Baiba Skride – That unique ability to speak directly through her violin.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Helsinki Phil. Concert – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Helsinki Phil. Concert – Part 2
Over to Finland this week for a concert by The Helsinki Philharmonic, conducted by Olari Elts and featuring Latvian String-sation Baiba Skride in music of Szymanowski and Rachmaninoff.
The concert is on two players and the top player has the Szymanowki and the bottom player has the Rachmaninoff.
Here’s what’s in store for you:
Olari Elts, Conductor
Baiba Skride, Violin
Recorded: January 24, 2013
1. Szymanowski – Concert Overture
Violin Concerto Nr. 1 (w/Skride)
2. Rachmaninoff: Symphony Nr. 2
The concert was recorded and broadcast live by YLE-Radio 1 in Helsinki. The announcements are in Finnish, but there’s aren’t enough to have you run to the Finnish-English dictionary.
Good concert – Nice Wednesday Anti-Road Rage stuff.
77 Bombay Street – the latest word out of Switzerland.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 77 Bombay Street – Live At Eurosonic 2013
Back over to this months Eurosonic 2013 Festival in Holland, recorded by the venerable (and thorough) VPRO Radio Channel in Hilversum. A set by Swiss Alternative/Indie band 77 Bombay Street.
I was under the impression the Eurosonic Festival was a means of exposing new talent to the rest of Europe. But no, not with 77 Bombay Street who, it comes to pass, have been together since 2007, have 2 albums out, won numerous awards and accolades all over Europe and just finished a 150 day tour of concerts, clubs and festivals.
Okay, so they’re not new. But they aren’t all that familiar over here – so maybe it’s for our benefit they’re being considered “new, up-and-coming-talent”.
Whatever the case is, here is a 40 minute set they did just a few days ago and, once again, come to realize music is climbing out of every corner of the globe – and a lot of it is worth checking out.
I don’t think they have a label here in the U.S., so the best thing for you to do is check out their website and see what they have available and what they’re up to.
I have a feeling this Summer is going to be crazy with Festival Season and the sheer numbers of new and undiscovered bands is going to be overwhelming.
But in the meantime . . . .
Laos – January 1961 – Writing on the wall, harbinger of things to come – you name it.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for January 24, 1961
Four days after his Inaugural and six days before his first State of The Union, President Kennedy was already presented with a full plate of crises, this January 24th in 1961.
Moscow‘s gesture at returning captured U.S. flyers, coupled with increased tensions in Laos, the situation in Cuba – the unsettling European financial situation brewing, the situation in the Congo – all of these presented enough challenges to occupy the White House for a good long time. But then there were domestic issues to deal with. Strikes within the Defense establishment were cause for concern on Capitol Hill, our own economic woes weren’t going away anytime soon.
And all of that on the first official meeting of President Kennedy’s cabinet, who had been sworn in only two days earlier.
A full plate indeed – and a plate only destined to become overflowing in the weeks and days ahead.
And that was The New Frontier as reported and analyzed by NBC Radio reporters on January 24, 1961.
A milestone for Women in the U.S. that’s still a point of argument 40 years later.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Roe v. Wade report – Jan. 22, 1973
Forty years ago today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that made a Woman’s right whether or not to choose to have an Abortion a legal right. Prior to this time it was illegal for a doctor to perform an Abortion under any circumstances, and those Women who chose to have an Abortion were forced to pursue methods that were not only unsafe, they were often times deadly.
But since this day 40 years ago, the debate continues to rage. The question of a Woman’s right to choose the destiny of her own body seems to have come into question by those, not with the proper physical parts to make that decision, who would like to revert back to the old days and dark ages. And those people, many of them, have taken it upon themselves to resort to violence under the somewhat hypocritical banner of “Right to Life”. An Epic Fail of logic . . . just sayin’.
Here is that initial report as broadcast over The NBC Nightly News for January 22, 1973.
Janine Micheau – one of the true gifts of the stage.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ravel- Sheherazade – 1951
A few weeks ago I ran a performance of Barraud’s Offrande, featuring the French National Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Bigot. After receiving a wonderful note from Bigot’s son, Jean-Pierre, I was informed, not only of the date of the broadcast but also what else was on that concert. This performance of Ravel‘s Shèhèrezade, featuring the legendary Coloratura Soprano Janine Micheau which opened the program.
Originally broadcast on November 2nd, 1951, here is Ravel’s Shèhèrazade.
A technical note regarding this recording. It was not stored in the best of shape. When I originally got it, it had no sleeve and was filled with scratches. I debated whether to run this piece at all, because I think it’s important that history be presented in the best possible light and in its most pristine form. Sadly, that was not possible. But rather than not offer this historic performance, which hasn’t been reissued in any circumstances, and it is somewhat doubtful even the originals exist, I tried as best as possible with all the technology at my disposal to make the offending ticks and pops at least bearable.
So I offer apologies from the get-go for any rotten sound you’ll encounter while listening to this piece. One thing is certain, the voice comes through wonderfully clear as does the orchestra. It’s just those damn ticks and pops . . .
For history you have to suffer every now and then . . .
But enjoy. And a special thanks to Jean-Pierre Bigot for his treasure-trove of notes.
When news finally did come out, it travelled rather quickly.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Year-End 1953
A year of contrasts, 1953 was. Between the Coronation of Princess Elizabeth to the gas chamber execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. It was an interesting year.
The news on Stalin was very slow in coming. It made scant mention in the Soviet Press at first. But then when the death of Josef Stalin was official, news travelled quickly throughout the world. And speculation was rife over just what was next in store for the world via The Soviet Union.
Happier news came from the UK with the Coronation of former Princess Elizabeth to assume the reign of Queen. The pomp and ceremony was the first Londoners had seen in a very long time and Coronation Mania reached a fevered-pitch throughout the Commonwealth.
The Korean War was dragging on, but with glimmers of hope. The U.S. inaugurated its first Republican President since Hoover, and Dwight Eisenhower took over the highest office in the nation. The Eisenhower Years were getting underway.
And that’s just a small sample of what went on in the world, this year of 1953, as presented as part of the Voices and Events series from NBC Radio and it’s year-end wrapup of news events.
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?
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Van Der Graaf Generator – In Session – 1970
One of the most influential bands of the early 70’s Progressive Movement was Van der Graaf Generator. Virtually unknown in the U.S., save for pockets of intense collectors scattered around the country, Van der Graaf were biggest in Europe and huge in Italy, where they toured often and where a whole generation of Italian bands sprang up, seemingly overnight, because of them.
Tonight it’s one of their sessions for the BBC. Recorded on January 27, 1970.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Van Der Graaf Generator
BBC Radio 1 – January 27, 1970
2. After The Flood
Still cited by a number of present-day bands as a source of influence, Van der Graaf pioneered a sound and managed to achieve a permanent level of freshness and intensity in the process. They really haven’t aged a bit.
But that’s just me.