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Irving Berlin’s FOLLOW THE CROWD

(originally titled STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!) from Palaeophonics . . .

one copy each of older Opera Rara titles . . .

and our regular 50% SALE continues . . .



We begin this week by offering Palaeophonics’ newest creation, Irving Berlin’s FOLLOW THE CROWD (STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!), the 1916 London hit musical which appeared immediately after its New York début in 1915:

  • FOLLOW THE CROWD (Irving Berlin), w.Jacques Heuvel Cond.Empire Theatre Ensemble; Fay Compton, Joseph Coyne, Robert Hale, Blanche Tomlin, Tom Walls, Eric Courtland, Ethel Levey (Mrs. George M. Cohan), etc.; Irving Berlin (from a Private Record). (England) Palaeophonics 115 recorded 1916, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. FOLLOW THE CROWD was produced at the Empire Theatre, London, on 19 Feb., 1916, after the Broadway Globe Theatre production, 1915 (originally titled STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!). (PE0233)

    FOLLOW THE CROWD (STOP! LOOK! LISTEN!) is a musical revue in three acts with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by Harry B. Smith. The piece had additional music by Henry Kailimai and Jack Alau and additional lyrics by G. H. Stover and Sylvester Kalama. STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! opened on Broadway at the Globe Theatre on Christmas Day, 1915, and ran for 105 performances. The revue was produced by Charles Dillingham and directed by R.H. Burnside. The music director was Robert Hood Bowers, and Robert McQuinn designed the sets and costumes. The London production, under the title FOLLOW THE CROWD, opened at the Empire Theatre, 19 February 1916.”

    “Cast recordings, as thought of today, did not exist in the United States essentially until the advent of the long playing record. In London, however, casts often assembled to record fairly complete scores on 78s, and quite a bit of STOP! LOOK! LISTEN! was recorded in 1916 by the London cast….”


  • – Benjamin Sears


    And now . . . from a prized private collection, we are now delighted to offer an array of more than 50 expensive Opera Rara sets (mostly played only once, if at all), offered at 50% discount from their regular prices . . . we have only one copy of each and have no expectation to have more . . . here follow a few examples:

  • DOM SÉBASTIEN, ROI DE PORTUGAL (Donizetti), w.Mark Elder Cond.Royal Opera House Ensemble; Vesselina Kasarova, Giuseppe Filianoti, Alastair Miles, Simon Keenlyside, Carmelo Corrado Caruso, Robert Gleadow, John Upperton, Andrew Slater, etc. 3-Opera Rara ORC 33. Includes Elaborate 218pp. Libretto-Book. Final Copy! (OP2954)

    “This 3 CD set comes with complete ballet music and a lavishly illustrated book including a complete libretto with an English translation. Jeremy Commons gives a detailed account of the story behind the opera and its composition”

    “Donizetti considered DOM SÉBASTIEN, ROI DE PORTUGAL (1843), his final completed opera written for the Paris Opéra, to be his masterpiece. This splendid performance could hardly be improved upon. Although the recording was made at a concert presentation, the singers' performances are charged with a high sense of drama. As Dom Sébastien, tenor Giuseppe Filianoti is heroic and virile, with a tone that is warm and ringing. Mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova is rich-voiced and poignantly expressive as Zayda. Simon Keenlyside's burnished and athletic baritone gives appropriate menace to Abayaldos. The remaining cast is consistently outstanding. Mark Elder leads the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, in a nuanced and thrillingly dramatic reading of the score. There are a few stage noises, but Opera Rara's overall sound is exemplary. DOM SÉBASTIEN is an unjustly neglected masterpiece, and this superb recording would be an ideal way to make its acquaintance.”


  • - Stephen Eddins, allmusic.com


  • PIA DE' TOLOMEI (Donizetti), w.David Parry Cond.London Phil.; Majella Cullagh, Bruce Ford, Roberto Servile, Manuela Custer, Mirco Palazzi, Mark Wilde, Patrizia Bicciré, Marco Vinco, Christopher Turner, etc. 3-Opera Rara ORC 30. Includes Elaborate 246pp. Libretto-Book. Final Copy! (OP2952)

    “After a concert performance given at the Royal Festival Hall in October 2004 the Guardian Critic Tim Ashley had this to say: 'Majella Cullagh is technically staggering, pushing herself to her expressive limits in order to convey Pia’s emotional and moral agony'."


  • MACBETH (Verdi; 1847 Version) , w.John Matheson Cond.BBC Concert Orch.; Peter Glossop, Rita Hunter, Richard Greager, Kenneth Collins, Michael George, Ludmilla Andrew, Christian Du Plessis, Prudence Lloyd, Roger Heath, Jonathon Robarts, Sue Slade, John Tomlinson, etc. 2-Opera Rara ORCV 301. Includes Elaborate 171pp. Libretto-Book. Now out-of-print. (OP2961)

    “Continuing its valuable releases of opera, supported by the Peter Moores Foundation, Opera Rara launches a series of five Verdi operas with the 1847 version of his MACBETH, in a historic BBC recording masterminded by the Verdi scholar Julian Budden (who also contributes an excellent essay to the accompanying booklet, available in four languages). With Peter Glossop and Rita Hunter heading a stellar if period cast, under the baton of John Matheson, this recording is an especially valuable (and rare) chance to hear Verdi's original version of Shakespeare, full of the youthful new ideas he expunged from his 1865 revision.”


