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Yves St Laurent returns with

more Horowitz and Rodzinski,

featuring the latter’s sensational

1937 ELEKTRA with Rose Pauly . . .

the 1917 London ZIG-ZAG from Palaeophonics . . .

and our regular 50% SALE continues . . .



  • ZIG-ZAG (Dave Stamper, Gene Buck & George M. Cohan; de Courville, Pink & Arnould), w.Julian Jones Cond.London Hippodrome Ensemble; Shirley Kellogg (Mrs Albert de Courville), George Robey, Daphne Pollard, Cicely Debenham, Marie Spink & Bertram Wallis. (England) Palaeophonics 126, recorded 1917, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. ZIG-ZAG, London Hippodrome on 31 Jan., 1917 and ran for 648 performances. (PE0237)

    ZIG-ZAG! was a revue staged at the London Hippodrome, London during World War I. It was devised by Albert de Courville, Wal Pink and George Arnold, with music by Dave Stamper (with arrangements and orchestrations by the musical director, Julian Jones), lyrics by Gene Buck, and additional songs by George M. Cohan. The revue opened on 31 January 1917 starring George Robey, Daphne Pollard, Cicely Debenham, Shirley Kellogg, Marie Spink and Bertram Wallis. It ran for 648 performances.

    Robey interpolated a sketch into the show based on his music hall character ‘The Prehistoric Man’, with Pollard playing the role of ‘She of the Tireless Tongue’. In another scene, he played a drunken gentleman who had accidentally secured the box at the Savoy Theatre instead of an intended hotel room. The audience appeared unresponsive to the character, so he changed it mid-performance to that of a naive Yorkshire man. The change provoked much amusement, and it became one of the most popular scenes of the show.

    During the later half of the war, revues and musical comedies were in great demand; other London hits running at the same time included THE BING BOYS ARE HERE (also starring Robey, who left that show to join ZIG-ZAG!), CHU CHIN CHOW, THEODORE & CO, THE HAPPY DAY, THE MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS, THE BOY AND YES, UNCLE!. The audiences, which included soldiers on leave, wanted light and uplifting entertainment during the war, and these shows delivered it.”


  • ELEKTRA (Concert Version), Live Performance, 21 March, 1937, Carnegie Hall., w.Artur Rodzinski Cond. NYPO; Rose Pauly, Charlotte Bœrner, Enid Szantho, Frederick Jagel, Julius Huehn, etc.: (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-191. Transfers by Yves St Laurent, from WABC transcriptions, Richard Rodzinski Collection, with broadcast commentary at end. (C1316)

    "[Pauly] is completely the dramatic interpreter. It is in this cause that the tone assumes a thousand colors, according to the stress of the moment, which sometimes the voice is as jagged as Strauss' terrific text....Few voices have at once the power and the color that the music asks. Here is a singer born for the part."


    - Olin Downes, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 8 Jan., 1938


    “Everyone on stage was excellent, but Pauly was nothing less than phenomenal. For that matter, Artur, whose ELEKTRA in Cleveland I had thought impossible to top, completely transcended himself. The public went wild with enthusuiasm. To a man, from parterre to galleries, the audience in Carnegie Hall stood and shouted and applauded for a full twenty-five minutes. I had not seen an ovation like this before, neither for Artur nor anyone else. My husband was sublimely happy as, time after time, he led Mme Pauly and other members of the cast back on stage with him for bow after bow. Raising the orchestra to share the applause with him drove the audience to noisier, prolonged acclamations. It seemed as though they would never stop.”


  • - Halina Rodzinski, OUR TWO LIVES, p.157


  • CARMEN - Excerpts, w.Courand Cond. Karlsruhe Opera Society Ensemble; Elise Kahn, Tony Poncet, Jean Borthayre, Irène Jaumillot, etc. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-234. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (OP2964)

  • THIERRY de BRUNHOFF: Daquin, Couperin, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff & Bartók. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-232. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1131)

    “Thierry de Brunhoff was born in 1933. His father was the writer and illustrator Jean de Brunhoff (1899-1937) who was famous for creating the BABAR THE ELEPHANT books. When he was nine years old, Thierry de Brunhoff became a pupil of Alfred Cortot at l'École Normale de Musique in Paris. Brunhoff's father had died when he was just three and he was encouraged as a pianist by his mother who had also been a pupil of Cortot's. He was a favourite pupil of Cortot and his career developed in the early 1960s to include acclaimed recitals and records, notably of Schumann. Some of his recordings from this period remain available. In the mid-1960s Brunhoff was involved in a serious car accident and, although he returned to the recording studio, his performing career was curtailed and he turned to teaching.

    After a career spanning 30 years, Thierry de Brunhoff entered the Benedictine monastery of En Calcat near Toulouse in 1974 as Frère Thierry-Jean. At that point the trail goes cold, other than confirmation in Feb. 2011 that Brunhoff was still a member of the religious community at En Calcat.”


