This summer (13 June – 11 August) the Ashmolian Museum in Oxford has a exceptional exhibition celebrating the work of the seventeenth century master crafter of string instruments; Antonio Stadivari. The rarely seen pieces will include a 1721 Stradivarius violin played by the famous EMI classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin before its auction at Sotheby’s 1971Continue reading “Exhibition of Stadivari violin played by EMI classical artist Yehudi Menuhin”
Category Archives: great recordings
Tracks Of My Tears
by Wayne Shevlin Some grooves make you shake your bootie. A stadium anthem can get you swaying with lighters in the air. And some music brings tears to your eyes. There are certain pieces of music that make me cry. Consistently. Spontaneously. Involuntarily. It requires conscious effort to shut the tears off. The tears differContinue reading “Tracks Of My Tears”
CLARA BUTT (1872–1936)
By Tony Locantro In Victorian and Edwardian times, there was a great vogue for female singers with deep, contralto voices, who drew huge audiences to concerts of arias from operas and oratorios as well as popular ballads. Clara Butt (1872–1936) was one of the most famous and was under exclusive contract to The Gramophone CompanyContinue reading “CLARA BUTT (1872–1936)”
The bass-baritone Peter Dawson (1882–1961)
By Tony Locantro Courtesy of © EMI Group Archive Trust The bass-baritone Peter Dawson (1882–1961) came to the UK from his native Australia to study singing in 1903. His lessons with Sir Charles Santley stood him in good stead for a career that lasted almost 60 years and encompassed every kind of music, from the oratorios ofContinue reading “The bass-baritone Peter Dawson (1882–1961)”
Paul Robeson sharing his latest hit with Nipper’s friend….
By Tony Locantro Robeson began his recording career in July 1925 with RCA Victor in Camden. When he moved to London after playing in Show Boat at Drury Lane in 1928 he recorded extensively for HMV (actually The Gramophone Company) up to World War II. He made only the one side for British Columbia: ‘Ol’Continue reading “Paul Robeson sharing his latest hit with Nipper’s friend….”
Anyone Who Had A Heart…..
Watch our friends from the Vinyl Factory in Hayes press a special limited edition record of Cilla Black’s Anyone Who Had A Heart on “The One Show” Friday 16th March Cilla Black and Paul McGann join Chris Evans and Alex Jones on the One Show sofa.
Would it be nice?
January 22nd 1966. 7pm. Gold Star Recording Studios, Los Angeles. Brian Wilson and The Wrecking Crew……would it be nice? Yes. turns out it would! Great song. Great recording.
The invention of the modern music star in a hotel bedroom in Milan
Fred Gaisberg was one of the men who invented the recording industry. In 1893 he worked in the States as the assistant to Emile Berliner, who had just invented the gramophone disc, and then Gaisberg went on to open and run the world’s first recording studio. In 1898 Gaisberg moved to London to make theContinue reading “The invention of the modern music star in a hotel bedroom in Milan”