 1929 Hiawatha's Wedding Feast". I had no idea he'd recorded the second part! But,when I looked it up,there it was in Sargent's discography!!
Incidentally,I found a photo of the radiogram my grandmother (my mum's mother) owned! (See below!) It was a beauty (albet,a bit of a monster!) I seem to recall people saying it had a nice (rich) sound to it!


Malcolm Sargent discography!

Since you ask, in my opinion the Sargent stereo recording of the Wedding Feast from 1962 has never been bettered so far as interpretation is concerned and apart from any other consideration it has your compatriot Richard Lewis singing "Onaway! Awake, Beloved", a performance that brings a tear to the eye and the goose-pimples rising every time I hear it. The sound is showing its age somewhat, though to a much lesser extent than that Sargent recording of The Death of Minnehaha from 1930 to which you refer! You won't be surprised to learn that I actually have a copy of that (with  Elsie Suddaby (soprano) Howard Fry (tenor) and George Baker (baritone))

I also have the Tudor Davies recording of  "Onaway! Awake, Beloved", as well as recordings of other SC-T items derived from 78s by John McCormack (from 1926) Peter Dawson (1934) Dorothy Maynor (1940) Arthur Reckless (1935), and some LP derivations from both Stuart Burrows and Felicity Palmer. All good stuff!!

I love the radiogram too. Ah, thems was the days!
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