2. Never Seek to Tell Thy Love
3. Mad Song
4. O Thou with Dewy Locks
Warren Galjour, baritone
Leopold Stokowski orchestra
Leopold Stokowski, conductor
I don't know if this is the only performance this piece ever had but it's a wonderful piece that should be performed. This is a far from perfect recording, the balances between the instruments and voice aren't the best but it's the best you're likely to hear of it.
Update: This is from an article by one of Ben Weber's few students, the composer Roger Tréfousse THE STRANGE LIFE OF BEN WEBER.
A very vivid memory of studying with Ben is of the times when we would listen to music together. He would play a recording and we would listen through with the score. As the music proceeded, he’d make the occasional comment; pointing out a detail of structure, harmony, or orchestral technique. One of the first pieces of his own that he played for me was his Symphony on Poems of William Blake. He liked that it got quite wild in the Mad Song, and was pleased with the way the small forces he had chosen created such a big sound. Of particular interest to me was the way that he’d used a single cello to successfully create the sound of a full string section.
The Blake Symphony is one of Ben’s most powerful works, and we listened to it in the fabulous recording conducted by Leopold Stokowski, with his Symphony Orchestra and baritone soloist Warren Galjour. When we’d finished listening, Ben reminisced about the craziness surrounding the sessions for that RCA Victor recording. Stokowski, for some unknown reason, had become very angry with Galjour. So, when a comment needed to be made, Stokie, as Ben called the famous conductor, would turn to Ben and say, “Would you please tell Mr. Galjour such and such, because Mr. Stokowski is not speaking to Mr. Galjour.” As I listened to Ben’s story, the contrast between now and then was a bit haunting. Here I was, sitting in that cramped and dusty apartment with the creator of this phenomenal piece of music, now someone who barely ever left his rooms—and many days probably didn’t even get out of bed—hearing him tell tales about working with the legendary Leopold Stokowski.
That's from back in the day when major labels like RCA put out recordings of largely ignored American composers. I might have my criticisms of Stokowski, whose musical sins were many, but he did champion new music.
I had thought that the American Composer's Alliance might hold the score to this piece but it doesn't seem to be among the scores that Ben Weber or those near to him placed with them.