Recordings made by
Basil Rathbone
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The Happy Prince and other Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales, read by Basil Rathbone. Includes "The Happy Prince," "The Selfish Giant," and "The Nightingale and the Rose." Caedmon TC 1044. Listen to Basil read stories from this album:


The Selfish Giant
(8.45 MB)

The Nightingale and the Rose
(12 MB)


The Happy Prince and other tales


Idylls of the King

Idylls of the King, by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Read by Basil Rathbone. Caedmon TC 2022 (2 LPs)

King David, Arthur Honegger's oratorio and symphonic psalm, narrated by Basil Rathbone.  King David was performed on multiple occasions and recorded at least twice with Rathbone as narrator:

  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, May 1954, with Margaret Goldsmith (soprano), Marilee Logan-Amundson (contralto), Frank Barger (tenor), Ronny Crocker (David as a boy) and Basil Rathbone (narrator)
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, June 1955, with Horace Jones (conductor); Frank Barger (baritone); Martha Miller (contralto); Josephine Antoine (soprano); and Basil Rathbone (narrator)
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, May 9, 1958. Directed by Prof. Rexford Keller, with Louise Natale (soprano), Beatrice Krebs (contralto), Robert Price (tenor), and Basil Rathbone (narrator)
  • Akron, Ohio, 1958 (?). The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, directed by Lenough Anderson, with Jean Blair (soprano), Paula Clarke (contralto), Jon Humphrey (tenor), and Basil Rathbone (narrator). Gama Records, two LPs


Participants in the University of Colorado performance of King David (left to right): Frank Barger, baritone; Martha Miller, contralto; Horace Jones, conductor; Josephine Antoine, soprano; Basil Rathbone, narrator (1955)


King David

 Manfred (Schumann) - Baltimore Symphony, San Francisco Orchestra

The Murder of Lidice by Edna St. Vincent Millay -- narrated by Basil Rathbone, with Blanche Yurka and Czech and Slovak chorus (3 records, 78 rpm, Columbia Masterworks M-536). This is a poem written as a commemorative of the town of Lidice that was picked to be annihilated by the Nazis during World War II, as revenge for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, known as the Hangman.

The Night Before Christmas & Little Jesus - narrated by Basil Rathbone (1 record, 78 rpm, Columbia Masterworks 7407-M, 1939)
Click on the sound button to hear Rathbone recite "The Night Before Christmas" (1.40 MB)

Oliver Twist and Fagin - Basil Rathbone as Fagin and narrator (3 records, 78 rpm, Columbia Masterworks MM700, recorded in 1947)

Oliver Twist, narrated by Basil Rathbone, and The Three Musketeers, narrated by Errol Flynn - Columbia CL674, 33.3 rpm

Click on the links below to hear short sound clips from Oliver Twist.


Oliver Twist 1
(530 KB)

Oliver Twist 2
(363 KB)

Oliver Twist 3
(97 KB)

Oliver Twist 4
(70 KB)
   
Panorama Colorslide Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  Book with slides, and record narrated by Basil Rathbone. Part of the "Guided Tours of the World's Greatest Museums" series from Columbia Record Club, 1961.

Panorama Colorslide Tour of the Accademia Gallery, Venice. Book with slides, and record narrated by Basil Rathbone. Part of the "Guided Tours of the World's Greatest Museums" series from Columbia Record Club, 1961.
 
Peter and the Wolf with Basil Rathbone as narrator, and Leopold Stokowski conducting the All-American Orchestra - Columbia Masterworks MM-477-5, 3 record set, 78 rpm

Click on the links below (with the speaker image) to hear short sound clips from Peter and the Wolf.


Rathbone with Pierre Monteux, conductor

PeterWolf 1
(222 KB)

PeterWolf 2
(211 KB)

PeterWolf 3
(198 KB)

PeterWolf 4
(191 KB)

Peter and the Wolf with Basil Rathbone (as narrator) and Leopold Stokowski (as conductor) and Treasure Island with Basil Rathbone (as narrator and John Silver) and supporting cast - Columbia ML-4038, and Columbia P 14204, 33.3 rpm

Peter and the Wolf (Basil Rathbone), Tubby the Tuba (Victor Jory), & Pan the Piper (Ted Tiller) - Columbia CL671 

Robin Hood - Basil Rathbone as Robin Hood (4 records, 78 rpm, Columbia Masterworks MM583), recorded in 1945, dramatic adaptation by Ralph Rose, with Raymond Lawrence (Sheriff of Nottingham), Jay Novello (Will Stutley), Ramsey Hill (Friar Tuck, King Richard), Tom Collins (Alan-a-Dale), John Goldsworthy (Much), Marvin Miller (Little John), Jack Edwards Jr. (Young Gilbert), and Joy Harrington (Maid Marian).

Robin Hood - Basil Rathbone as Robin Hood (1 record, 33.3 rpm, Columbia ML 2063), recorded in 1949

Click on the links below (with the speaker image) to hear sound clips from Robin Hood.

Robin Hood 1
(2.76 MB)

Robin Hood 2
(5.76 MB)

Robin Hood 3
(222 KB)

Robin Hood 3
(222 KB)

Robin Hood and The Three Musketeers (Great Adventure Stories For Children). Side 1 has the story of Robin Hood, with Basil Rathbone as Robin. Side 2 has the story of The Three Musketeers, with Errol Flynn as D'Artagnon. Columbia "HARMONY" LP HL- 9558.

 

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