Early stereo recordings • 3: BACH • VIVALDI • G. MALCOLM

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This is the third of at least five volumes of EMI early stereophonic recordings, released in a joint venture with the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS). EMI started to record in stereo in 1954 and all the recordings in this new series are from this historic period of recorded music. All the releases will appear for the first time in some form and feature many of the greatest classical artists of the time.

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FHR Remasters
Early Stereo Recordings • 3
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Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741) arr. Thurston Dart (1921–1971)
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords and Strings in D minor
(arr. of Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 3, No. 11, RV 565)
1. I. Allegro–Adagio
2. II. Allegro
3. III. Largo
4. IV. Allegro

VIVALDI arr. J.S. BACH (1685–1750)
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords and Strings in A minor, BWV 1065
(arr. of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580)
5. I. Allegro
6. II. Largo
7. III. Finale (Allegro vivace)

Concerto for 3 Harpsichords and Strings in C major, BWV 1064
8. I. Allegro
9. II. Adagio
10. III. Allegro

George MALCOLM (1917–1997)
11. Variations on a Theme of Mozart for 4 Harpsichords

Thurston Dart, Eileen Joyce, George Malcolm harpsichords
Denis Vaughan harpsichord (1 – 7, 11), continuo (8 – 10)
The Pro Arte Orchestra • Boris Ord


Jan Pieterszoon SWEELINCK (1562–1621)
12. Variations on ‘Mein junges Leben hat ein End’ 

William BYRD (1538–1623)
13. The tennthe Paviane and Gagliarde ‘Mr W. Peter

Johann Jakob FROBERGER (1616–1667)
14. Toccata No. 2

Johann PACHELBEL (1653–1706)
15. Ciaconna

Ralph Kirkpatrick harpsichord


Cantata BWV6, ‘Bide with us’
(sung in English)
Bide with us (Chorus)
16. Thou, whose praises never end (Air: contralto)
17. O bide with us, Thou saviour dear (Chorale: sopranos)
18. Lord, to us Thyself be shewing (Air: tenor)
19. Lord Jesu Christ, Thy power display (Chorale)

*Marjorie Thomas contralto • *David Galliver tenor • *Osborne Peasgood organ • *Hubert Dawkes harpsichord • *Edward Selwyn cor anglais
The Bach Choir • Jacques Orchestra • Reginald Jacques
Producer and Stereo balance engineer: unknown
Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, 5 November 1954

*In the absence of surviving documentation, the list of singers and instrumentalists is speculative and based on the artists who perform on the published January 1955 Columbia recording with which this 1954 presumed ‘first attempt’ recording has been compared.

All tracks remastered by David Murphy (FHR)

1 – 11 Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, 12–13 October 1956
Producer: Geraint Jones • Stereo balance engineer: Christopher Parker
12 – 15 Recorded at No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, 10–12 August 1956
Producer: Geraint Jones • Stereo balance engineer: Robert Arnold

5 – 10 From HMV 7.5ips stereosonic open reel tape SCT 1511; first stereo release on compact disc
1 – 4, 11 – 15 First release in stereo

16-19 First release in any format

Booklet notes by Mahan Esfahani and Peter Bromley

All source materials used in this issue are from the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS)
For more information, please visit: www.archiveofrecordedsound.com/
℗ 1957, 2019 © 2019 Recordings licensed from the Archive of Recorded Sound
The copyright in the remastering is owned by First Hand Records Ltd

Press Quotes

“This is another attractive production in all respects and offers valuable reclamations, and restorations, from the stereo vaults.”  (MusicWeb International)

“This is a most enjoyable programme, with excellent notes by Mahan Esfahani and Peter Bromley.” (Gramophone)

“In their third volume of early stereo recordings, First Hand Records offer a fascinating insight into a different period in music-making, well worth it for the Kirkpatrick and some of the livelier 4 harpsichord movements, performers including Thurston Dart” (Nick’s Classical Blogspot)