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

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Pathé Concert Orchestra

Pathé 1859

?

10” 78

UK

[June 25]

     Re-issue

- Actuelle 10821

 

10” 78

 

[Aug 25]

Grosvenor Orchestra

Aco G 15805

C 7256

10” 78

UK

[Nov 25]               

Dec 25 p.338

     Re-issue - Sutherland Orchestra

- Beltona 864        

 

10” 78

UK

[1925]

Dec 25 p.342

     ?Re-issue – Celeste Orchestra

- Guardsman 1811

G 1499

10” 78

UK

[?1925]

 

 

     ?Re-issue

- Ludgate 2904

 

10” 78

UK

[1926?]

 

 

Ketèlbey (piano), Albert W. Ketelbey’s Concert Orchestra

Columbia DX 27

WAX 5421

12” 78

UK

[Apr 30] rec.Feb 30

May 30 p.564

BL, PD, (TM CAS)

     Re-issue

- Columbia Cinema Service YBX 20

WAXD 39

12” 33

UK

[Mar 31]

     Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

UK

1992

BL, PD,  TM

     Re-issue

- Evergreen Melodies C 62

CD

UK

[1999]

PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110848

CD

 

2002

BL, NX, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Guild GLCD 5178

CD

UK

[2011]

LMS Aut 11 p44

PD

Harold Sandler and his Orchestra              

Sterno 545

S 1058

10” 78

UK

[Dec 30]

Broadway Cinema Orchestra

Broadcast 770

N 189

9” 78

UK

[1931?]

     Re-issue

- VLMS SP 115

CAS

UK

TM

London Palladium Orchestra, Crean

HMV C 2309

2B 2005-2

12” 78

UK

[Mar 32]

Mar 32 p.433

BL

     Re-issue

- Electrola EH 768

2B 2005-II

12” 78

 

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Victor 36090

2B 2005

12” 78

US

[1933]

 

 

     Re-issue

- Victor 36247

2B 2005

12” 78

US

[1940]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Gramophone EB 69

 

12” 78

Australia

 

 

 

Louis Voss Grand Orchestra

Bosworth BC 1035

CP 418

10” 78

UK

[1938]

June 38 p.25

     Re-issue - Hillingdon Orchestra

- Decca F 7316

CP 418

10” 78

UK

 

Jan 40 p.298

BL

     Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 218

CD

UK

2001

TM

     Re-issue

- Guild Light Music GLCD 5115

CD

UK

July 05

BL, TM

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

Parlophone R 3222

CE 12654-1

10” 78

UK

[Oct 49]

BL, WC

     Re-issue

- Encore ENC 201               

UK

[?Dec  65]

BL

     Re-issue

- Double Up DUOS 1051

UK

?

BL

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Sharples

Decca SKL 4077

LP

UK

[1959]

Feb 60 p.434

BL, PD, (TM CAS)

     Re-issue

- London LL 3141

 

LP

US

[1959]

 

 

     Re-issue

- London PS 186,

 

LP

US

[1959]

 

 

     Re-issue

- Axis 6326

 

LP

Australia

[1959]

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca LXT 4329

 

LP

Spain

[1960]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca SPA 187

 

LP

UK

1971

July 72 p.253

BL, PD

     Re-issue

- Decca SKC 4077

 

LP/CAS

Spain

[1969]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- London SPA 4036

 

LP

Canada

1971

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca SPL 3046

 

LP

South Africa

1977

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca 65 94 156

 

LP

Spain

1981

 

 

     Re-issue

- London CM. 9041

 

LP

Canada

?

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca LPD 253 Y

 

LP

Belgium

?

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca 841203

 

CAS

Spain

1982

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca 452987-2

 

CD

UK

1997

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Vocalion CDLF 8143

 

CD

UK

[2011]

LMS Aut 11 p42

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Rogers

Decca PFS 4170

 

LP

UK

1969

Nov 69 p.833

BL, TM

     Re-issue

- London SPC 21036

 

LP

US

1969

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca SLZ.8386,

 

LP

NZ

1969

 

 

     Re-issue

- London LLN-7164,

 

LP

Brazil

1969

 

 

     Re-issue

- Orlador 54452

 

LP

Spain

1975

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca DGS 16

 

LP

US

1980

 

 

     Re-issue

- Decca 6594064

 

LP

Spain

1981

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca 444 786-2LPF

CD

UK

1996

Aug 96 p.60

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- MG Direct Marketing D 115620

 

CD

US

1996

 

 

Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphon Orchestra, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

UK

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

Dancetime Orchestra

Savoy 191 CD

CD

UK

1994

BL

Scarborough Spa Orchestra, Kenworthy

SPO cassette 2

CAS

UK

VLM 1997

Palm Court Theatre Orchestra, Godwin

Chandos FBCD 2002

CD

UK

1998

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Chandos CHAN 6676

 

CD

UK

 

 

NX

Palm Court Orchestra ,Job        

Palm Court Orchestra

 

CD

Canada

2005?

LMS2006

Berkeley Salon Ensemble

Sounds Enjoyable 001

 

CD

UK

2011?

LMS Wint 11 p55

 

orchestra, Paul Godwin               

Grammophon 20425

 

78

Germany

?

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. It has an introduction of 4 extra bars; the main section is repeated, but the third section, reprise and coda are all cut.  Hear it at https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=JuFhhS1-vz4&list=RDAMVMJuFhhS1-vz4

Hear Voss’s version at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w3oHvU3A5w

                                               

Of the recordings heard, only Thompson takes 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 two 10-inch recordings each cut 16 bars, but still have to take a faster tempo to make fit the music on a side 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

Country

Date

Review

Locations

Organ (Wurlitzer, Gaumont, Hanley)

Stanley Tudor

BBC

 

LP

UK

1973 rec.1960

 

WC

Organ (Wurlitzer)

Phil Kelsall

Music for Pleasure CDDL 1206

CD

UK

1991 rec.1985

BL

Piano, 3 violins, cello, double bass

London Salon Ensemble

Bosworth BOCD 171

CD

UK

1991

VLM Summer 91

BL, TM

 

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 217

CD

UK

2001

TM

Organ (San Sylmar Theatre)

Thomas Hazleton

Klavier KCD 77025

CD

 

1998

NX

Piano

Eric Halstead

private recording

web

UK

[2002]

(TM CD)

Carillon

Trevor Workman

Bournville Carillon BC000005

CD

UK

2003

TM

Piano

Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

UK

rec. 26.11.2009

PD, TM

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

 

web

Germany

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

Tudor’s recording can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPiuf7KmyS0

 

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.

                                                               

Webpage updated 11 Feb 2021