Sunday, March 14, 2010

Osian Ellis plays Welsh Folk Music

As I mentioned when I began the blog, it would be "mostly classical", but with other things that caught my fancy along the way. This is a nice little record, a rarity for me, since I had never seen it before, and very pleasurable to listen to. Though I studied early Celtic literature many, many years ago, have read Arthurian Romances and the Mabinogion, I know nothing about the music of Wales.

Osian Ellis, of course, is no stranger to followers of classical music. He was harpist for the LSO for many years and made a fine recording of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro with the Melos ensemble of which he was a member. He had a long, fruitful association with Benjamin Britten, performing and recording with Peter Pears, and was firmly established in the London musical establishment.

But this is the first time I have heard him sing!

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  1. Hey, I was looking for that LP not long ago. Thanks! I have another LP of Ellis singing and playing the harp on (I think) Argo or L'Oiseau Lyre. Also I recently read the autobiography of Isabella Wallich, who founded Delyse.

  2. Glad I was able to post something you were looking for; it's especially satisfying. I really don't know a lot about Delyse, but the record was nicely recorded and issued in a fine pressing. Any chance you will ever post those other Osian Ellis things? He does a very nice job here, especially during the Penillion.

  3. Isabella Wallich was a nice of Fred Gaisberg of HMV. She started Delyse to record Welsh music; I believe this is one of the label's first releases.

    I'll see if I can find the Osian Ellis record - that may be a struggle!

  4. Your quite welcome. A agree about the recording and would love to find more.

  5. This is a charming recording! I had no idea. Thank you very much for posting it.