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ROSINA BUCKMAN - A Discography
by Charles A. Hooey (see note below)

HMV Plum Label 10-inch 
1. Waiata Poi (Alfred Hill) w. piano
y16595e 19 May 1913, 3981 B4505

PATHÉ, 1914-1915, ,

Title/author
matrix/take Date, s/s, d/s nos, Catalogue nos.

2. The fairy flute (Oliver), c. 1915, 93870, 5168, US 40041

3. Lo here the gentle lark (Bishop) pre-Jan. 1915, 5168, US 40041

4. Happy Summer Song (Kahn), Sept, 1915 cat., 5412

5. Wind in the trees ((Thomas), Sept. 1915 cat., 5412

6. Who is Sylvia? (Schubert), Sept. 1914, 5413

7. Il bacio (Arditi), Sept. 1914, 5413

8. Spring’s awakening (Sanderson) Sept. 1914, 5414

9. The fairy pipers (Brewer), Sept. 1914, 5414

10. Little grey home in the west (Löhr)
c. 1914, 93381, 5415, 5302

11. Merrie England (German): Love is meant to make us glad
c. 1914, 93380, 5415, 5302

12. Comin’ thro’ the rye (Trad), Sept. 1915 cat., 5416, US 40114

13. Killarney (Balfe), Sept. 1915 cat., 5416

14. Jocelyn (Godard): Angels guard thee
c. 1914, 93525, 5 417

15. Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Ave Maria
c. 1914, 93526, 5417

16. Love’s garden of roses (Löhr), c.1915, 93871, 5418, US 40053

17. Tom Jones (German); Waltz Song
c. 1915, 93872, 5418

18. The land of long ago (Ray), Sept. 1914, 5419, US 40114

19. I wonder if love is a dream (Foster)
Sept. 1914, 5419

20. La Bohème (Puccini): They call me Mimi
c. Sept. 1914, 5495

21. La Bohème (Puccini): Musetta’s Waltz Song
c. Sept. 1914, 5495

22. Madama Butterfly (Puccini): One fine day
c. Sept. 1914, 5496

23. Tosca (Puccini): Vissi d’arte
c. Sept. 1914, 5496

COLUMBIA 10-inch, 1914-1916  
24. Happy summer day (Kahn)
28967, rec. pre-July 1914, 2571

25. A birthday (My heart is like a singing bird) (F.H. Cowen)
28968, Issued Sept. 1914 2439

26. The Cuckoo (Liza Lehmann)
28970, rec. pre-July 1914 2439

27. She wandered down the mountain side (Clay)
29025 (or 29095) Issued, Mar. 1915, 2516

28. The Fairy Pipers (Herbert Brewer),
29036, Issued, July 1914 2427

29. The Blackbird (Weatherly)
29037, Issued July 1914, 2427

30. Jocelyn (Godard): Angels guard thee
29038, Issued Mar. 1915, 2516

31. Maritana (Wallace): Of Fairy Power w. Thorpe Bates
29175, Issued Jan. 1915 2495

32. Still as the night (Goetz) with Thorpe Bates
29177, Issued Jan. 1915 2495

33. Joy bird (L. Barnes)
29320, Issued July 1915 2571

34. Les Contes d’Hoffman (Offenbach): Barcarolle with Carrie Herwin
29321, Issued Apr. 1915, 2532

35. In Springtime (Ernest Newton) with Carrie Herwin
29322, Issued Apr. 1915, 2532

36. Waiata Maori (Alfred Hill)
29503/4, Issued Oct. 1915 2591

37. Madam Butterfly (Puccini): One fine day
29545/6, Issued Jan. 1916 2621

38. As I went a-rovin’ (Taylor-Bratz)
29813, Issued, Nov. 1915 2604

39. Fairy laughter (Novello)
29814, rec. pre-Apr. 1915 2604

40. Red Letter Days - St. Valentine (Easthope Martin) with composer at the piano
65528, Issued Sept. 1916, 2696

41. Red Letter Days - 0 Isle of May (Easthope Martin) with composer at the piano
65529, Issued Sept. 1916 2696

COLUMBIA 12-inch 1915-1921, s/s, d/s  
42. La Bohème (Puccini): They call me Mimi
6251-5, Issued Dec. 1917, 566, L-1221
6251-3, Issued April 1922 L-1221

