Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The First Complete Recording of the "New World" Symphony

Hamilton Harty, from the 1927 Columbia Catalogue
After all these years, the symphony most associated with America remains Dvořák's ever-fresh Symphony "From the New World." It is one of the peculiarities of the early recording industry that its first complete outing on shellac should have emanated from London, played by a Manchester-based orchestra conducted by an Irishman. Oh, the famous "Largo" had been recorded in the USA several times, by bands and orchestras including those of Philadelphia and New York, always abridged to one four-minute side. In 1919-21, Landon Ronald made the first recording of all four movements, issued piecemeal and with all but the Scherzo being cut. Then in 1923 came Harty's fine version, his first recording of any symphony, absolutely complete except for one repeat in the Trio of the Scherzo:

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 ("From the New World")
The Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hamilton Harty
Recorded April 10, October 23 and October 24, 1923
Columbia Masterworks Set No. 3, five 78-rpm records
Link (FLAC files, 103.11 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 63.84 MB)

This would be the only complete "New World" recorded acoustically; the next recording would be Stokowski's 1925 early electric version (which can be heard here). Harty would re-record the symphony in 1927, as would Ronald; interestingly, both conductors would be knighted during the period between their respective recordings.

8 comments:

  1. Alternate links:

    FLAC:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/46h88ayni0c50vj/Harty_-_Dvorak_New_World_1923_FLACs.zip

    MP3:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download/46h88ayni0c50vj/Harty_-_Dvorak_New_World_1923_FLACs.zip

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    1. And the MP3:
      http://www.mediafire.com/file/edufb3ud573i495/Harty_-_Dvorak_New_World_1923_MP3s.zip

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  2. Thanks for this amazing historical document ! Surprising good sound thanks to your excellent transfer. So lively conducting !!

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  3. Thank you very much indeed fore this excellent transfer! Very best wishes, Nick

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  4. A wonderful offering, Bryan, thank you! As much as I like Harty's 1927 electrical remake, it sounds a bit rushed in spots. The earlier effort, once the ears are acclimated to the horn, seems more naturally paced, a bit more relaxed. How Harty could achieve this, considering the technical limitations at the time, is remarkable!

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  5. Could you please re-up the Mediafire MP3's? both alternate links are coming up as FLAC, i am seeing impaired and converting FLAC to MP3 online is a difficult challenge for me! thank you for all you do!

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    1. Oy, that was stupid of me - I did upload the MP3s but pasted in the wrong link above! Here's the right one:

      http://www.mediafire.com/file/edufb3ud573i495/Harty_-_Dvorak_New_World_1923_MP3s.zip

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  6. thank you so,so much! i am loving this!

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