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CRQ 458 National Gramophonic Society world premiere recordings, 1925: Beethoven Quartet Op. 59 No. 1, Brahms Sextet Op. 18, Spencer Dyke Quartet and friends

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Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925
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Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925
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Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925
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Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925
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Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin I), Edwin Quaife (violin II), Ernest Tomlinson (viola I), James Lockyer (viola II), B. Patterson Parker (’cello I), Edward R. Robinson (’cello II) Studio recording: London, c. July & September 1925
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Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin I), Edwin Quaife (violin II), Ernest Tomlinson (viola I), James Lockyer (viola II), B. Patterson Parker (’cello I), Edward R. Robinson (’cello II) Studio recording: London, c. July & September 1925
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Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin I), Edwin Quaife (violin II), Ernest Tomlinson (viola I), James Lockyer (viola II), B. Patterson Parker (’cello I), Edward R. Robinson (’cello II) Studio recording: London, c. July & September 1925
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Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin I), Edwin Quaife (violin II), Ernest Tomlinson (viola I), James Lockyer (viola II), B. Patterson Parker (’cello I), Edward R. Robinson (’cello II) Studio recording: London, c. July & September 1925

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1. Track 1 Beethoven String Quartet in F major Op.59 No.1 Movt 1: Allegro. 10:46

2. Track 2 Beethoven String Quartet in F major Op.59 No.1 Movt 2: Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando. 09:18

3. Track 3 Beethoven String Quartet in F major Op.59 No.1 Movt 3: Adagio molto e mesto. 09:54

4. Track 4 Beethoven String Quartet in F major Op.59 No.1 Movt 4: Thème russe. Allegro. 05:51

Spencer Dyke String Quartet

Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925

1. Track 5 Brahms String Sextet in B flat major Op.18 Movt 1: Allegro ma non troppo. 10:15

2. Track 6 Brahms String Sextet in B flat major Op.18 Movt 2: Andante ma moderato. 08:09

3. Track 7 Brahms String Sextet in B flat major Op.18 Movt 3: Scherzo. Allegro molto. 02:44

4. Track 8 Brahms String Sextet in B flat major Op.18 Movt 4 Rondo. Poco allegretto e grazioso. 09:18

Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin I), Edwin Quaife (violin II), Ernest Tomlinson (viola I), James Lockyer (viola II), B. Patterson Parker (’cello I), Edward R. Robinson (’cello II)

Studio recording: London, c. July & September 1925

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released May 11, 2021

The National Gramophonic Society (1924-1935)
The NGS was an offshoot of The Gramophone, the magazine launched in 1923 by the British novelist Compton Mackenzie (see CRQ 447). Among several innovations, it was funded by subscription; members voted on which works it would record; and it pledged to issue only premiere, complete recordings. The Society’s third issue offered Beethoven’s first Op.59 (‘Razumovsky’) Quartet, one of the longest chamber works then available on discs, and the fourth brought Brahms’ first sextet, plus a short piece by Eugene Goossens as a filler. Played by different artists, the Goossens was coupled with the Brahms by mistake, and will be included in a later instalment in this series.

Oscar Preuss (1889-1958)
The NGS’s first issues were produced by Columbia, but in 1925 the Society switched to Parlophone, a branch of the German multi-national Lindström. Well established in Britain before World War I, as an ‘enemy’ business Lindström was wound up and expropriated, but from 1923 it re-entered the British market. Parlophone’s Recording Manager was London-born Oscar Preuss, who had worked for Lindström since 1904; nowadays he is best known for hiring George Martin, later producer for the Beatles. Parlophone’s productions for the NGS were of variable quality, drawing criticism from listeners and the press, but Jolyon Hudson’s new transfers bring the best out of these pioneering recordings.

For further information please see:

nickmorgandiscography.org/index.php?title=Spencer_Dyke_String_Quartet

nickmorgandiscography.org/index.php?title=National_Gramophonic_Society_discography

Produced by Nick Morgan
Transfer from original discs and digital remastering by Jolyon Hudson

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