With 159 Radio Valves
THE new electrical organ known as the Novachord is used in accompaniment to two popular songs by Miss Vera Lynn, called We'll meet again and Later on. This organ uses no less than 159 radio valves in producing itS remarkable effects.
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Tfirst recorded performance is now published of Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony. This is an amusing suite of a number of short items that were actually composed by Britten when he was little more than a child. The items were revised a year or two ago and transformed themselves in what the composer has called Simple, Symphony. An explanatory leaflet is issued with the records. The Boyd Neel String Orchestra play the work with complete understanding (X245/6/7).
The series of popular piano pieces recorded by Dr. Geoffrey Shaw (His Majesty's Staff Inspector, Board of Education) are intended primarily for use in schools possessing a percussion band. But the piano pieces are so popular and so interesting that they can be enjoyed in the home as well as being used as a teaching aid in schools.
MR PETER DAWSON is making his last records for H.M.V., for this great baritone is about to retire. The sales of his records are said to have reached four million or more in the last 25 to 30 years, and it is well known that he was one of the great pioneers of recording, surviving all the hardships of early recording before the invention of the " matrix," when the same song had to be sung over and over again to provide "sale copies." From first to last the splendid qualities of his voice have charmed and exhilarated the listener, and besides popularising a large number of songs Dawson has given many examples of the great classical and romantic arias. Dawson has also excelled in Kipling songs, which have always suited his manly and forthright style. A truly great artist who took infinite pains; hence, no doubt, his world success, C. G. M.