V0231. ROY HENDERSON, w.Eric Gritton, Gerald Moore, Ivor Newton, & Leslie Heward (Pfs.), Max Gilbert (viola): Centenary Recital incl. 6 Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (Butterworth), plus songs by Warlock, Stanford, Dale, Purcell, Boyce, Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Hatton, Short, Arne, Tschaikowsky, etc. (England) Dutton CDLX 7038, recorded 1925-44. Transfers by Michael J. Dutton. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 765387703820
“The last survivor of the cast on the very first Glyndebourne night in May 1934 clinched his place on stage (as Count Almaviva) for that inaugural MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. The conductor Fritz Busch had wanted reassurance of Roy Henderson's talents and had sent his right-hand man Hans Oppenheim to hear him in London. With modest pride, Henderson recalls how Busch reckoned that his characterisation of Papageno in THE MAGIC FLUTE, again at Glyndebourne, was the best he'd seen.
Henderson's career flourished in the days when the British musical market alone was substantial enough to sustain numbers of home-grown singers. He was soon on a Decca recording contract, some of the fruits of which appear on a new CD devoted to the English repertoire he excelled in. Typically forthright singing it is, sincere and direct, but with plenty of evidence of his tip-of-the-tongue agility and never better than in character numbers such as Hatton's ‘Simon the Cellarer’.
‘Not that many people got off the train from London for that first night, and not for the second either. But when people saw the extraordinary press reviews, the audiences became bigger and bigger. By the next season the place was full’.”
- Andrew Green, THE GUARDIAN, 1 July, 1999