ZRG 700-799 (1972-76)

True to Argo’s initial promise, a feast of British composers and musicians among the ZRG 700s, including a series devoted to composers from Wales (a collaboration with the Music Department of University College, Cardiff).

Apart from its continuing work with the British Council, the label picks up the reins of the ‘Music for Today’ series of contemporary music sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, re-releasing recordings made by the Foundation with EMI in the mid-sixties and producing several new ones.

Contemporary music on the label got contemporary covers – abstract art for the Gulbenkian releases and some nice (then still very modern) typography by people like 50’s graphic design mould-breaker George Daulby.

ZRG 700 Martin Jones (piano) Shostakovich – Piano Sonata No 1, 24 preludes Never issued
ZRG 701 a) b) BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Colin Davis b) with Yfrah Neaman (violin). Rec. in assoc. with British Council and Arts Council Gerhard – a) Symphony No 4 b) Violin Concerto Feb 1972
ZRG 702 a) New Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Frederick Prausnitz. b) Barry Tuckwell & Anthony Chidell (horns) London Sinfonietta, dir. Frederick Prausnitz. Sponsored by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation a) Roger Sessions – Rhapsody, Symphony No 8
b) Thea Musgrave – Night Music, Wallingford Riegger – Dichotomy Op 12
May 1973
ZRG 703 a) Felicity Palmer (soprano) BBC Symphony Orchestra cond. Pierre Boulez b) Robert Tear (tenor), London Sinfonietta dir. David Atherton a) Olivier Messiaen – Poemes pour Mi
b) Michael Tippett – Songs for Dov
May 1973
ZRG 704 Thea Musgrave, Richard Rodney Bennett, Malcolm Williamson. Rec. in assoc. with British Council ‘Composers at the piano’ – Thea Musgrave – Monologue, Excursions
Richard Rodney Bennett – Capriccio, Five Studies
Malcolm Williamson – Sonata for Two Pianos, Piano Sonata No 2
Sep 1972
ZRG 705 Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, dir. Neville Marriner Mozart – Divertimento No 17 in D, Serenade No 8 in D Dec 1972
ZRG 706 Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, dir. Neville Marriner Mozart – Symphony No 25 in G minor. Symphony No 29 in A Apr 1972
ZRG 707 Robert Tear (tenor) Philip Ledger (piano) Tchaikovsky – Nineteen songs Sep 1972
ZRG 708 Benjamin Luxon (baritone) David Willison (piano) Mussorgsky – Songs and dances of death, Sunless, Little Star, Classic, The Flea Oct 1972
ZRG 709 Purcell Consort of Voices dir. Grayston Burgess Vecchi – unidentified titles never issued
ZRG 710 Schutz Choir, Philip Jones Wind Ensemble, dir Roger Norrington Bruckner – Mass No 2 in E minor Oct 1973
ZRG 711 Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields dir Neville Marriner William Walton – Sonata for Strings
Prokofiev – (arr Barshai) Visions Fugitives
Sep 1973
ZRG 712 a) The Fires of London dir. Peter Maxwell Davies b) New Philharmonia Orchestra dir Charles Groves. Spons. by Gulbenkian Foundation Peter Maxwell-Davies – a) Points and Dances b) Second Fantasia on John Taverner’s In Nomine May 1973
ZRG 713 Martin Jones (piano) Rec in assoc with Music Department, Univ College, Cardiff Szymanowski – Fantasy Op 14, Metopes Op 29, Etudes Op 4, Masques Op 34 Mar 1973
ZRG 714 Allegri String Quartet – Hugh Maguire (violin) David Roth (violin) Patrick Ireland (viola) Bruno Schrecker (cello). Rec. in assoc. with British Council Frank Bridge – String Quartets Nos 3 & 4 Mar 1973
ZRG 715 Yfrah Neaman (violin) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Norman del Mar Don Banks – Concerto for violin and orchestra
Peter Racine Fricker – Concerto for violin and orchestra Opus 11
Nov 1974
ZRG 716 Felicity Palmer (soprano), Schutz Choir dir. Roger Norrington, Gillian Weir (organ) Mendelssohn – Motets Nov 1972
ZRG 717 Philip Jones Brass Ensemble ‘Golden Brass’ 
Scheidt – Battle Suite
Locke – Music for His Majesty’s Sackbuts and Cornetts
16th Century English Dances, 16th Century Italian Music
Nov 1974
ZRG 718 Robert Tear (tenor) Philip Ledger (piano) Schumann – Liederkreis Op 24, Liederkreis Op 39 Sep 1973
ZRG 719 Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields dir Neville Marriner Prokofiev – Symphony No 1
Bizet – Symphony in C
Dec 1973
ZRG 720 Christ Church Cathedral Choir, dir Simon Preston with a) London Sinfonietta Stravinsky – Mass,
Poulenc – Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel, Quatre Motets pour un temps de Penitence
Dec 1973
ZRG 721 John Ogdon (piano) Brenda Lucas (piano) Liszt _ Concerto Pathetique
Schumann – Andante and Variations in B flat, Six Canons
Jan 1973
ZRG 722 Magdalen College Choir dir. Bernard Rose, Jeremy Suter (organ) Music at Magdalen Vol 2 Feb 1973
ZRG 723 Ileana Cotrubas (soprano), unidentified (piano) Bellini – unidentified songs
Donizetti – unidentified songs
Never issued
ZRG 724 St John’s College Choir dir. George Guest a) English Chamber Orchestra, James Bowman (counter-tenor) Charles Brett (counter-tenor) Forbes Robinson (bass), Stephen Celobury (organ) b) Symphoniae Sacrae, Stephen Cleobury (organ) Jane Ryan (viol) dir. George Guest a) Purcell – Te Deum & Jubilate b) Funeral Music Nov 1972
