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CRQ 507 National Gramophonic Society World Premiere Recordings: Elgar Piano Quintet, Mozart Oboe Quartet, Bach, Tomlinson.

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Leon Goossens (oboe), Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin), Ernest Tomlinson (viola), B. Patterson Parker (cello) Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925
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Leon Goossens (oboe), Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin), Ernest Tomlinson (viola), B. Patterson Parker (cello) Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925
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Leon Goossens (oboe), Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin), Ernest Tomlinson (viola), B. Patterson Parker (cello) Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925
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Leon Goossens (oboe), Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, April 1925
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Ethel Hobday (piano), Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, c. February/March 1926
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Ethel Hobday (piano), Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, c. February/March 1926
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Ethel Hobday (piano), Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, c. February/March 1926
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Spencer Dyke String Quartet Studio recording: London, c. July 1925

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CRQ 507 National Gramophonic Society world premiere recordings, 1925-26: Elgar Piano Quintet, Mozart Oboe Quartet, Bach, Tomlinson. Spencer Dyke Quartet with Leon Goossens and Ethel Hobday.

Track 1 Mozart Quartet for oboe and strings in F major K.370 Movt 1: Allegro. 4:53
Track 2 Mozart Quartet for oboe and strings in F major K.370 Movt 2: Adagio. 3:10
Track 3 Mozart Quartet for oboe and strings in F major K.370 Movt 3: Rondeau. Allegro. 4:27
Leon Goossens (oboe), Edwin Spencer Dyke (violin), Ernest Tomlinson (viola), B. Patterson Parker (cello)
Studio recording: London, c. April & June 1925

Track 4 Bach Ich steh’ mit einem Fuss im Grabe BWV 156 Movt. 1: Sinfonia. 2:06
Leon Goossens (oboe), Spencer Dyke String Quartet
Studio recording: London, April 1925

Track 5 Elgar Quintet for piano and strings in a minor Op.84 Movt 1: Moderato. Allegro. 13:47
Track 6 Elgar Quintet for piano and strings in a minor Op.84 Movt 2: Adagio. 11:07
Track 7 Elgar Quintet for piano and strings in a minor Op.84 Movt 3: Andante. Allegro. 10:09
Ethel Hobday (piano), Spencer Dyke String Quartet
Studio recording: London, c. February/March 1926

Track 8 Ernest Tomlinson A Lament (c. 1922)
Spencer Dyke String Quartet
Studio recording: London, c. July 1925

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released March 21, 2022

Leon Goossens (1897-1988)
Scion of a famous musical family, Goossens enjoyed a long career as the leading oboist of his time. He was a great catch for the National Gramophonic Society, starring in some of its most popular and successful issues. The first, Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, was well suited to acoustical horn recording, deployed here by Parlophone’s Oscar Preuss (1889-1958), who many years later gave George Martin his start in the record business. Equally successful was the opening Sinfonia of Bach’s cantata No.156, played one to a part by Goossens and members of the Spencer Dyke Quartet, sparely and expressively.

Ethel Hobday (1871-1947)
The National Gramophonic Society was an offshoot of The Gramophone, the magazine launched in 1923 by the British novelist Compton Mackenzie (see CRQ 447, 451, 458 & 471). Among several innovations, the Society was funded by subscription; members voted on which works it would record; and it pledged to issue only premiere, complete recordings. The NGS also aimed for musical authenticity by involving composers in its recordings of their works. Mackenzie belonged to the same London men’s club as Sir Edward Elgar, and invited the composer to play the piano part in his Piano Quintet. Elgar declined but in his place nominated two female pianists. The obvious choice was Ethel Hobday, who had already made many chamber music recordings for Vocalion. Announcing its set of Elgar’s Quintet, the NGS proudly proclaimed, ‘This issue may therefore be taken as an authoritative rendering’. Some months before, the Society’s resident quartet had recorded the short but impassioned Lament by its viola player, Ernest Tomlinson (1877-1957), well known in his day as a teacher. As far as is known, this is his only composition to appear on disc.

For further information please see:
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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