PODCAST PLAYLISTS – ON WINGS OF SONG – WEBSTER BOOTH AS SOLOIST

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ON WINGS OF SONG – WEBSTER BOOTH AS SOLOIST – EPISODE 1 – PLAYLIST

Cover of The Golden Age of Webster Booth

Cover of The Golden Age of Webster Booth

Theme music: On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn) accompanied by Gerald Moore, Recorded on 12 February 1943. HMV B9315

This one, Or That One RIGOLETTO (Verdi) Webster Booth with orchestra, conducted by Lawrance Collingwood. Recorded 1939. HMV B8829

Ev’ry Valley MESSIAH (Handel) Webster Booth with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Warwick Braithwaite. Recorded on 28 February 1939. HMV C3087.

O, had I Jubal’s Lyre JOSHUA (Handel) Gwen Catley, with City of Birmingham Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Heward. Recorded on 22 December 1940. HMV HMV B9138

The Lord is a Man of War ISRAEL IN EGYPT (Handel) Harold Williams, Malcolm McEachern. Recorded October 1933. Columbia DX585

Why does the God of Israel Sleep? SAMSON (Handel) Webster Booth with orchestra conducted by Warwick Braithwaite. Recorded December 1949. HMV C3939

Quartet Fairest Daughter of the Graces RIGOLETTO (Verdi). Webster Booth, Noel Edie, Arnold Matters, Edith Coates, London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Warwick Braithwaite. Recorded at Abbey Road, London on 3 March 1939. HMV C3086

Webster Booth on LP cover

Webster Booth on LP cover

ON WINGS OF SONG – WEBSTER BOOTH AS SOLOIST – EPISODE 2  – PLAYLIST

All Hail, Thy Dwelling, Pure and Holy, FAUST (Gounod) Webster Booth with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite.Recorded 29 August 1942. C3309

Then Leave Her, FAUST (Gounod) with Webster Booth, Norman Walker and Joan Cross, with Sadlers Wells opera chorus, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Lawrance Collingwood. Recorded 3 March 1939 HMV C3086

Off to Philadelphia in the Morning (Walter Battison Hayes) Norman Walker, accompanied by Gerald Moore. Recorded at Abbey Road studios, 17 March 1952.

Phil, the Fluter’s Ball (Percy French). Webster Booth accompanied by Gerald Moore, December 1940. HMV B9123

Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, LA BOHEME (Puccini) Webster Booth, with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite. Recorded on 12 September 1938. HMV C3030

In a Coupé, LA BOHEME (Puccini) Webster Booth & Dennis Noble, with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite. Recorded on 29 August 1942. HMV C3309

Will She be Waiting Up? (Sterndale Bennett) Dennis Noble, Recorded on 19 September 1929. Columbia DB 158.

Webster Booth as a young man

ON WINGS OF SONG – WEBSTER BOOTH AS SOLOIST – EPISODE 3 – PLAYLIST

Thine Be Her Burden DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) Webster Booth with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent, recorded on 21 October 1943, HMV C3372

Give Me Thy Hand DON GIOVANNI (Mozart) Dennis Noble, Gwen Catley, with the Hallé orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite, recorded on 7 March 1943 at the Houldsworth Hall, Manchester, HMV B9338

The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte) with Gerald Moore at the piano.

Sound the Trumpet (Purcell), Kathleen Ferrier and Isobel Baillie

For England (Alan Murray) Oscar Natzka, Parlophone R2734

Where e’er you walk SEMELE (Handel) Webster Booth, with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite on 28 August 1942, HMV C3305

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