ZRG 725 Christ Church Cathedral Choir, dir. Simon Preston, Stephen Darlington (organ) William Walton – Choral works Nov 1972
ZRG 726 a) Gervase de Peyer (clarinet) London Symphony Orchestra cond. Norman del Mar. b) c) Barry Tuckwell (horn) New Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Norman del Mar. Rec in assoc with by British Council a) Thea Musgrave – Clarinet Concerto
b) Humphrey Searle – Aubade
c) Don Banks – Horn Concerto
Aug 1975
ZRG 727 George Isaac (cello) Martin Jones (piano) Delius – Cello Sonata. Three Preludes for piano. Five Piano Pieces
Prokofiev – Cello Sonata Op 119
Jan 1973
ZRG 728 Early Music Consort of London, dir. David Munrow "’The Triumphs of Maximilian I’ Sep 1973
ZRG 729 Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, dir. Neville Marriner, with a) Alan Loveday (violin) b) Iona Brown & Carmel Kaine (viiolins) Mozart – a) Violin Concerto No 3 b) Concertone in C Jan 1973
ZRG 730
Robert Tear (tenor) Philip Ledger (piano) Rachmaninov – Seventeen Songs Oct 1974
ZRG 731 Philip Jones Brass Ensemble – titles marked * conducted by Elgar Howarth ‘Classics for Brass’
Grieg – Funeral March
Strauss – Fanfare der Stadt Wien*
Schuller – Symphony for brass and percussion*
Dukas – La Peri fanfare*
Jolivet – Fanfares Narcisse
Poulenc – Sonata for brass
Bozza – Sonatine
Jun 1973
ZRG 732 Robert Tear (tenor) a) Neil Black (oboe) b-e) Philip Ledger (piano) Vaughan Williams – a) Ten Blake Songs b) Songs of Travel c) Linden Lea d) Orpheus with his lute e) The Water Mill Feb 1973
ZRG 733-4 Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields dir. Neville Marriner Vivaldi – Twelve Concertos (‘L’Estro Armonico’) Apr 1973
ZRG 735 Christ Church Cathedral Choir, cond. Simon Preston Lassus – Bell’ Amfitrit’ altera, Psalmus Poenitentialis VII Jul 1974
ZRG 737 Robert Tear (tenor) Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields dir Neville Marriner Mahler – Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Britten – Nocturne
Feb 1974
ZRG 738 Purcell Consort of Voices, dir. Grayston Burgess ‘Elizabethan on Stage’ never issued
ZRG 739 Felicity Palmer (soprano) Helen Watts (contralto) Robert Tear (tenor) Christopher Keyte (bass) St John’s College Choir, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, dir. George Guest Beethoven – Mass in C May 1974
ZRG 740 King’s College Choir, dir. David Willcocks Tye – Mass ‘Euge Bone’, Mass ‘Western Wind’ Oct 1973
ZRG 741 Martin Jones (piano) Rec in assoc with Music Department, Univ College, Cardiff Busoni – Seven Elegies, Ballet Scene No 4 Dec 1973
ZRG 742 Gillian Weir (organ), recorded at Leonhardkirche, Basel, Switzerland Clerambault – Livre d’orgue, Suites du premier et deuxieme ton 1974
ZRG 743 Cardiff Festival Ensemble, a) b) James Barton (violin) a) George Isaac (cello) Martin Jones (piano) Rec in assoc with Music Department, Univ College, Cardiff Rawsthorne – a) Piano Trio b) concertante No 2 c) Theme and Four Studies d) Sonatina e) Four Romantic Pieces May 1973
ZRG 744 Gillian Weir (organ) recorded at Leonhardkirche, Basel, Switzerland Roberday – Fugues and Caperices for Organ 1974
ZRG 745 Richard Elfyn Jones (organ) Rec in assoc with Music Department, Univ College, Cardiff John Stanley – Eight Organ Voluntaries Feb 1974
ZRG 746 David Munrow (recorder, flageolet) Oliver Brookes (bass viol, cello) Robert Spencer (theorbo, guitar) Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord ‘The Amorous Flute’ – Handel, Pepusch, Purcell & others Oct 1974
ZRG 747 a) Philip Jones Brass Ensemble b) Jane Manning (soprano) Nash Ensemble, dir. Justin Connolly, c) Vesuvius Ensemble, d) John Alldis Choir. Rec in assoc with British Council Justin Connolly – a) Cinquepaces Op 5 b) Poems of Wallace Stevens c) Triad III Op 8 d) Verse for eight solo voices Dec 1973
ZRG 748 a) Orion Piano Trio – Peter Thomas, Sharon McKinley, Ian Brown b) Allegri String Quartet – Hugh Maguire (violin) David Roth (violin) Patrick Ireland (viola) Bruno Schrecker (cello) Rec in assoc with British Council Alexander Goehr – a) Piano Trio Op 20 b) String Quartet No 2 Oct 1973
ZRG 749 Music Group of London: a) Hugh Bean (violin) David Parkhouse (piano) b) Jack Brymer (clarinet) Alan Civil (horn) Hugh Bean & Francis Routh (violins) Christopher Wellington (viola) Eileen Croxford (cello) c) Hugh Bean (violin) Eileen Croxford (cello) David Parkhouse (piano) d) Alan Bush (piano). Rec in assoc with British Council Lennox Berkeley – a) Sonatina for violin and piano b) Sextet Op 47 
Alan Bush – c) Three Concert Studies for Piano Trio d) Piano solos
Oct 1974
ZRG 750 a) Dartington String Quartet: Colin Sauer, Malcolm Latchem, Keith Lovell, Michael Evans, b) April Cantelo (soprano) Paul Hamburger (piano), spons. Rec in assoc with British Council Hugh Wood – a) String Quartet Nos 1 & 2 b) The Horses Op 10, The Rider Victory Op 11 Sep 1974
ZRG 751
(ZK 36 1978)
Ralph Holmes (violin) Bartok – Solo violin sonata
Porokofiev – Solo violin sonata
Reger – Chaconne
1974
(not released as ZRG)
ZRG 752