43. Madam Butterfly (Puccini): One fine day
6504-2, Issued Dec. 1917, 566

44. Rigoletto (Verdi): Fairest daughter of the graces (Verdi) with Maurice d’Oisly, Edith Clegg, Frederick Austin
6674-2, Issued Mar. 1916 L-1025

45. Faust (Gounod): Prison Scene with Maurice d’Oisly & Frederick Ranalow
6683-2, Issued Mar. 1916, L-1025

46. La Bohème (Puccini): Lovely maid in the moonlight with Maurice d’Oisly
6927-1, Issued Oct. 1916 L-1076

47. Carmen (Bizet): Act I duet - Micaëla & José with Maurice d’Oisly
6928-2, Issued Mar. 1917 L-1062

48. Madama Butterfly (Puccini): Give me your darling hand with Maurice d’Oisly
6929-1, Issued Oct, 1916 L-1076

49. Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Stay, stay, Turiddu with Maurice d’Oisly
6935-2, Issued Jan. 1920 L-1332

50. La Traviata (Verdi): Far from the busy throng with Maurice d’Oisly
6936-2, Issued Jan. 1921 L-1400

51. Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): O night of Hymen with Maurice d’Oisly
6937-1, Issued Mar. 1917 L-1062

52. Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Mother you know the story
6947-2, Issued Jan. 1920, L-1332

53. Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Liebestod w. orchestra conducted by Ketèlby
6953-3, Rec.1916; issued Dec. 1916, L-1122

54. Tosca (Puccini): No eyes on earth with Maurice d’Oisly
6954-2, Rec. 1916; issued Sept 1917, L-1174
(Reverse side: Tosca; Strange Harmony sung by Maurice d’Oisly - 6991-2)

55. Tosca (Puccini): Love and music
6980-2, Rec.1916; issued May 1917, L-1166
(Reverse: Tosca: When the stars were shining sung by Maurice d’Oisly-6991-2)

56. Aida (Verdi): Return victorious with orchestra conducted by Ketelby
6981-2, Rec. 1916; issued Dec. 1916, L-1122

57: L’Amico Fritz (Mascagni): Cherry Duet with Maurice d’Oisly
6982-4, Issued Jan. 1921 L-1400

HMV s/s, d/s
58. The Boatswain’s Mate (Smyth): (a) A friend and I were on the pier (FR solo); (b) When the sun is setting, with Frederick Ranalow aand Courtice Pounds
Ho2191af, 2 October 1916, 04183, D447

59. The Boatswain’s Mate (Smyth): The first thing to do is to get rid of the body, with Frederick Ranalow, Courtice Pounds
Ho2192af, 2 October 1916, 04184, D447

60. The Boatswain’s Mate (Smyth): (a) Oh dear, if I had known, with Frederick Ranalow
Ho2194af, 2 October 1916, 04185, D448

61. The Boatswain’s Mate (Smyth): (a) Contrariness; (b) If I were young again
Ho2195af, 2 October 1916, 03527, D448

62. Roméo et Juliette (Gounod): O shrine of beauty with Walter Hyde; cond. Percy Pitt
Ho2288af, 1 November 1916, 04195, D118

63. La Traviata (Verdi): Far from gay Paris with Walter Hyde; cond. Pitt
Ho2290af, 1 November 1916, 04187, D118

64. Il Trovatore (Verdi): The night, calm and serene (possibly sung in Italian)
Ho2701af, 19 June 1917, 03591, D99

65. For ever with the Lord (Gounod)
Ho2702af, 19 June 1917, 03640, D97

66. Waiata Poi (Alfred Hill) w. orchestra conducted by Percy Pitt
Ho3635af, 19 June 1917, 2-3308, E182

67. Maritana ((Wallace): Oh Maritana with Walter Hyde; cond. Pitt
Ho3005af, 11 December 1917, 04217, D119

68. It was a dream (Cowen)
Ho3007af, 11 December 1917, 03610, D97

69. O lovely night (Landon Ronald) with Walter Hyde; piano Pitt
Ho3009af, 11 December 1917, 04249, D119

70. Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Voi lo sapete
Ho3448af, 12 September 1918, unpublished

