I recognise that accuracy was often hard to obtain in the circumstances of sessions for 78 rpm records, although in fact here the delivery is remarkably faithful to the score; my main complaints with the singers in the excerpts given here lies with their lack of dramatic involvement - and sometimes with their sheer inability to convey character - both of which are surprisingly 'laid back'. Otherwise I am pleased that such a discerning judge as Martin Walker finds himself able to agree with my comments.
I do suspect however that Coates here found himself rushing in order to fit the allocated music onto a single 78 rpm side - that is the only explanation I can think of for the abrupt burst of speed during Waltraute's Narration, on which I commented in my original review.
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