Cyrus Vance – attempting to run flak between the Greeks and Turks over Cyprus.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: ABC News Around The World – Dec. 2, 1967
Busy week, this first one of December in 1967. B-52 raids over the demilitarized zone in Vietnam came in at around 150,000 pounds. Still the fighting went on. Secretary of State Dean Rusk was slated to meet with Secretary General U Thant during his trip to New York in the coming week. Topics to discuss were Vietnam and Cyprus.
And speaking of Cyprus, LBJ’s point person Cyrus Vance was engaged in some shuttle diplomacy, going back and forth between Athens and Ankara, in an attempt to settle the Cyprus dispute. We seemed to be adept at solving their problems – but we were lousy at solving our own.
Former Texas Governor John Connolly was adamant in his denial of rumors he was pegged to replace Robert MacNamara as Secretary of Defense in the coming year. A thankless job anyway.
Meanwhile, speculation was rife all over Capitol Hill over who would be running for President in the 1968 election. Odds were in favor of Nelson Rockefeller for the Republicans, while the Democrats were mulling over overtures from Senator Eugene McCarthy.
And December 2nd marked the 25th anniversary (in 1967) of the first self-sustaining chain reaction that ushered in the Atomic Age.
All that, and a lot more from ABC Radio‘s News Of The World for the week ending December 2, 1967.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ibert – Symphony Concertante for Oboe and Orch.
Sadly, the French conductor Roger Desormiere didn’t fully transition over to the era of the lp record before having his career cut short by a debilitating stroke. He was one of the most widely respected conductors in France, going from the late 1930s all the way to his forced retirement in 1952. Many of his early recordings are legendary and he’s highly sought after in collectors circles for many first performances. But compared to his contemporaries, his commercial recordings aren’t that vast in number. He did however, regularly broadcast over Paris Radio. And it’s one of those broadcasts I’m featuring this weekend.
Most people think of Jacques Ibert and they don’t go much further past Escales (Ports of Call). But Ibert was a versatile and prolific composer who was active for a very long time. Unfortunately, not a lot of his music is performed today and this weekend’s performance of the Symphony Concertante for Oboe and Orchestra featuring The French National Orchestra with Roger Desormiere and Oboist Jules Goetgheluk is probably one of the few performances given of the work. Recorded in concert around 1951, this performance, like many from these French Radio transcriptions, has most likely not seen the light of day since their first recordings. I would like to hope I am wrong, but I am afraid I may not be.
In any event, another rarity to fill out your weekend. Enjoy.
Hank Jones – Bringing a warm breeze to Stockholm.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Hank Jones Trio w.Friends – Stockholm 1983 001
A classic concert, recorded live by Sveriges Radio in Stockholm on June 4, 1983, featuring the legendary Hank Jones Trio (w/ Red Mitchell, bass and Shelly Manne, drums) along with guests Chet Baker on Trumpet and Pepper Adams on baritone Sax.
Running almost an hour (probably over an hour if you discount the fade-out in the middle of Consummation for the station break). But a great concert nonetheless, sounding excellent.
So check this one out and enjoy what’s left of the weekend (it’s still Sunday afternoon in L.A., in case you were wondering).