RG series 101 – 199 (1957-60), first stereo recordings (1958-60)

Another couple of years of the Argo RG series LPs, much of them taken up with the beginnings of the marathon effort to release all of Shakespeare’s plays on disc – and a fair amount of other ‘spoken word’ albums.

December 1958 sees the first stereo album issued by Argo – Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, starring a young Jane Asher.

Stereo albums in the list below issued with ZRG prefix and the digit 5 ahead of the RG series number – so, the mono RG 145 becomes ZRG 5145 in the stereo version.

Spoken word albums in yellow, classical in grey, folk green, others red.

ARGO No PERFORMER TITLE YEAR
RG 101
RG 102
Dennis Noble/Carmen Prietto Gay – The Beggar’s Opera (re-cut from 1955 3 disc recording)
RG 103 Members of Cambridge University; Dir George Rylands English Prose 1485-1640
Malory to Donne
1957
RG 104 Members of Cambridge University; Dir George Rylands English Prose 1621-1781
Burton to Johnson
1957
RG 105 Members of Cambridge University; Dir George Rylands English Prose 1722-1790
Defoe to Burke
1957
RG 106 Members of Cambridge University; Dir George Rylands English Prose 1816-1853
Austen to Bronte
1957
RG 107 Members of Cambridge University; Dir George Rylands English Prose 1863-1903
Dickens to Butler
1957
RG 108 Zimbler Sinfonietta; solo violin George Zazovsky Vivaldi – Four Seasons 1958?
RG 109 Arthur Grumiaux – violin
Gregory Tucker – piano
Bach – Chaconne
Fiocco – Suite No 1
Mozart – violin sonatas 18, 21
1958
RG 110
RG 111 Boston Percussion Group Chavez – Toccata
Farberman – Evolution
1958
RG 112 Jacobean Ensemble Purcell – Ten Sonatas in Four Parts 1958
RG 113
RG 114 Renaissance Singers, Cond.
Michael Howard
Byrd: Mass in 3 voices/Motets 1958
RG 115
RG 116 T.S. Elliot Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats 1958
RG 117 The Temperance Seven Plus One The Temperance Seven Plus One 1958
RG 118
RG 119 Robert Speaight Poems by: Collins/Gray/Goldsmith 1958
RG 120 Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; dir.Boris Ord An Easter Matins 1958
RG 121
RG 122
RG 123
RG 124
Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands Othello April 1958
RG 125
RG 126
RG 127
Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands As You Like It April 1958
RG 128
RG 129
RG 130
RG 131
Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands Troilus and Cressida April 1958
RG 132
RG 133
RG 134
Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands Julius Caesar 1958
RG 135
RG 136
RG 137
RG 138
Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands Coriolanus 1958
RG 139
RG 140
RG 141
Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands Richard II 1958
RG 142
RG 143
RG 144
Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands Shakespeare Sonnets 1959?
RG 145
RG 146 

ZRG 5145
ZRG 5146

Various Artists, incl Jane Asher/Vivienne Chatterton/ Tony Church Alice in Wonderland Oct 1958
RG 147 Boston Wind Ensemble; Cond. Eric Simon Strauss – Sonatina/Serenade/ Suite for 13 wind instruments/
1958
RG 148 Renaissance Singers, Choristers of Ely Cathedral, Music for the Feast of Christmas 1958
RG 149

ZRG 5149

Westminster Cathedral Choir, dir. George Malcolm Victoria – Responsories for Tenebrae 1959
RG 150 Shirley Collins Sweet England 1959
RG 151
ZRG 5151
(7-track EP)
Choir of King’s College/ Preston/Jacobean Consort of Viols; Dir David Willcocks Gibbons – Church Music Apr 1959
RG 152

ZRG 5152

Choir of St John’s Cambridge; Dir George Guest Goldschmidt/Mendelssohn/
Bach/Mozart/Stainer/Brahms/
Lidon
May 1959
ZRG 153 E. M. Forster Forster – The Road from Colonus/What I believe 1959
RG 154 Arthur Miller Excerpts from the Crucible
and Death of a Salesman
1959
RG 155 Frank Pettingell Dickens – A Christmas Carol 1959
RG 156 John Betjeman Betjeman – Poems 1959
RG 157 Frank Pettingell Dickens Duets 1959
RG 158 Siobhan McKenna W. B. Yeats poems 1959
RG 159 J. B. Priestley J. B. Priestley 1959
RG 160
RG 161
RG 162
RG 163

