The Post-War Economy was a thing of bafflement.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for December 10, 1947
On this day in 1947 it was revealed in a study of businesses that yes, older workers were more reliable than their younger counterparts. Loyalty and sick days were a big factor.
If we knew then what we know now . . .
In other news, for this tenth day of December in 1947. The Cold War was rearing it’s head in a lot of different places. The most notable being at the Foreign Ministers Conference in London, where Russia presented a demand of $ 10 Billion in reparations from Germany after the War. The subject of Communism and “The Red Scare” was also pondered in relation to the upcoming 1948 Presidential elections. And the “Red Influence” was being looked at by the government of Prime Minister Robert Schuman in France. They had recently concluded a series of crippling strikes around the country and were looking to prevent a recurrence in the future.
The Middle-East was continuing its flare ups, since reparations went into effect the previous week. An Arab attack on a Jewish settlement resulted in 3 Jewish deaths. British troops were called in to patrol the “no-man’s land” between Arab and Jewish settlements in Palestine. Tensions were on the increase.
And a pending strike by workers at Western Union was raising eyebrows all over Capitol Hill.
That, and so much more from this December 10th edition of News Of The World for 1947.
Leon Boellmann – not a household name – certainly not in the U.S.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Leon Boellmann Cello Sonata – 1949
Another rarely performed composer this week, as performed by a then-rising-star Cellist, Jacques Ripoche and legendary pianist-teacher Jean-Jacques Painchaud in a broadcast recital recording made by French Radio in 1949 of the seldom heard composer Leon Boellmann and his even less heard final work, the Sonata for Cello and Piano op. 40, thanks to the seemingly vast mountain of French Radio transcriptions.
Boellmann, a figure in 19th century French music, was more prominent for his Organ music, even though he was prolific in other genres. He managed to do quite a bit of composing in his short 35 year life span. And this Sonata is just one indication of the vast untapped library of undiscovered and neglected music waiting to be found.
And if the name Jacques Ripoche sounds a little familiar, it’s because he is the father of celebrated Cellist Aldo Ripoche, and was the younger Ripoche’s first teacher. Further evidence the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
A worthy piece for reappraisal done by noted musicians in their prime. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Carla Bley – One of the key figures in the Free Jazz movement.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Carla Bley -Christmas Carols – Live In Berlin – 2008
Since we’re approaching knee-deep in the Christmas season, what better excuse to play the Carla Bley Christmas Carols Concert from Berlin in 2008 than now. As one of the leading lights in the Free Jazz Movement, Bley has been involved in an extraordinary number of projects, with a far ranging and diverse batch of fellow-travellers.
Here she is heading up a group consisting of the legendary Steve Swallow on bass, Tobias Weidinger on Trumpet and Glockenspiel, Axel Schlosser on Trumpet, Christine Chapman on French Horn, Adrian Mears on Trombone and Ed Partyka and Bass Trombone and Tuba. And of course the inimitable Carla Bley doing the arrangements as well as playing Piano and leading the ensemble.
In case you need a bit of reminding on the Carols being played, here goes:
01 O Tannenbaum 02:23
02 Silent Night And Day 08:35
03 Jingle Bells 03:22
04 The Christmas Song 05:25
05 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 05:35
06 O Holy Night – Joy To The World 08:29
07 God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen 09:46
08 O Come To Bethlehem, All Ye Faithful 05:53
I know ECM issued this concert commercially. This is rather the original broadcast, coming from RBB Kulturradio in Berlin on December 4, 2008.
A good time was had by all. A little something to set up the Christmas Tree with. No?