Early Argo LPs (1952-53) ARL, ARS, ATC, ATM, TM series

A list of the first LPs that Argo issued – different series for 10 inch and 12 inch albums and separate series for albums issued under the auspices of the Society for Twentieth Century Music. By mid-1953 it was all a bit of a mess and the industry was getting confused…

ARL SERIES 10 inch LPs
ARL 1001 James Ching Bach – Chromatic Fantasia
G major French suite
July 1952
ARL 1004 Judy Hill Trio Turina – Piano Trio No 1 July 1952
ARL 1007 Ferenc Molnar (viola), Tanya Ury (piano) Honegger – Sonata for viola and piano
Hindemith – Sonata for viola and piano
1952?
ARL 1009
ARL 1010
Yolanda and German Samper Songs from Colombia Jan 1953
ARL 1012
ARL 1013
Jean Ritchie Songs from Kentucky (2 LPs) 1953

ARS SERIES

12 inch LPs

ARS 1001 Robert Speaight (reader) T.S. Eliot – The waste land etc July 1952
ARS 1002 Hirsch String Quartet Debussy – Quartet in G minor  Arensky – Variations from Quartet Rawsthorne – Theme and variations July 1952
ARS 1003 Fleet Street Choir Berger – Brazilian psalm 1952?
ARS 1004 Eric Parkin Ireland – Decorations/London Pieces/Sonata 1952
ARS 1005 Rubbra/Gruenberg/Pleeth trio Rubbra Trio Op 68
Mozart Trio G major
1952
ARS 1006
ARS 1007
Gamelan orchestra from Pliatan Music from Bali (2 LPs) 1952
ARS 1011 Hirsch String Quartet Bloch Quartet No 2
Wolf Italian Serenade
1952?
ARS 1012
(reissued as RG 12)
W. R. Rodgers (reader) W. R. Rodgers – Europa and the Bull, Lent, The Swan, Spring Dance 1953
ARS 1013
(reissued as RG 13)
Margaret Rawlings (reader) Poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins and John Keats 1952?
ARS 1014 Rostal/Mewton-Wood Busoni – Sonata No 2 1952?
ARS 1016 Federico Garcia Lorca 1952?
ATC SERIES 12 inch LPs Recorded under the auspices of the Society for Twentieth Century Music
ATC 1001 LSO Chamber Ensemble, dir. Peter Stadlen (piano), Hedli Anderson (reciter)

* unpublished – tapes destroyed in fire at Argo studios

Schoenberg – Pierrot Lunaire July 1952*
ATC 1002 Maria Lidka/Margaret Kitchin
Gordon Watson
Fricker – Sonata violin/piano
Searle – Sonata
1952?
ATC 1005 Pears/Mewton Wood Tippett – Boyhood’s End/The Heart’s Assurance 1952?
ATM SERIES 10 inch LPs Recorded under the auspices of the Society for Twentieth Century Music
ATM 1001 Hirsch String Quartet – Leonard Hirsch (violin) Patrick Halling (violin) Stephen Shingles (viola) Francisco Gabarro (cello) Bartok – Quartet No 1 1953
ATM 1002 a) Georgina Dobree (clarinet) Malcolm Latchem (violin) a) and b) Gordon Watson (piano) a) Bartok – Contrasts
b) Bartok – Out of Doors
1953
ATM 1003 ?? Bartok – Piano Sonata
ATM 1006 Tanya Ury (piano) Berg – Piano Sonata Op 1
Prokoviev – Sonata No 3
Stravinsky – Circus Polka
1953
TM SERIES 10 inch LPs
TM 9 a) Georgina Dobree (clarinet) Malcolm Latchem (violin) a) and b) Gordon Watson (piano) a) Bartok – Contrasts
b) Bartok – Out of Doors
1953
TM 8 Hirsch String Quartet Bartok – Quartet No 2 1953
TM 16 Yolanda and German Samper Songs from Colombia 1953
TM 17
TM 18
Jean Ritchie Songs from Kentucky 1953
TM 49 Max Rostal (violin) Colin Horsley (piano) Elgar – Sonata for Violin and Piano 1957
TM 92 Gordon Heath & Lee Payant The Boll Weevil  and Other Traditional Songs of the United States 1957

~ by folkcatalogue on February 25, 2010.

4 Responses to “Early Argo LPs (1952-53) ARL, ARS, ATC, ATM, TM series”

  1. ARS 1006 Gamelan orchestra from Pliatan Music from Bali (2 LPs) 1952

    Is now posted here:
    http://bolingo69.blogspot.com/2011/03/gamelan-orchestra-from-pliatan-bali.html

    So would it not be grand if someone could find the other one below!
    ARS 1007

    Is it possible that it had the same content as the Columbia release of the New York concert from the same tour? Or is it entirely different material. And What is the relation to [Westminster XWN 2209 – P.1957] that according to some comments I found in a card catalogue that it should be identical to RG-1 which is supposedly identical to ARS 1006?
    Any more clues?

    All the best wishes for more discographical clarity ;-)
    from
    Bolingo

  2. Hey, Bolingo. The Westminster will be identical to RG 1. They had a licensing deal with Argo in the 50s, and issued quite a few of their albums in the States. Same tracks in every case I’ve seen. The covers were either the same (with the Westminster logo stamped on it), the generic Westminster ‘Big Ben’ cover or a new one like XWN 2209 above. This one’s got new sleeve notes too.

    The deal was probably the only way for a small independent company like Argo – that couldn’t afford to promote and distribute in the States – to make its recordings available over there.

    It all seems to have stopped after Argo got taken over by Decca in 1957 and could hook in to the parent company’s overseas distribution network.

    And yes, someone must have ARS 1007 out there! Or Record 2 of XWN 2009.

  3. P.S…The 1972 Argo re-issue (ZFB 73) only contained what was on Record One, but with new sleeve notes by John Coast.

  4. pps…i take back what i said above. forgot that Westminster dropped tracks when they issued Songs from Kentucky in the States.

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