OP1774. IN A PERSIAN GARDEN – Excerpts (Complete, as recorded) (Liza Lehmann), recorded 1928, w.Herbert Bedford directing Dora Labbette, Muriel Brunskill, Hubert Eisdell & Harold Williams; Lawrence Tibbett: Myself when young; Webster Booth: Ah! Moon of my delight. (England) Palaeophonics 96. Excellently transferred from the legendary 78rpm rarities, w.Elaborate handsome 12pp Brochure, facsimile from the Original English Columbia Masterworks 78rpm set.
"British composer Liza Lehmann wrote her most beloved piece, IN A PERSIAN GARDEN, in 1895. Using the majority of Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubiayat of Omar Khayyám, the cantata scored for SATB solo quartet and piano, enjoyed wide-spread popularity into the 1920s and 30s. The piece and this performance, as a joining of the work of entities largely unknown to each other, make this presentation In a Persian Garden: The Collaborative Rubaiyat.
Liza Lehmann, was a widely popular composer both in the Europe and the United States at the end 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. In 1910, Lehmann made a successful tour of the United States, where she accompanied her own songs in recitals. She became the first president of England's Society of Women Musicians in 1911 and 1912. Even after her death in 1918, at 56, selections from her work, especially from In a Persian Garden. were still popular and made by the likes of Lawrence Tibbet, John McCormack and Mario Lanza."
- Zillah Dorset Akron
“If you are interested in what original audiences of early 20th century English operetta and musical comedy heard, there is a great source for such recordings – the record label Paleophonics. Dominic Combe prepares CDs for them from his huge collection of shellacs and a few cylinders.
I came across these somewhat hard-to-find CDs on the website of the mail-order company NORBECK, PETERS AND FORD, (norpete.com) which is specialized in historical performances from the beginning of recorded sound all the way through to the 1960s.
There are now over fifty Paleophonics CDs, and more are being prepared or scheduled for future release. Each CD comes with a lavishly illustrated program booklet with reviews, information about the shows and fantastic publicity photographs, and artwork from the original London productions, in the form of reproductions of the magazine PLAY PICTORIAL.”
- Thomas Krebs, OPERETTA RESEARCH CENTER - PALEOPHONICS - A JOURNEY TO THE DAWN OF RECORDED SOUND IN MUSICAL COMEDY, 1 July, 2020