  • VLADIMIR HOROWITZ, Vol. VIII: Bach, Haydn, Mozart (incl. the latter’s Sonata #12 in F, K.332), Liszt, Schumann & Dohnányi Recital. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-230, recorded 1928-47. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1132)

  • VLADIMIR HOROWITZ, Vol. IX: Bach, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc, Moskowski, Bizet & Sousa Recital. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-239, recorded 1928-50. Transfers by Yves St Laurent. (P1133)

    “Vladimir Horowitz is recognized as the greatest piano virtuoso of the twentieth century. Possessor of staggering technique, he was, in his prime, probably unequaled for speed and dynamic range, and he remains unequaled in his ability to evoke the Romantic tradition of highly expressive, personalized pianism as practiced by such legendary musicians as Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninoff. As Time Magazine's Michael Walsh noted in a 1986 report, ‘At his peak, Horowitz had it all, heightened and amplified by a daredevil recklessness that infused every performance with an exhilarating, unabashed theatricality’. Walsh proceeded to refer to Horowitz as ‘this most extraordinary of artists’….Horowitz had first considered making his own set of variations on Bizet’s music after performing Pablo Sarasate’s violin and piano arrangement on themes from Carmen with Milstein many times during their Russian tours. He had become so bored with the simple ‘habañera’ piano accompaniment that he decided to produce variations of his own….The result was a glittering blend of Bizet, Moszkowski, Sarasate, and Horowitz – but with a virtuoso stamp and an élan that was his alone.”


  • – Glenn Plaskin, HOROWITZ, p.86


    . . . and repeated from recent weeks . . .

  • JOY-LAND (Herman Dareweski, de Courville & Pink), w.London Hippodrome Ensemble; Shirley Kellogg (Mrs Albert de Courville), Harry Tate, Bertram Wallis, George Carvey, etc.; Murray Johnson & Aimée Maxwell: Excerpts from the HMV Records. (England) Palaeophonics 125, recorded 1915, Complete, as Recorded, w.Elaborate ‘The Play’ 20pp. Brochure replete w.photos from the London production & facsimile of original brochure. JOY-LAND was produced at the London Hippodrome, on 23 Dec., 1915 and ran for 409 performances. Included is an elaborate 6pp. Columbia Records brochure featuring numerous photos of the production. (PE0234)

    “Herman Darewski was a British composer and conductor of light music. His most successful work was perhaps THE BETTER 'OLE, which ran for over 800 performances in its original London production in 1917. Some of his songs became very successful in musical revues.”


  • 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)

    “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


  • ERNST LÉVY, Vol. IV, A Selection of Unpublished Concert and Studio Recordings, featuring Haydn, Beethoven Schubert, Liszt, Brahms & Franck. 2-Marston 52072, recorded 1942-59. (P1130)

    "Another important piano discovery, Ernst Lévy, remains unknown to all but the most dedicated piano buffs – he is not even mentioned in Schonberg’s book on the great pianists –these defiantly personalized performances are utterly free of convention and burn with conviction….”


  • - Peter G. Davis, NEW YORK, 24 Aug., 1998


  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 fromDon 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)

  • ISHAM JONES: Sahara Rose; Dance-O-Mania; Waiting for the Sun to Come Out ; La Veeda; So Long, Oo Long; When Shadows Fall I Hear You Calling, California; Wait’ll You See; Alice Blue Gown; Jean; A Young Man’s Fancy; Idle Dreams; Scandal Walk; Happy; Kismet; Koolemoff; Sweet Woman; Dreamy Paradise; Japanese Sandman; Wishing; Rose of Araby; Lovin’ Lady; Jing-Bula-Jing-Jing; I Love You, Sunday; Avalon; Fair One 7. Sultan; Look for the Silver Lining; Rose; Whip-Poor-Will; Do You Ever Think of Me?; All She’d Say Was Umh Hum; My Mammy; I Never Realized. (Canada) 2-Archeophone 6008. (PE0235)

  • 1911 - 'Up, Up a Little Bit Higher'. 26 Tracks including Alexander’s Ragtime Band; Come, Josephine, in My Flying Machine; Down by the Old Mill Stream’, etc. (Canada) Archeophone 9016. (PE0236)

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  • Artur Rodzinski, Vol. XXXII - ELEKTRA  (Pauly)  (YSL 78-191)
    C1316. ARTUR RODZINSKI, Vol. XXXII, Cond. NYPO, w. Rose Pauly, Charlotte Boerner, Enid Szantho, Frederick Jagel, Julius Huehn, etc.: ELEKTRA (Concert Version), Live Performance, 21 March, 1937, Carnegie Hall. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-191. Transfers by Yves St Laurent, from the WABC transcription disks, Richard Rodzinski Collection.
    $19.90
    Carmen  (Kahn, Poncet, Borthayre)   (St Laurent YSL 33-234)
    OP2964. CARMEN - Excerpts, w.Courand Cond. Karlsruhe Opera Society Ensemble; Elise Kahn, Tony Poncet, Jean Borthayre, Irène Jaumillot, etc. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-234. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
    $19.90
    Vladimir Horowitz, Vol. IX    (St Laurent Studio YSL 78-239)
    P1133. VLADIMIR HOROWITZ, Vol. IX: Bach, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc, Moskowski, Bizet & Sousa Recital. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 78-239, recorded 1928-50. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
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    Thierry de Brunhoff     (St Laurent Studio YSL 33-232)
    P1131. THIERRY de BRUNHOFF: Daquin, Couperin, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Rachmaninoff & Bartók. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL 33-232. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
    $19.90
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