71. La Bohème (Puccini): They call me Mimi
Ho3450af, 12 September 1918, 03632, D99

72. Carmen (Bizet): Micaëla’s aria
Ho3453af, 12 September 1918, 03633, D98

73. Monsieur Beaucaire (Messager): Say no more with Fraser Gange
Ho3744af, 24 May 1919, 04255, D460

74. Monsieur Beaucaire (Messager): Philomel
Ho3746af, 24 May 1919, 03654, D460

75. Monsieur Beaucaire (Messager): Lightly, lightly with Fraser Gange
Ho4916ae, 24 May 1919, 3-4049, E182

76. Stabat Mater (Rossini): When thou comest (Inflammatus) with chorus
Ho4313af -1, 23 March 1920, 03717, D467

77. Pleading (Elgar)
Ho4314af-2, 23 March 1920, 03718, D467,

78. Hear my prayer... Oh for the wings of a dove (Mendelssohn) with chorus
Ho4566af -1, 19 October 1920, 03745, D518

79. Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Shine, O thou glorious sun upon me (Ballatella)
Ho4567af -1, 19 October 1920, 03746, D518

80. Aida (Verdi): Act 2, scene 1 (Part I) Duet Aida/Amneris with Edna Thornton
Cc85, 21 April 1921, unpublished

81. Aida (Verdi): Act 2, scene 1 (Part II) Duet Aida/Amneris with Edna Thornton
Cc86, 21 April 1921, unpublished

82. Stabat Mater (Rossini): Quis est Homo with Edna Thornton; cond. G. W. Byng
Cc90-1-2, 25 April 1921, 04312, D612
Cc90-3, 14 December 1921 04312, D612

83. Maritana (Wallace): Sainted Mother with Edna Thornton; cond. Byng
Cc92, 25 April 1921, 04311, D612

84. Faust (Gounod): The King of Thule; cond. Byng
Cc92, 25 April 1921, 03757, D553

85. Aida (Verdi): My native land; cond. Percy Pitt
Cc113-1, 2 May 1921, 03758, D553

86. Aida (Verdi): Return victorious; cond. Pitt
Cc693, 21 November 1921, unpublished

87. Lohengrin (Wagner): Elsa’s dream; cond. Pitt
Cc694, 21 November 1921, unpublished

88. Tannhäuser (Wagner): Elisabeth’s Greeting; cond. Pitt
Cc695, 21 November 1921, unpublished

89. The Tales of ’Hoffmann (Offenbach): Thou art flown; cond. Pitt
Cc821-2, 21 December 1921, 03772, D599

90. On wings of song, Op 34, No 2 (Mendelssohn); cond. Pitt
Cc822-1, 21 December 1921, 03771, D599

91. On wings of song, Op 34, No 2 (Mendelssohn); cond. Pitt
Cc 822-2, 21 December 1921, unpublished

92. Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Liebestod; cond. Pitt
Cc823, 21 December 1921, unpublished