re-rel of HMV ASD613

BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond Antal Dorati EMI recording under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Gerhard – Dances from Don Quixote, Symphony No 1
ZRG 753
re-rel of HMV ASD2289
a) Melos Ensemble b) Robert Masters (violin) Derek Simpson (cello) Marcel Gazelle (piano) c) Dartington String Quartet – Colin Sauer (violin) Peter Carter (violin) Keith Lovell (viola) Michael Evans (cello) EMI recording under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Skalkottas – a) Octet b) Eight Variations on a Greek folk tune c) String Quartet No 3 1974
ZRG 754

re-rel HMV ASD612

Marilyn Tyler (soprano) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Norman del Mar1974. EMI recording under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Schoenberg – Suite for String Orchestra
Lutyens – O Saisons, O Chateaux
Britten – Prelude and Fugue
1974
ZRG 755

re-rel
HMV ASD2390

BBC Symphony Orchestra cond Gary Bertini. EMI recording under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Kurt Weill – Symphonies Nos 1 and 2 1974
ZRG 756

re-rel HMV ASD639

a) c) BBC Symphony Orchestra cond Antal Dorati b) Josephine Nendick (soprano) Barry McDaniel (tenor) Louis Devos (bass) BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus cond Pierre Boulez. EMI recording under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation a) Messiaen – Chronochromie
b) Boulez – Soleil des Eaux
c) Koechlin – Les Bandar-Log
1976
ZRG 757

re-rel HMV ASD2388

a) Heather Harper (soprano) b) New Philharmonia Orchestra cond Frederik Prausnitz c) Barry McDaniel (baritone) a) c) d) English Chamber Orchestra cond Frederik Prausnitz e) Henry Datyner (violin) Charles Tunnell (cello) Colin Bradbury (clarinet) David Mason (trumpet) Michael Jefferies (harp) Katharina Wolpe (piano). EMI recording under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Dallapiccola – a) Sex Carmina Alcaei b) Piccola Musica Notturna c) Preghiere 
Busoni – d) Berceuse elegiaque Wolpe – e) Piece in two parts for six players
1976
ZRG 758

