C.M. Crabtree in "The Gramophone" says of DB5469 that Schofield is not at his best; of his singing on DB5258 he commented "this is the first boy who has shown us the real top notes in which boys revel; also natural ability", but of DB5528 he writes that it is "like a bad dream. This boy sings like a soubrette . . we have reached rock bottom." (Issues of Dec., Feb. & Oct. 1929 respectively.) For contrasting views see other reviews quoted below.
Trevor Schofield A: Lead, kindly Light (wds [3 vv.] John Henry Newman (1801-90), wr. 1833, publ. as "Faith", no. 2 of "Lyra apostolica, no. IX" in "British Magazine and Monthly Register of Religious and Ecclesiastical Information" V (1 Feb. 1834), pp. 153-156" - tune "Sandon" by Charles Henry Purday (1799-1885), publ. London, 1860 in "Routledge's Church and Home Metrical Psalter and Hymnal", p. 161) B: Hymn of the Homeland (incipit: The Homeland! O the Homeland!) (wds Hugh Reginald Haweis (1838-1901), wr. 1855 - music Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900), 1867) Both rec. 1930? with organ accomp.
Trevor Schofield Two sacred songs by Mabel Browning Fairlie (fl. 1914-29) A: He shall sustain thee (Book of Psalms) (c.1926) (matrix WA8989-2) B: The Lord is thy Keeper (1927) (WA8990-1) Rec. May 1929 with piano accomp.
Trevor Schofield A: Pierrot at the Dance (incipit: They were dancing in the moon-light, just Pierrette and young Pierrot.) (song: wds Edward F. Lockton (c.1876-1940) - music Frederick Drummond (fl. 1914-30), 1923) (matrix WA8987-2) B: A Song of Long Ago (incipit: The tender little songs of long ago are best.) (song: wds Douglas Furber (1885-1961) - music Archie Emmett Adams (Australian songwriter, d. 1938), 1920) (WA8988-1) Both rec. 9 May 1929 with piano accompaniment. Retailed at 3/=.
Review by C.M. Crabtree in The Gramophone (Oct. 1929, p. 206): "like a bad dream. This boy sings like a soubrette . . . we have reached rock bottom." This assessment is all too true, as can be heard on the two Amphion CDs "The Better Land" vols. 4 & 5.
A contrasting view comes from the reviewers of the London journal The Sound Wave (Oct. 1929, pp. 592 & 614) where we read of "the golden-voiced boy soprano"; "a clever boy singer whose pleasing voice and tasteful singing have quickly won him general favour."
"[He] is a choir boy with a nice liquid voice, and he has had excellent tuition. Fortunately, the powers that be have not overburdened him with music beyond his education on this record, and his jolly little flute-like tones are all that are required in the two songs here recorded. Let us hope that, when he grows older, he will be able to sing something more important. In the meantime, mothers who hear the disc cannot help but describe him as a 'dear'." (Review in Gramophone and Talking Machine News [London], October 1929, p. 375.)
Trevor Schofield A: Bird Songs at Eventide (song: wds Royden Barrie (pseud. of Harry Rodney Bennett (1890-1948)) - music Eric Coates (1886-1957), 1926) (matrix WA8258-2, prob. rec. 21 Dec. 1928) B: "Good Night" said the cuckoo (song: wds & music Phyllis B. Harding, 1921) (WA8259-1, rec. 21 Dec. 1928) Both with piano accompaniment. Retailed at 3/=. Harding's song is available on Amphion CD "The Better Land" vol. 1.
Review by C.M. Crabtree in The Gramophone (Apl. 1929, p. 496): "this is the first boy who has shown us the real top notes in which boys revel; also natural ability."
"An unusual and very pleasing treble. (Why is it always 'boy soprano' nowadays?) He sings with the sophistication of a mature prima-donna, perhaps a little too much for a boy, and he is inclined, in Bird Songs to 'scoop.' It is, however, a rather remarkable performance." (Review in The Sound Wave [London], Apl. 1929, p. 228.)
". . . a rather thin, but nicely-trained voice and a real sense of pitch. . . [these pieces are] sung clearly enough and with an engagingly artless air." (From a review in Gramophone and Talking Machine News [London], April 1929, p. 136.)
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