  • - Anthony Holden, THE OBSERVER, 18 Jan., 2004


  • MARIA PADILLA (Donizetti), w. Alun Francis Cond. London Symphony Orchestra; Lois McDonall, Della Jones, Graham Clark, Christian du Plessis, Roderick Earle, Ian Caley, Roderick Kennedy, Joan Davies, etc. 3-Opera Rara ORC 6. Includes Elaborate 119pp. Libretto-Book. Final Copy! (OP2948)

    “The performance itself is an undoubted achievement, as is the recording, again helped by the Peter Moores Foundation. Alun Francis conducts with conviction, the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir make an excellent contribution and the soloists put heart and soul into their work... An inspired piece of casting is that of Graham Clark as the aged father (conventionally a bass, but here a tenor role), and the most thoroughly enjoyable singing comes from Della Jones.”


  • - FANFARE


    . . . and repeated from recent weeks . . .

  • SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY Cond. Boston S.O., Vol.V,: Symphony #1 (Roy Harris), Live Performance, 2 Feb., 1934, Carnegie Hall; Symphony #3 (William Schuman), World Premiere Performance, 17 Oct., 1941, Symphony Hall (Conducted by the dedicatée). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-238. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1305)

  • SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Cond. Philadelphia Orch.: Isle of the Dead - recorded 20 April, 1929; Symphony #3 in a, recorded 11 Dec., 1939 (both Cond. by the Composer). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-235). Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (C1306)

  • CARLOS KLEIBER Cond. Vienna S.O., w.Christa Ludwig & Waldemar Kmentt: DAS LIED VON DER ERDE (Mahler). (Austria) Wiener Konzerthaus WS007, Live Performance, 7 June, 1967 - Kleiber's sole encounter with Mahler's music, now in a vastly improved sound transfer, far superior to earlier efforts. (C1307)

  • RAFAEL KUBELIK Cond. Kölner Rundfunk S.O., w.Janos Starker, Claudio Arrau & Rudolf Firkusny: Haydn, Schumann, Mendelssohn & Dvorák. (Austria) 3-Orfeo C 726 143, recorded 1960-63. (C1304)

  • PAUL HINDEMITH Cond. Stuttgart Radio S.O: Symphony #7 in E (Bruckner). (Germany) Hänssler 94.222, recorded 1958. (C1308)

  • STÉPHANE DENÈVE Cond. Stuttgart Radio S.O.: Ravel Program. (Germany) Hänssler 93.325, recorded 2013 & 2014 (C1310)

  • CHEREVICHKI (The Slippers) (Tschaikowsky), recorded 1948, w.Melik-Pashaev Cond. Bolshoi Opera Ensemble; Georgi Nelepp, Andrei Ivanov, Maxim Mikhailov, Krassowski, Antonova, Kruglikova, etc. (Russia) 2-Melodiya 10 02129. Transfers by D. Goklin. Brochure notes in Cyrillic, French & English. (OP2932)

  • BELISARIO (Donizetti), Live Performance, 2012, Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, w.Tolomelli Cond. Dario Solari, Donata d'Annunzio Lombardi, Andeka Gorrotxategui, etc. (Italy) Bongiovanni AB 20027. (DVD0711)

  • TANNHÄUSER, Live Performance, 3 Aug., 1961, w.Sawallisch Cond.Bayreuth Festival Enesmble; Wolfgang Windgassen, Victoria de los Angeles, Grace Bumbry, Josef Greindl, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gerhard Stolze, Franz Crass, Gerhard Paskuda & Theo Adam. 3-Orfeo d'Or C888143D. (OP2931)

  • NINON VALLIN, Vol. V, incl. Songs by Massenet & Gounod; Arias from Carmen, Louise, La Reine Joyeuse, Manon, La Boheme. Madama Butterfly, Die Lustige Witwe & Der Graf von Luxemburg. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-231, all recorded Dec., 1931, Pathé. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. Great transfers from pristine 78rpm copies, the fifth in a YSL series of some of Vallin’s rarest records! (V2278)

  • RÉGINE CRESPIN, w.Inghelbrecht, Etcheverry, Knappertsbusch, Kempe, Markevitch, Downes, Leinsdorf & Maazel Cond.: Arias from La Damnation de Faust, Pénélope, La Juive, Sigurd, La Reine de Saba, Marie-Magdeleine, Sapho, Tosca, Der Fliegende Holländer, Die Walküre, Parsifal & Der Rosenkavalier (the latter being the Marschallin's Act I Monologue from Crespin's first Met Opera Broadcast, 22 Dec., 1962). (France) Malibran 212, recorded 1959-63, partially live performances. (V2275)

  • ALAIN VANZO: Musica proibita (Gastaldón); w.Jules Gressier & Jésus Etcheverry Cond.: Arias from Don Giovanni, I Puritani, Barbiere, Lucia, L’Italiana in Algeri, L'Elisir, Rigoletto, Ballo, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly & Der Rosenkavalier. (France) Malibran 208, recorded 1958-64. (V2277)

  • GEORGES LE COZ, w.Michelle Langot (Pf.): Songs by Duparc, Ropartz, Gounod, Fauré, Lazzari, Chausson, de Séverac, etc. - Live Performances 23 Jan., 1983 & 22 Nov., 1987, Brest; Arias from Mignon, Lakmé, Samson et Dalila, Cléopâtre, Judas Maccabeus & Don Carlos - Live Performances 1959-83. Georges Le Coz, 1924-2008, A most worthy recital by the respected student of Vanni-Marcoux. (France) Malibran 769. (V2276)

  • GIUSEPPE VALDENGO, w.Erede Cond.: Songs by Tosti, Rotoli, Denza, Brogi, de Crescenzo, Billi & Leoncavallo; Arias from Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Faust & Hamlet. (E.U.) Decca 480 8184, recorded 1949. (V2279)

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