Dear Gunnar,
[I had no idea using my acronym could be problematic -- it sounded good
to my friends (no dig here). Well, you may use my first name -- Chanan --
which has mostly been used in my family circle.]
Thanks for sharing your experience of the the two recordings.
I entirely agree with your observations. To me it was a "great experience"
listening to a younger Eliot.
Frankly speaking, I'm not enamoured of Eliot reading his own poems.
I find his recordings, for the most part, rather monotonous and, at
places, flawed. 
I'd rather (as David Boyd recommended) one could hear Paul Scofield's
readings for the BBC of 4Q and TWL. Let me reproduce what David wrote
to me:
"the British Broadcasting Corporation publish it as 2 cdroms.
Scofield reading 4Q was originally broadcast separately on BBC Radio 3 
about 8 years ago and from that I recorded a cassette from the radio 
which transferred [very crudely] to digital sound files/cdrom. This year
I stumbled across a BBC recordings store on a visit to London and was
more than delighted to find that it had been published properly on cdrom
in I think 2003 in recognition of P Scofield's 80th birthday [that waste
sad time thing again I suppose], along with TWL. I do think it's a most
impressive version indeed: IMHO it's the poetic equivalent of Judy Collins
doing Bob Dylan - once one has heard that, all other versions sound
rather flawed."

Gunnar Jauch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Am 20.04.2007 um 00:15 schrieb Gunnar Jauch:

Am 19.04.2007 um 20:58 schrieb cr mittal:

Thanks, Diana.  Of special interest, as the note says, is the recording of TWL:
"The recording of 'The Waste Land' presented here is a particularly exciting find. It dates from 1935, a decade earlier than the well-known and much more widely available 1946 recording. Whilst the sound quality is understandably not so good, the recording is fascinating for Eliot's faster, more energetic rendition. Listening to this urgent interpretation blows the dust of this iconic poem and helps us encounter it afresh. "
~ CR

Dear CR,

(you have no idea how much it pains me having to use your acronym..!)

The earlier recording  of TWL is indeed a bit faster and more energetic than the one from '46 that I own (thanks to David Boyd's kindness, having sent me a CD some years ago) .

However, one of the most striking difference between the two seem to occur in the very beginning: 
n the early version TSE reads  the first lines as they are written, with somewhat artificial pauses between "April is the cruellest month, breeding (pause) lilacs out of the dead land, mixing (pause) memory and desire, stirring (pause)..." etc.

I prefer the '46 reading with its more natural flow, with pauses in their natural places, and also  recite it in that manner.

Due to "the wisdom of old men" he most likely opted for the '46 variance himself -- " but these are all hints and guesses"...



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