Wedgwood Blue: intermezzo                                                              Back to list of works index

 

This intermezzo was published in 1920, but had relatively few recordings before the composer himself played the piano in the 1930 recording (a piano part which has never been published).  It has however remained popular, perhaps gaining a boost when Andrew Lamb praised its “lightness of touch” in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians in 1980.  Although this piece is a typically four-square intermezzo (like In a Monastery Garden, In the Moonlight and Gallantry), the regularity is made more piquant by delaying the entry of the countermelody for a whole bar at the beginning of each statement of the main melody

 

Wedgwood Blue - orchestral

 

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Pathé Concert O

Pathé 1859

?

10” 78

[June 25]

     Re-issue

- Actuelle 10821

 

10” 78

[Aug 25]

Grosvenor O

Aco G 15805

C 7256

10” 78

[Nov 25]               

Dec 25 p.338

     Re-issue - Sutherland O

- Beltona 864        

 

10” 78

Dec 25 p.342

     ?Re-issue – Celeste O

- Guardsman 1811

G 1499

10” 78

[?1925]

 

 

Ketèlbey (piano), Concert O

Columbia DX 27

WAX 5421

12” 78

[Apr 30] rec.Feb 30

May 30 p.564

BL, PD, (TM CAS)

     Re-issue

- Columbia Cinema Service YBX 20

WAXD 39

12” 33

[Mar 31]

     Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

1992

BL, PD,  TM

     Re-issue

- Evergreen Melodies C 62

CD

[1999]

PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110848

CD

2002

BL, NX, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Guild GLCD 5178

CD

[2011]

LMS Aut 11 p44

PD

Harold Sandler and his O  

Sterno 545

?

10” 78

[Dec 30]

Broadway Cinema O

Broadcast 770

?

9” 78

[1931?]

     Re-issue

- VLMS SP 115

CAS

TM

London Palladium O, Crean               

HMV C 2309

2B 2005-2

12” 78

[Mar 32]               

Mar 32 p.433

BL

     Re-issue

- Electrola EH 768

2B 2005-II

12” 78

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Victor 36247

 

 

 

 

WC

Louis Voss Grand O

Bosworth BC 1035

CP 418

10” 78

[1938]

June 38 p.25

     Re-issue - Hillingdon O

- Decca F 7316

CP 418

10” 78

 

Jan 40 p.298

BL

     Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 218

CD

2001

TM

     Re-issue

- Guild Light Music GLCD 5115

CD

July 05

BL, TM

Sydney Thompson’s Olde Tyme O, “Moonlight Saunter”

Parlophone R 3222

CE 12654-1

10” 78

[Oct 49]

BL, WC

     Re-issue

- Encore ENC 201               

[?Dec  65]

BL

     Re-issue

- Double Up DUOS 1051

?

BL

New SO of London, Sharples               

Decca SKL 4077

LP

[1959]

Feb 60 p.434

BL, PD, (TM CAS)

     Re-issue

- Decca LXT 4329

(Spanish)

LP

[1960]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca SPA 187

LP

1971

July 72 p.253

BL, PD

     Re-issue

- Decca SKC 4077

(Spanish)

CAS

[1969]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca 841203

(Spanish)

CAS

1982

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca 452987-2               

CD

1997

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Vocalion CDLF 8143

CD

[2011]

LMS Aut 11 p42

Royal Philharmonic O, Rogers

Decca PFS 4170

LP

1969

Nov 69 p.833

BL, TM

     Re-issue

- Decca DGS 16

(American)

LP

1980

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca 6594064

(Spanish)

LP

1981

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca 444 786-2LPF

CD

1996

Aug 96 p.60

BL, PD, TM

Czecho-Slovak Radio SO, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

Dancetime O

Savoy 191 CD

CD

1994

BL

Scarborough Spa O, Kenworthy

SPO cassette 2

CAS

VLM 1997

Palm Court Theatre O, Godwin

Chandos FBCD 2002

CD

1998

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

Chandos CHAN 6676

 

CD

 

 

NX

Palm Court O, Job              

Palm Court Orchestra

(Canadian)

CD

2005?

LMS2006

Berkeley Salon Ensemble

Sounds Enjoyable 001

 

CD

2011?

LMS Wint 11 p55

 

orch, Paul Godwin              

Grammophon 20425

(German)

?

MMU

Broadcast 770 can be heard at www.mgthomas.co.uk/Soundfiles/Orchestral/K/Ketelbey%20-%20Wedgwood%20Blue%20(Broadway%20Cinema%20Orch%20Bcast%20770).mp3

The Sydney Thompson version is arranged by Frank Naylor.                                                                                   

 

None of the recordings heard take the piece as slow as the published metronome marking of crotchet=108.  The composer himself averages at 121, and most other conductors average between 112 (Godwin) and 123 (London Salon Ensemble, see below).  The exceptions are the two 10-inch recordings, which despite cutting 16 bars, have to take a faster tempo to make it in time – the Broadway Cinema Orchestra averages 130, Voss 140.

 

Ketèlbey adds an elaborate piano obbligato part, and reduces the orchestration considerably, cutting the cornets and trombone entirely.  The Broadway Cinema Orchestra has a discrete piano, and replaces double bass with tuba. Voss adds more notes in the Glockenspiel part, Rogers appears to have a celeste, and Godwin directs a chamber ensemble including piano.   At some point the publisher replaced the single trombone part by a trio, but only Leaper uses these new parts.

 

One textual point is of interest.  The third melody starts in the cello section, marked “solo”.  In light music this instruction can often mean “this is your tune” rather than “only one play”.  Here it balances a clearly marked solo violin part, and the composer himself uses a solo cello, so “only one play” seems the appropriate interpretation.   However, Broadway Cinema Orchestra, Sharples and Rogers all use the full cello section.

                                                               

Wedgwood Blue – other instrumental

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

?

?

Ludgate 2904

?

by 1930

Organ

Stanley Tudor

BBC

 

LP

1973

 

WC

Organ (Wurlitzer)

Phil Kelsall

Music for Pleasure CDDL 1206

CD

1991 rec.1985               

BL

Piano, 3 violins, cello, double bass

London Salon Ensemble

Bosworth BOCD 171

CD

1991

VLM Summer 91

BL, TM

 

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 217

CD

2001

TM

Organ (San Sylmar Theatre)

Thomas Hazleton

Klavier KCD 77025

CD

1998

NX

Piano

Eric Halstead

private recording

web

[2002]

(TM CD)

Carillon

Trevor Workman

Bournville Carillon BC000005

CD

2003

TM

Piano

Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

rec. 26.11.2009

PD, TM

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

 

web

2009

 

 

The Halstead recording is available at http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/3998219-collection-of-ketelbey-midi-files-zip

The Staab recording can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQXN3h8H0P8

 

The London Salon Ensemble version is arranged by Lars Payne, but his cello and bass play the original parts.  The accompanying notes also list a harmonium player, but none can be heard on this track.           

 

The recording by Workman uses his own arrangement, and was made at a live performance on Bournville Carillon, Birmingham, on 9th August 2003.