re-rel HMV ASD 640

a) Geoffrey Shaw (baritone) John Alldis Choir b) Mary Thomas (soprano) Rosemary Phillips (contralto) b-c) Melos Ensemble cond John Carewe d) Pauline Stevens (contralto) John Alldis Choir. EMI recording under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation a) Goehr – Two Choruses
b) Maxwell Davies – Leopardi Fragments
c) Richard Rodney Bennett – Calendar
d) Malcolm Williamson – Symphony for Voices
1975
ZRG 759

re-rel HMV
ASD2333

a) Manoug Parikian (violin) Melos Ensemble cond Edward Downes b) Susan McGaw c) Melos Ensemble cond Lawrence Foster. EMI recording under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation a) Gordon Crosse – Concerto da Camera b) Hugh Wood – Three Piano Pieces
c) Harrison Birtwistle – Tragoedia
1976
ZRG 760 St John’s College Choir, dir. George Guest Liszt – Missa Choralis
Bruckner – Five motets
Sep 1973
ZRG 761 a) Martin Jones (piano), b) James Barton (violin) c) Cardiff Ensemble – James Barton (violin) Stephen Broadbent (viola) George Isaac (cello) Hoddinott – a) Piano Sonata No 6, b) Violin Sonata No 3
c) McCabe – String Trio Op 37
Mar 1974
ZRG 762 George Isaac (cello) Martin Jones (piano) Hindemith – Cello Sonata
Kodaly – Cello Sonata
Mar 1975
ZRG 763 Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields dir. Neville Marriner Schoenberg – Verklarte Nacht
Webern – Funf Satze
Hindemith – Funf Stucke
Feb 1974
ZRG 764

(see ZK65)

