Great Boy Sopranos of the Early Twentieth Century


"I hear thee speak of a better land
Thou call'st its children a happy band
Tell me where is that radiant shore
Shall we not seek it and weep no more?"

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AMPHION PHI CD 158
from Volume One

"The Better Land"
(Hemans-Cowen - special arrangement by Doris Arnold for Denis Wright)
Master Denis Wright
With Doris Arnold's Kentucky Minstrels
Conductor Leslie Woodgate; Robinson Cleaver - organ; 
Rec. Grande Theatre, Llandudno  July 1942
H.M.V. C. 3313

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"Serenade"
(Schubert)
Master Frederick Firth
Rec. 10th March 1928
Columbia Test Pressing & Wax
Columbia 3304

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"For you alone"
(P.J.O'Reilly-Henry Geehl)
Master Leslie Day
Rec. May 1933
Columbia D.B. 1122


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AMPHION PHI CD 159

from Volume Two

"Jerusalem"
(Parry-Blake)
Master Denis Barthel
Rec. Temple Church, London, 24/2/32
Dr. George Thalben-Ball at the famous Father Smith organ. 
H.M.V. B. 4258

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"Hymn that I sang as a boy"
(Miller-Burnaby)
Master Graham Payn
Rec. 1934 Rex 8028a

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"Star of God"
(Coates-Murray)
Master Derek Barsham
Rec. live at the Royal Albert Hall
(Boy's Brigade Physical Phantasmagoria)
March 1946
Direct Disc Recording


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AMPHION PHI CD 167
from Volume Three

"Bless this House"
(May H. Brahe)
Master Michael Morely
John Mills, Piano
Rec. 1950
Decca M.672

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"Christopher Robin is saying his prayers"
(A.A. Milne-H. Fraser-Simpson)
Master Billy Neely
Gerald Moore, Piano
Rec. Abbey Road Studio
May 1950
Unpublished recording

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"Birdsong at Eventide"
(Barrie-Coates)
Master Robert Harris
Acc. by Leslie Jeffries & Orchestra
at Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
Rec. 1934
Columbia R.2133


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AMPHION PHI CD 168

from Volume Four

"I Will Sing of Thy Great Mercies O Lord"
(Mendelssohn: St. Paul)
Master Harold Langston
George Thalben-Ball, organ
Rec. Temple Church, London 31/12/29
H.M.V. test BR 2713-2

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"Star of Bethlehem"
(Adams)
Master John Brookman
with Herbert Dawson, organ
Rec. Kingsway Hall, 11/7/34
H.M.V. B. 8241

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"A Song of Wisdom"
(Charles V. Stanford)
Master Beverly Jones
Francis Jackson, organ, York Minster
Private tape recording by John Rothera
Rec. 1954


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AMPHION PHI CD 189

from Volume Five

"Angels Serenade - La Seranata"
(G. Braga)
Master John Bonner
with orchestra & W. Lloyd Weber - organ
Rec 9/1/29
Columbia 9832 matrix WAX 4529-1

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"Father in Heaven"
(Handel)
Master Robert Regent
James H. Lee - organ
Rec 19/1/38
Decca private recording, matrix CP516

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"With Verdure Clad"
(Creation - Haydn)
Master Raymond Kinsey
Rec. 24/4/33
H.M.V. C. 2571 matrix 2B3558-4


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AMPHION PHI CD 220

from Volume Six

"How beautiful are the feet"
(Handel: Messiah)
Master John Gwilym Griffith
with double string quartet and flute accomp.
Rec. 1929
Columbia 5489

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"Santa Lucia"
(Traditional)
Master Richard Bonsall
with piano accomp. by Alan Pow
Rec. 1970
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"I shall be there"
(Bowler/Haydn Wood)
Master Thomas Criddle
with piano accomp. by Andrew Fenner.
Rec. 18/12/1943

HMV BD.1074
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"Far beyond the clouds and beyond the tomb,
It is there my brothers the better land!"

Note: I would like to thank Stephen Beet and Martin Monkman of Amphion Recordings for their kind permission to present this 'recital' of selections from "The Better Land" series. 

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