Matrix number (printed on label):
side 1: 2EA 15140-3
side 2: 2EA 15141-1
Alfred Deller (counter-tenor), Walter Bergmann (harpsichord)
Recording site and date:
No. 3 Abbey Road Studio, London, UK [10/19/1950];
His Master's Voice 7 EP 7068 [45rpm, ext. play] Henry Purcell.
EMI / His Master's Voice "The HMV Treasury" HLM 7234 [LP] Alfred Deller - The Early Recordings: 1949-1953.
EMI Classics "References" 7243 5 65501 2 4 [CD] Alfred Deller - HMV Recordings, 1949-1954.
Classica « Les enregistrements mythiques » No 13 [CD] Alfred Deller chante Purcell
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.): 28/331-147 (Dec 1950)
Information from owned 78rpm, LP and CD.
This is Deller's first recording. His son, Mark, wrote "... I can still recall the excitement he felt when his first 78rpm record, Purcell's Music for a while, was produced in 1949, only somewhat dampened by the fact he didn't possess a record player!" (from CD booklet Duets for Counter-tenor, Vanguard Classics 08 5067 71).
Alan Howlett in the discography published in "Alfred Deller, A Singularity of a Voice" wrote what could be a misleading statement on Purcell's recordings: "most Deller/Bergman discs (i.e. early HMV 78s) have been remastered for LPs and appear on Vanguard "Homage to Henry Purcell", except: HMV C 4247 and HMV 7 EP 7068".
He didn't list numbers nor content of unlisted Purcell's 78rpm.
After careful research, no trace of commercialy available unlisted Deller/Bergmann's recordings have been found, but this 78rpm and HMV C 4044 for a total of 4 songs; this leaves 8 songs with no trace of a HMV recording on 78rpm.
To FAQ references to this recording.
To FAQ CD index page.Pierre-F. Roberge