Gillian Weir (organ) Bruhns – Three Preludes, Nun komm der Heiden Heiland
Scheidt – Passamezzo
1975 (no release as ZRG)
ZRG 765 The Martin Best Consort The Warwickshire Lad 1974
ZRG 766 a) b) Philip Ledger (tenor) b) Caroline Friend (soprano) King’s College Choir, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields dir David Willcocks Handel – Chandos Anthems a) No 2 b) No 5 Feb 1975
ZRG 767 King’s College Choir, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields dir David Willcocks. Charles Brett (counter-tenor) Philip Langridge (tenor) James Lancelot (organ continuo) Kenneth Heath (cello continuo) John Blow – Coronation Anthems. Symphony Anthems Apr 1975
ZRG 768 Schutz Choir of London dir Roger Norrington Domenico Scarlatti – Stabat Mater
Alessandro Scarlatti – O Magnum Mysterium/Domine, refugium factus es nobis
July 1974
ZRG 769 Janet Price (soprano) Kenneth Bowen (tenor) Elinor Bennett (harp) Anthony Saunders (piano) Rec in assoc Welsh Arts Council “Welsh Songs” – songs by M. Owen, M. Thomas, D. Wynne, D. Vaughan Thomas, M. Williams, D. Elwyn-Edwards May 1975
ZRG 770 a) Clarence Myerscough (violin) Martin Jones (piano) b) Nash Ensemble, Anthony Camden (oboe) Anthony Pay (clarinet) Brian Wightman (bassoon) John Pigneguy (horn) c) Nash Ensemble, Anthony Pay (clarinet) Brian Wightman (bassoon) John Pigneguy (horn) Hoddinott – a) Violin Sonata No 1 Op 63 b) Divertimento Op 32 c) Septet Op 10 Jun 1975
ZRG 771 a) William Bennett (flute) Anthony Camden (oboe) Martin Jones (piano) b) Gabrieli Quartet – Kenneth Sillito (violin) Brendan O’Reilly (violin) Ian Jewel (viola) Keith Harvey (cello) c) Levon Chilingirian (violin) Clifford Benson (piano) d) Nash Ensemble with William Bennett (flute) Anthony Camden (oboe). Rec in assoc with Welsh Arts Council William Mathias – a) Divertimento for flute, oboe and piano b) String Quartet Op 38 c) Violin Sonata Op 15 d)Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon Jun 1976
ZRG 772 Gabrieli String Quartet – Kenneth Sillito (violin) Brendan O’Reilly (violin) Ian Jewel (viola) Keith Harvey (cello) Tristan Fry (kettledrum). Rec in assoc with Welsh Arts Council Daniel Jones – String Quartet, String Trio, Sonata for three unaccompanied kettledrums  Jun 1976
ZRG 773 -775 Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields dir Neville Marriner Corelli – Twelve Concerti Grossi Op 6 Sep 1974
ZRG 776
-778
Alban singers, Peter Hurford (organ) Bach – Chorale Preludes Oct 1974
ZRG 780 Colin Tilney (harpsichord). Licensed from Riverside Recordings “German Harpsichord Music 1685-1730” – Bach, Bohm, Pachelbel, J.C.F. Fischer Feb 1975
ZRG 781 Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Simon Preston (organ) Dvorak – Mass in D Op 86 Nov 1974
ZRG 782 St John’s College Choir (soloists incl Robert King, Simon Keenlyside) dir George Guest, Stephen Cleobury (organ) “Christmas at St John’s” Dec 1974
ZRG 783 Peter Hurford (organ) Bach – Organ Concerto No 6
Buxtehude, Cabezon, Carvalho, Dandrieu Heron, Pescetti, Ritter, Sweelinck,
Feb 1975
ZRG 784 Peter Planyavsky (organ). Played on organ of Melk Monastery, Austria Liszt – Organ Works Sep 1976
ZRG 785 Choir of the School of St Mary and St Anne, Abbots Bromley, Barry Draycott (organ), cond Llywela Harris “Choral Works – Day by Day” 1975
ZRG 786 Rhonda Gillespie (piano). Licensed from the artist Arthur Bliss – Piano Sonata
Constant Lambert – Piano Sonata, Elegaic Blues
Feb 1975
ZRG 787
(re-release of ZRG 5363)
a) Stephen Cleobury (organ) b) Robert King (treble) Christopher Keyte (bass) Stephen Cleobury (organ) St John’s College Choir dir George Guest Durufle – a) Prelude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain, b) Requiem Op 9
May 1975
ZRG 788 Meriel Dickinson (mezzo-soprano) Peter Dickinson (piano) Gordon Crosse – The New World
Lennox Berkeley – Eight Songs
Peter Dickinson – Extravaganzas
Aug 1975
ZRG 789 Simon Morris (treble) Lester Gray (treble) Timothy Rowe (baritone) Choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, John Porter (organ) cond Dr Sidney Campbell “Five Centuries at St George’s” – titles by Baintois, Batten, Britten, Byrd, Campbell, Farrant, Gibbons, Greene, Harris, Marbeck, Mundy, Walker, Vaughan Williams Apr 1975
ZRG 790 a) BBC Symphony Orchestra dir Pierre Boulez b) Electronic tape realised by Peter Zinovieff. Rec under auspices of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Harrison Birtwistle – a) The Triumph of Time b) Chronometer June 1975
ZRG 791 a) Sybil Michelow (contralto) London Sinfonietta cond Gary Bertini b) c) BBC Singers cond John Poole d) Alexander Young (tenor) John Noble (baritone) BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra dir Colin Davis. Rec under auspices of
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
. Licensed from BBC in 1975
Dallapiccola – a) Sicut Umbra b) Tempus destruendi, tempus aedificandi
Christopher Shaw – c) A Lesson from Ecclesiastes. Music, when soft voices die. To the Bandusian Spring
d) Peter and the Lame Man
Aug 1975
ZRG 792 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra cond Neville Marriner Janacek – Suite for Strings
R. Strauss – Capriccio
Suk – Serenade in E Flat
Mar 1975
ZRG 793 Musica Reservata cond Andrew Parrott “Renaissance Vocal Music” – Josquin des Prez – Seventeen chansons
Susato, Anon
ZRG 794 Cardiff Festival Ensemble – James Barton (violin) Stephen Broadbent (viola) George Isaac (cello) Martin Jones (piano). Rec in assoc with Music Dept, Univ College, Cardiff  a) Aaron Copland – Piano Quartet
b) Charles Ives – Piano Trio
Aug 1975
ZRG 795 Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Simon Preston (organ) Roland de Lassus – Four Motets, Two Antiphons July 1976
ZRG 799 Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Philip Jones Ensemble cond Simon Preston b) with Richard Morton (tenor) Marcus Creed (baritone) Stravinsky – a) Symphony of Psalms b) Canticum Sacrum Oct 1975

~ by folkcatalogue on September 24, 2010.

2 Responses to “ZRG 700-799 (1972-76)”

  1. ZRG 785 Choir of the School of St Mary and St Anne, Abbots Bromley, Barry Draycott (organ), cond Llywela Harris “Choral Works – Day by Day” 1975

    I have lost my original copy of this record. Does this record exist in CD format now ? Is it possible to buy it somewhere in CD format ?

    I would be grateful for a reply to this message.
    Many thanks,

    Kumkum Mukhi

    Email : kumkum.mukhi@gmail.com

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