Hiroshima: The day the sun rose twice.
Click on the link here for audio: News for August 6, 1945
Even though the most horrific event of the 20th Century had taken place many hours earlier, no word of it having taken place was mentioned. August 6th, 1945 was seemingly just another day in World War 2 as far as this newscast was concerned.
With that in mind, the news seems chillingly ironic with reports from the Pacific of routine B-29 raids over Japan and speculation over an upcoming invasion of the Japanese mainland based on General MacArthur’s opinion that the Pacific war could never be won on Air strikes alone. That the news from Tokyo reported overnight raids by squadrons of Mustangs, but nothing else.
Reports from Europe talked about the continuing War Crimes trial of Marshall Petain in Paris and postwar conditions, including the British rail strike threatening to paralyze that country. Black market scandals surfacing with tea and canned milk supplies showing up in the streets of London and not with troops in France.
From Washington, news that controversial Senator Hiram Johnson had died. Debates on postwar policy and our role in the United Nations and mention of a peacetime draft.
And no mention of an Atomic Bomb in the news for this day in August, 1945, as broadcast by The CBS World News Roundup.
The Stuyvesant Quartet – History making on the fly.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Shostakovitch – Piano Quintet – The Stuyvesant String Quartet w/Vivian Rivkin, piano – recorded in 1941
I originally posted this in 2009 on the now-defunct Newstalgia site. It’s such a good and historic recording that it would be a shame not to include here on Past Daily.
One of his most popular Chamber pieces, the op. 57 Piano Quintet had its premier in Moscow in November of 1940, with Shostakovitch at the piano and The Beethoven String Quartet, the group he dedicated the work to. Within weeks, the manuscript was in New York and had its American premier with Vivian Rivkin at the piano with the Stuyvesant String Quartet. This recording was made on May 7-8 of 1941 and there is some controversy whether this recording was the world premier or the recording made by Shostakovitch himself with the Beethoven Quartet was the world premier. It’s sort of a moot point, considering there was a war going on and records were something of a luxury commodity at the time, and access to Soviet recordings was never easy anyway.
In any event, this recording was made shortly after the U.S. Premier and strangely, it’s never seen the light of reissue, even as a historic document. It’s been recorded scores of times since the premier, with no doubt infinitely better interpretations. But with all that said, this is the first one, or the first Western one and it was the only recording for some time. And a lot of people formed their first impressions on the piece based on this interpretation.
So imagine you’ve never heard this work before.