93. Fairy laughter (Novello) with Mme. Adami, piano
Bb1080-2, 9 March 1922, 2-3645, E257

94. Now is the month of Maying (Lidgey) with Mme. Adami, piano
Bb1081-1, 9 March 1922, 2-3545, E257

95. Songs my mother taught me (Dvořák) with Mme. Adami, piano
Bb1082, 9 March 1922, unpublished

96. Lament (S. Coleridge Taylor) with Mme. Adami, piano
Bb1083, 9 March 1922, unpublished

97. As You Like it (German): It was a lover and his lass with Mrs. Baker, piano
Bb1123, 17 March 1922, unpublished

98. Fairy lullaby (Quilter) with Mrs. Baker, piano
Bb1124, 17 March 1922, 2-3658, E259

99. Boat song (C.V. Stanford) with Mrs. Baker, piano
Bb1125, 17 March 1922, 2-3659

100. Cuttin’ rushes (C.V. Stanford) with Mrs. Baker, piano
Bb1126, 17 March 1922, 2-3660, E259

101. Madama Butterfly (Puccini): One fine day, cond. Eugène Goossens
Bb1166, 28 March 1922, unpublished

102. La Bohème (Puccini); Lovely maid in the moonlight with Maurice d’Oisly; cond. Eugène Goossens
Cc1194, 5 April 1922, unpublished

103. Madama Butterfly (Puccini); Give me your darling hand with Maurice d’Oisly; cond. Eugène Goossens
Cc1195, 5 April 1922, unpublished

104. Waiata Poi (Alfred Hill) with Mme. Adami, piano
Cc3291-1, 17 February 1923, 03810, D738

105. Ave Maria (Percy Kahn) in Latin w. Marjorie Hayward (vln) and Kahn, piano
Cc3292-3, 17 February 1923, 03809, D738

106. At the well (Hageman) with Mme. Adami, piano
Bb3293-3, 17 July 1923, 2-3893, D352

107. Messiah (Handel): Rejoice greatly, cond. Eugène Goossens
Cc3533, 28 September 1923, unpublished

Madam Butterfly (Puccini) (sung in English) with Rosina Buckman (Butterfly), Tudor Davies (Pinkerton), Frederick Ranalow (Sharpless); Nellie Walker/Gladys Peel (Suzuki), Sydney Coltham (Goro), Edward Halland (Bonze/Yamadori), Bessie Jones (Kate Pinkerton. Chorus: Gladys Peel, Edna Thornton, Ruby Heyl, Walter Glynne, Sydney Coltham, Leonard Hubbard and Bessie Jones with the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, cond. Eugène Goossens.