ZRG 5160-
ZRG 5163

Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands

 

The Merchant of Venice Mar 1959
RG 164
RG 165
RG 166
RG 167

ZRG 5164-
ZRG 5167

Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands
 

 

Measure for Measure Sep 1959
RG 168
RG 169
RG 170
RG 171

ZRG 5168 –
ZRG 5171

Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands

 

King John Sep 1959
RG 172
RG 173
RG 174

ZRG 5172-
ZRG 5174

Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands The Two Gentlemen of Verona Oct 1959
RG 175
RG 176
RG 177

ZRG 5175-
ZRG 5177

Marlowe Society, University of Cambridge, Director George Rylands

Macbeth Oct 1959
RG 178 John Masefield Masefield – The Story of Ossian 1959
RG 179

ZRG 5179

Welles/English/Whitworth/ Bevan/Renaissance Singers/ Choristers Canterbury Cathedral (a)

Elder/Finch/Renaissance Singers/Choristers Canterbury Cathedral/Korchinska (harp)(b)

Vaughan Williams – Mass in G minor (a) 

Britten – A Ceremony of Carols (b)

Jan 1960
RG 180
RG 181
Various artists, incl Asher/ Chatterton/Duncan/Margareta Scott Carroll – Alice through the Looking Glass 1959
RG 182 William Butler Yeats
Michael Macliammoir
W.B. Yeats – poetry and extract from a talk 1959
RG 183 Jean Vilar French Poetry Anthology 1960?
RG 184 W. H. Auden Reading from his Poems 1960?
RG 185 Barrault/Renaud French Drama Anthology 1960?
RG 186

ZRG 5186

Renaissance Singers, dir Michael Howard Palestrina – Missa Aeterna/ Music for the Common of the Apostles 1959
RG 187

ZRG 5187

Boston Chamber Artists, cond. by Eric Simon Korngold – Much Ado About Nothing Suite
Marches – Beethoven/Schubert/ Krenek/Berg/Strauss
1959
RG 188
RG 189
RG 190
ZRG 5190
King’s College Choir, Preston, dir Willcocks Festival of Lessons and Carols Oct 1959
RG 191 Robert Graves Reads Selected Poems 1960
RG 192 Robert Donat readings of favourite poems 1959
RG 193 Michael Macliammoir Revolutionary Speeches of Ireland 1959
RG 194
RG 195
RG 196 Louis MacNeice Poems 1961?
RG 197 Heinrich Schnitzler Anthology of German Poetry 1960
RG 198 Lord Boothby Europe Since The War 1960
RG 199 Moira Lister People in Love 1960?

~ by folkcatalogue on March 9, 2010.

5 Responses to “RG series 101 – 199 (1957-60), first stereo recordings (1958-60)”

  1. Many of the Argo Marlow Society Shakespeare recordings are available for download at emusic.com. Paul Scofield plays Hotspur on Henry IV part 1 and he is awesome. A very young Ian McKellen also was a cast member.

    • cheers liz. just about all of them seem to be available on Amazon too, published by two companies – Marathon Media International and Saland Publishing. Click here. Have read complaints about lack of cast lists…

      • These are unauthorized grey market bootlegs sold at exorbitant prices by some reprobate. Some of the transfers are dreadful. You can find almost all of them on buried on youtube for free.

    • I am curious about your reference (6 years ago!) to Argo Marlowe Society recordings being available for download from emusic. I have checked and can’t find anything. I’m urgently seeking one particular recording – of As You Like It RG 125-127. Do you have any other information?

  2. Hi, I have an argo rg 108 Vivaldi four seasons by Zazofsky but I can’t find it mention on the internet anywhere but here.
    Do you have any/ or more information on this record?

    Best regards!

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