Performed often during the first 40 years of the 20th century. After that . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Schmitt: La Tragèdie de Salomè – Paris Conservatory Orchestra, Andrè Cluytens, cond. 1950 Besancon Festival – ORTF – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
The music of Florent Schmitt this weekend. A popular figure during the first four decades of the 20th Century, Florent Schmitt fell into obscurity shortly after his death in 1958. A composer of note during the time, but also a critic who made more than the usual number of enemies, his vocal indiscretions once prompted a publisher to refer to Schmitt as “an irresponsible lunatic”. And that may have had some bearing on his neglect in later years.
Schmitt wrote some 138 pieces during his lifetime, composing in most every style except for Opera. During the 1990s, his music started getting a revival of sorts, with a number of his unpublished works being discovered and played for the first time.
This weekend it’s a live performance of one of his better known works, “La Tragèdie de Salomè as played by the Paris Conservatory Orchestra conducted by the legendary Andrè Cluytens during the 1950 Besançon Festival and recorded by the ORTF (Paris Radio).
Cluytens recorded this work commercially, but this performance hasn’t been issued. This is a repost of one I did in June of last year of the same work, but a better transfer and a revised date of performance.
Enjoy if you haven’t heard it yet. Enjoy if you have heard it, but wanted it to sound better.
One of the Grand Elder Statesmen of The Podium.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – New York Philharmonic Conducted by Eugen Jochum – June 19, 1978 – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – New York Philharmonic Conducted by Eugen Jochum – June 19, 1978 – Part 2
Another historic concert this week – The New York Philiharmonic guest conducted by the legendary Eugen Jochum in a program of music by Hindemith and Beethoven.
Only two works – Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler and Beethoven’s Symphony number 3 (Eroica), all from June 1978 (broadcast date, not the recording date).
Eugen Jochum was one of the last of the great German conductors, a contemporary of Wilhelm Furtwangler, he was much revered throughout the world and was highly sought-after as guest conductor. His many recordings are still in print to this day and his readings of Bruckner are considered practically definitive.
Needless to say, his guest appearance with the New York Philharmonic was enthusiastically received.
And you get to hear why.
An eerie echo of 1914.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News from Berlin Radio, EIAR, Rome – Paris Radio -Commentary from Radio Berlin – August 30, 1939
As all hopes were pinned on a response to an eleventh hour appeal from Prime Minister Chamberlain to Adolf Hitler, no one was taking any chances. And news for this day was about preparations for what was sure to become another war.
News for this August 30th in 1939 comes from Radio Berlin, EIAR in Rome, Paris Radio and a commentary by Berlin Radio on the latest set of attempted negotiations in order to avert war. Meanwhile, cranking up the propaganda machine was Radio Berlin, with reports of “atrocities” committed by Polish troops near the border and acts of provocation on German civilians living in Eastern Poland.
All of these newscasts are in English and picked up via Shortwave at several listening posts in the U.S. The situation seemed dire in Europe, and was cause for concern in the U.S. But it also seemed like a distant crisis, and one that wouldn’t involve America. Having been only a little over 20 years since World War 1, it was remembered the U.S. didn’t become involved until 1916, when the war was already two years old. Perhaps this time it would be different.
But still, the ominous reports and news of the evacuation of Paris and how all public transportation was used to bring troops to the front seemed strangely familiar. As if nothing was learned from the last time. And on this August 30th in 1939 it was just a matter of waiting for shoes to drop.
History is just like that, it seems.
Ray Charles in concert – one of the gems from the recent treasure trove.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ray Charles – Live At Montreux – 1997
Good news came from The Montreux Festival the past couple of weeks. One was the release of a veritable treasure trove of past performances, and the other was news the Montreux Jazz Festival archives are now under the preservation of UNESCO. Some 40 years of film and audio equalling some 5,000 hours are to be preserved under the Memory Of The World Register. This is a great step in the area of preservation, but it also gives evidence that the late founder of the Montreux Festival, Claude Nobs had the foresight and love to preserve everything that happened during that milestone festival from its beginning.
One of those gems, part of a Historic Soul Series now available (or at least it was as of last week) via the ARTE Live Web site, is Ray Charles, live in 1997.
If you missed Ray Charles the first time around, and are just discovering him now – or need to be reminded from time to time why they referred to him as “The Genius Of Ray Charles” – now’s your chance.
- A Quick Word On Montreux! (divine2the9s.wordpress.com)
- Welcome to Montreux 2013! (shureatmontreux.wordpress.com)
Elsa Barraine – one of the leading lights in mid-century Women Composers of France.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – click Save As to download: Elsa Barraine – Wind Quintet – Wind Quintet of The FNO – 1956 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
One of the leading lights among Women Composers in France after the end of World War 2, Elsa Barraine was in league with other notable Women (Lili Boulanger in 1913 and Marguerite Canal in 1920) to win the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1929. A wildly versatile career, which also included stints as pianist and sound mixer and Head of Singing at the ORTF (French National Radio Network). After the war (which she was also heavily involved in the French Resistance movement between 1940 and 1944), Barraine was recording director for the legendary French Progressive record label Le Chant du Monde before joining the Paris Conservatory where she taught analysis and sight reading.
Sadly, her compositions are seldom performed today and she has become somewhat obscure in the annals of distinguished French composers of the 20th Century. For no good reason.
This week it’s a radio performance of her Wind Quintet as performed by members of the French National Orchestra Wind Quintet – Jules Goetgheluck, Oboe. Renè Plessier, Bassoon. Bernard Dufresne, Flute. Maurice Cliquenois, Clarinet and Louis Courtinet, Horn.
The recording is from approximately 1956 and was from a broadcast by the ORTF.
Another good reason to start digging around the library for music you’re not familiar with.
Braids – Canadian Shoegaze comes to Berlin.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Braids – Live at Lido, Berlin – June 28, 2013 – RBB Berlin
Shoegaze from Canada tonight, live in Berlin at the “Introducing . . . .” showcase at Lido, recorded June 28th of this year. Braids is originally from Calgary but have re-settled in Montreal. With their second album slated to come out in August, Braids have gotten much good word of mouth in the Canadian Press, and their first album Native Speaker was shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in Canada in 2011.
Fronted by Raphaelle Standell-Preston, the band originally got started in high-school in Calgary around 2006, and put out their first ep a little while later. After relocating to Montreal they began work on Native Speaker, finally finishing it in late 2010.
After much gigging and work, their sites are set for broader horizons, having completed their very first U.S. tour and topping it off by appearing at SXSW.
The show in Berlin marks their very first foray on to European shores.
Pretty auspicious start. Pretty bright future. Pretty nice reception.
They like them in Berlin – so much so, they’re coming back in the Fall. They are also slated to come to Los Angeles in October.
Koko Taylor – sayin’ it, and the French, diggin’ it. (Photo: Peter Amft)
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/kokotaylor1993-11-15-bordeauxfrance.mp3]
Starting off the weekend with the inimitable Koko Taylor, live in Bordeaux, France on November 15, 1993.
The whole thing (or about an hours worth) recorded live from the stage by Radio France. Something that happens on an almost daily basis with radio and live concerts all over Europe. Funny, we have to go some 5,000 miles (give or take) to hear some of our national treasures.
I guess we take them for granted – they don’t.
In any case, here’s a good dose of downhome to get your weekend started.
Dig it, and come back for more.
- The Chicago Blues (chicagoline.wordpress.com)