108. What a sky! What a sea! - Butterfly arrives w. TD, SC, FR & Ch.
Cc4436-2, 4 April 1924, 2-04521, D894

109. What might your age be? w. TD, SC, FR & Ch.
Cc4437-2, 4 April 1924, 2-04522, D895

110. I should like to be (Marriage of Butterfly) w. TD, SC & EH
Cc4439-1, 4 April 1924, 2-04523, D895

111. Dear Madam Butterfly (The Bonze curses Butterfly) w. TD, SC, EH, FR & Ch.
Cc4438-2, 4 April 1924, 2-04524, D896

112. Dearest, weep no more (Pinkerton reassures Butterfly) w. TD, NW & Ch.
Cc4485-1, 16 April 1924, 2-04525, D896

113. Child from those eyes (Love duet - Part 1) w. TD
Cc4440-2, 4 April 1924, 04357, D897

114. They say that in your country (Love duet - Part 2) w. TD
Cc4441-2, 4 April 1924, 04358, D897

115. And Izaghi and Izanami w. NW
Cc4358-1, 14 April 1924, 04359, D898

116. One fine day w. NW
Cc4363-4, 16 March 1924, 04360, D898

117. Come, she’s here (Letter from Pinkerton) w. SC & FR
Cc4359-2, 14 March 1924, 04361, D899

118. We were saying (Yamadori presses his suit on Butterfly) w. SC, EH & FR
Cc4362-2, 14 March 1924, 04362, D899

119. You hear me (Sharpless tries to read the letter) w. SC, EH & FR
Cc4361-2, 14 March 1924, 04363, D900

120. How can I tell her? (Sharpless urges her to accept Yamadori) w. FR
Cc4360-2, 14 March 1924, 04364, D900

121. Look here then (Butterfly shows Sharpless ‘Trouble’) w. FR
Cc4401-2, 21 March 1924, 04365, D901

122. Sharpless leaves, his news untold w. NW, SC & FR
Cc4402-2, 21 March 1924, 04366, D901

123. Look! ‘Tis a man-of-war (Butterfly rejoices) w. NW
Cc4403-2, 21 March 1924, 04367, D902

124. The Flower duet w. NW
Cc4405-2, 21 March 1924, 04368, D902

125. Bring me now my wedding garment
Cc 4486-2, 16 April 1924, 03835, D903

126. Tis daylight w. NW
Cc4488-2, 16 April 1924, 04369, D904

127. Who is it? (Sharpless arrives with Pinkerton) w. NW, TD & FR
Cc4336-2, 10 March 1924, 04370, D904

128. Is it not as I told you? (Sharpless recalls his warnings) w. BJ, NW, TD & FR
Cc4484-2, 16 April 1924, 2-04526, D905

129. He’s here! (Butterfly learns the truth from Kate Pinkerton) w. BJ & NW
Cc4406-2, 21 March 1924, 04371, D905

130. Forgive me? (Kate pleads with Butterfly) w. BJ, GP & FR
Cc4404-6, 23 June 1924, 04372, D906

131. Death of Butterfly w. TD
Cc4487-2, 16 April 1924, 04373, D906

132. Tristan und Isolde (Wagner): Liebestod
Cc4760/1, 23 June 1924, unpublished

133. La Bohème (Puccini): Quando m’en vo
Bb4762-2, 23 June 1924, 7-53076, E352

COLUMBIA 
134. She wandered down the mountain side (Clay)
WA8496-1&2, 31 January1929, unpublished

135. Jocelyn (Godard): Angels guard thee
WA8964-1&2, 6 May 1929, unpublished

136. The Fairy Pipers (Brewer)
WA8965-1&2, 6 May 1929, unpublished

137. The Blackbird (Weatherley)
WA8966-1&2, 6 May 1929, unpublished


REISSUES ON LP
1. Rubini GV5: Walter Hyde: 67

2. HMV RLS 743: The Record of Singing (Volume II): 77

3. Claremont SY2 501: Madam Butterfly : Complete opera: 108 - 131

REISSUES ON CD
1. Madam Butterfly SLD - 96/97 National Library of New Zealand in association with Kiwi Pacific Records

Note
This discography, together with that of Maurice d'Oisly, was originally prepared by George Woolford to accompany my article ‘Sing to me, Maurice Dear’ that appeared in For The Record, No 4, Winter 2002/3. They are presented here in a revised form. William Main’s discography for Rosina Buckman in The Record Collector Vol. 47, No 1 March 2002 was also consulted. This story is worth finding as it is a good read. I extend my sincere thanks to him, his researchers and to George Woolford. Reference was made as well to ‘British Odeons’ by Michael Langridge, published by The City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society in August 2006 and ‘The Gramophone Company Ltd.’ by Michael Smith, also published by the City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society in March 2004.

Anyone undertaking to develop a discography soon discovers how difficult a task this is. At the end of his version of the discographies, George Woolford explained a few of the problems so this useful backgrounder follows:

Matrix numbers do not always run consecutively due to ‘takes’ made days or even weeks after the original session.

HMV often had to re-record items, due to volume levels and ‘wear test’ which all recordings were subjected to. Thus a current session matrix number would have a higher ‘take’ number added.

So the Butterfly session recorded on the 10th, 14th and 21st of March 1924, are appraised and a further remake session takes place on the 4th and 16th of April 1924. Those listed with ‘-2’ or above would be likely to be the 4th April. Cc4404-6 on D-906 would be likely to have been made again on the 16th, obviously a problem!

Columbia conceals their matrix information and the recording ledgers that we discographers would like to inspect have been lost.

Pathé, the face numbers, i.e. 93870, have an additional mastered number written beneath the Trade Mark. This changes when the disc is re-recorded from the master cylinder. Luckily for us after 1914 the abbreviated date is also given for the year the re-mastering was made.

Catalogues also confirm existence of titles which must have been recorded before the catalogue was produced. Unfortunately, many recordings had a very short life, and since Pathé also suffered a factory fire in 1915, some of the masters may have been lost.  

 


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