John Cargher 78 rpm Collection

Title

John Cargher 78 rpm Collection

Identifier

http://hdl.handle.net/1959.1/1405929

Description

Singers Browning Mummery with Mummery

John Cargher AM (1919-2008), music radio presenter and journalist, was born Pinchas Cargher to a Jewish rabbinical family and grew up in England, Germany, and Madrid. He worked in a factory after leaving school aged 13 and became a toolmaker. During this time he attended opera performances at Covent Garden and Sadler's Wells where he worked backstage and was involved in producing ballet. While serving in the RAF during the Second World War he bought and sold 78 rpm records for shellac, while keeping some back for his own collection. After working in theatre and television production, he migrated to Australia in 1951, where he managed record shops and became well known in Melbourne as a manager of Thomas' Music. In 1959 he moved to the ABC following work on programs for commercial radio. In April 1966 he began hosting the weekly program Singers of Renown on ABC Melbourne, which by 1977 was broadcast nationally. From 1969-1989 he managed the National Theatre in St Kilda and continued to serve on the theatre's board. In 1987 John Cargher was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the performing arts. He wrote books, including Music for pleasure: or how to enjoy music without really trying (1970), How To Enjoy Opera Without Really Trying (1987), BRAVO! Two Hundred Years Of Opera In Australia (1988) and an autobiography, Luck Was My Lady: Memoirs Of A Workaholic (1996).

The Monash University John Cargher collection was donated to Monash University library as part of the Cultural Gifts Program in 2009. It contains recordings, libretti and concert programs that he would use for his weekly radio programs from 1959-2008, the longest run of any combined program and presenter in Australian radio history, which produced 2124 programs. One program, Singers of Renown was broadcast for 42 years. Music for the programs was chosen, from his own collection, months in advance, to suit production deadlines for ABC publications. 

This 78 rpm collection features the earliest recordings, which Cargher brought with him from England. It includes voices of Australian singers Browning Mummery, John Brownlee, and Harold Williams as well as European singers who were popular on radio worldwide during the mid-twentieth century. It was accompanied by John Cargher’s own typed lists of 10 inch and 12-inch vinyl recordings.

[Autographed photograph of Nellie Melba with Browning Mummery and John Brownlee], photographic print, ca . 1926 - ca. 1928, Pictures Collection, H2007.74, State Library of Victoria.

Collection Items

Bass. With Orchestra. Label damaged and some information lost.

Bass. With Orchestra. Label damaged and some information lost.

Soprano. With Orchestra. Featured in the Film : "The Divine Spark"

Soprano. With Orchestra. Featured in the Film : "The Divine Spark"

Soprano. Piano Accompaniment by Julius Harrison

Soprano. Piano Accompaniment by Gerald Moore

Tenor. With Orchestra

Hebert Wallace "Wally" Butterworth was a radio announcer. Appears as Wally Butterwort on the label. With Soprano (Alda). This is an interview discussing the recording of the following track.

Act 4. Tenor. With Berlin State Opera Orchestra. Appears as Wladyslaw Ladis on the label

Act 2. Tenor. With Berlin State Opera Orchestra. Appears as Wladyslaw Ladis on the label

4th Movement. Saxon State Chapel Dresden. Conductor : Franz Konwitschny. Photocopied article about the "Jena" Symphony included with the vinyl.

3rd Movement. Saxon State Chapel Dresden. Conductor : Franz Konwitschny. Photocopied article about the "Jena" Symphony included with the vinyl.

2nd Movement. Saxon State Chapel Dresden. Conductor : Franz Konwitschny. Photocopied article about the "Jena" Symphony included with the vinyl.

1st Movement. Saxon State Chapel Dresden. Conductor : Franz Konwitschny. Photocopied article about the "Jena" Symphony included with the vinyl.

Baritone. With Piano Accompaniment. Special British Subscription Isse by arrangment with THE GRAMOPHONE "Collector's Corner". Signature etched into the vinyl itself

Baritone. With Piano Accompaniment. Special British Subscription Isse by arrangment with THE GRAMOPHONE "Collector's Corner". Signature etched into the vinyl itself

Tenor. With Strings, Harp and Organ. Praga also attruibuted on the label. It is unclear what role Praga plays in the piece.

Tenor. With Strings, Harp, Organ and Choir

Tenor. With Orchestra. Conductor : Ernst Hawke

Tenor. With Orchestra. Conductor : Dr Weissman

Tenor. With the Berlin State Orchestra. Conductor : Alois Melichar. From London Film Production "Lullaby"

Tenor. With the Berlin State Orchestra. Conductor : Alois Melichar, who also wrote this arrangment based on Schubert's "Schlafe, schlafe, holder suSer Knabe". Ernest Senatra probable librettist for the Italian translation. From London Film Production…

Baritone. With Orchestra of the State Opera House, Berlin. Conductor : Dr. Weissman

Baritone. With Orchestra of the State Opera House, Berlin. Conductor : Dr. Weissman

Baritone. With Orchestra

Baritone. With Orchestra

Baritone. Of the Berlin State Orchestra. With Choir and Orchestra. Conductor : Julius Pruwer

Baritone. Of the Berlin State Orchestra. With Choir and Orchestra. Conductor : Julius Pruwer

Bass (Robeson), Soprano (Welch). With Orchestra. Appears on Label as "Elizabeth Welch".

Bass. With Chorus of Eight Men. With Orchestra.

Rondeau. Soprano of the theater of Porte St-Martin. Orchestra under the direction of M.E. Bervily

Aragonaise. Soprano of the theater of Porte St-Martin. Orchestra under the direction of M.E. Bervily

Tenor. With Orchestral Accompaniment. Conductor : Manfred Gurlitt

Tenor. With Orchestral Accompaniment. Conductor : Julius Pruwer

Tenor. Full title of Opera is La Traviata

Tenor. Full title of Opera is La Traviata. Extra Label "Vox Radio Lyons : Voices from the Golden Age, No.4. To Be Returned After Broadcast, C.G.R.3. 21st of December. 10.15 - 10.30

Act 1.Tenor. With Orchestra del Teatro alla (Scala). Conductor : Carlo Sabajno

Act 1.Tenor. With Orchestra del Teatro alla (Scala). Conductor : Carlo Sabajno

Soprano. With Orchestra. Conductor : Hans Schindler

Soprano. With Orchestra. Conductor : Hans Schindler

Act 3. Tenor. With the Orchestra of the Teatro alla (Scala). Conductor : Franco Ghione

Act 2. Tenor (Lauri-Volpi), Baritone (Borgonovo). With the Orchestra of the Teatro alla (Scala). Conductor : Franco Ghione. Appears as G Borgonovo on the label

Soprano (MacDonald), Baritone ( Merrill). With Orchestra. Conductor : Russell Bennett. Musical/Comedy Score

Soprano (MacDonald), Baritone ( Merrill). With Orchestra. Conductor : Russell Bennett. Musical/Comedy Score

Tenor. With Orchestra.

Tenor. With Orchestra.

Bass. With Orchestra

Tenor. With Tivoli Concert Orchestra. Conductor : Sv. Chr. Felumb (Svend Christian Felumb). Appears as Stephano Islandi, as well as Cilea as Ciles, on the label

Tenor. With Tivoli Concert Orchestra. Conductor : Sv. Chr. Felumb (Svend Christian Felumb). Appears as Stephano Islandi on the label
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