Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 1: Real Filharmonia de Galicia in Concert – 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Part 2: Real Filharmonia de Galicia in Concert – 2
Over to Spain this week for a concert by Real Filharmonia de Galicia, recorded last December and featuring Harp sensation Xavier de Maistre in the Ginastera Concerto for Harp and Orchestra. Shepherding proceedings along is condutor Maximino Zumalave who also leads the orchestra in music of Guridi and Dvorak.
I’m not familiar with this orchestra, but I have been getting pretty blown away consistently with Orchestras considered “Regional”. I’ve been expecting to hear something akin to amateur or student in respect to playing, but this bunch is pretty top-notch. And it’s a pleasure to hear these unfamiliar bands run through their paces. Further evidence the Music World is alive and well and flourishing all over the world (well . . .most of it).
The concert runs just a little over 90 minutes, so it’s broken up between two players. The Guridi and Ginaster are on the top player. The Maistre encore and the Dvorak are on the bottom player.
And here’s what’s on the players:
Concierto celebrado en el Auditorio Galicia de Santiago de Compostela el 1 Deciembre de 2011
!. Guridi: Diez Melodias vascas
2.Ginastera: Concierto para arpa y orquesta (Xavier de Maistre, arp).
3. Dvorak: Sinfonia no. 8 en Sol mayor, Op. 88 B. 163 “Inglesa”.
Definitely qualifies for Anti-Road Rage music.
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?
Miles Davis – responsible for changing the direction of music a few times.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Miles Davis – Live at Salle Pleyel – 1969
The legendary Miles Davis this weekend. Featuring the classic Quintet lineup and recorded live by Radio France, direct from Salle Pleyel in Paris on November 3, 1969. As the story goes, there were two sets that Radio France had recorded – the second set was broadcast but the first set wasn’t. The second set has made the rounds with collectors for years and the sound, mono and somewhat dull, was the best that was available of this pivotal concert. However, in recent years the first set has surfaced from the archives of Radio France and the sound is vastly improved, and in stereo.
Here’s what’s on the player, along with the lineup of who’s playing:
Miles Davis Quintet
3 November 1969
Salle Pleyel, Paris
2. Bitches Brew
6. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
7. The Theme
Miles Davis (tp)
Wayne Shorter (ts, ss)
Chick Corea (elp)
Dave Holland (acoustic b)
Jack DeJohnette (dr)
Something else to be thankful for. Enjoy.
Yves Abel – another bright and promising light on the podium.
Click on the link here for Audio Player:Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias
Back after a two week hiatus, this week it’s back to Spain with a concert by Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, led by Yves Abel and featuring Basque-born cellist Asier Polo in music of Dutilleux, Rosini-Respighi and Liszt. It was recorded live in concert by the venerable Radio Nacional Espana’s Radio Clasica channel on February 17th of this year.
A little short, coming in at a little over an hour, but a good mid-week break.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
Concierto celebrado en el Auditorio Príncipe Felipe de
Oviedo el 17 de febrero de 2012.
DUTILLEUX: “Tout un monde lointain…”, concierto para
violonchelo y orquesta. RESPIGHI: La boutique
fantasque: Suite. LISZT: Los preludios, S. 97, R. 414. Asier.
Polo (vc.), Orq. Sinf. del Principado de Asturias. Dir.: Yves.
Both Abel and Polo are getting very good press throughout Europe. They are definitely two talents to watch for.
In the meantime, it’s Anti-Road Rage Wednesday (or Thursday where you are). So enjoy.
Fernand Oubradous – led one of the most influential ensembles of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Click on the link here for Audio player: Challan – Concerto Grosso for Three Trumpets & String Orch.
Another of the lately-less known French composers featured this weekend. Rene Challan is probably better recognized among collectors as the producer of some of the great recording sessions to come out of France in the 1950’s and 1960’s, associated with EMI France (Pathè Marconi). But he was also a talented and widely respected composer whose works haven’t been performed much, if at all, of late.
This weekend’s post comes from the seemingly endless mountain of French Radio transcriptions of the 1940’s and 1950’s and features Challan’s Concerto Grosso for Three Trumpets and String Orchestra, with Roger Delmotte as one of the trumpet solos.
The orchestra is led by the legendary performer/conductor Fernand Oubradous, whose numerous Chamber recordings for various labels in France in the 1930’s,40’s and 50’s were virtual benchmarks for many works being recorded for the first time.
This radio performance, from an unnamed concert venue and with an equally unnamed date, figures to be around 1948. The work itself was premiered in 1945 and I suspect this was one of the first performances of that piece. I am not sure if the work has ever been made available commercially and certainly this transcription hasn’t seen the light of reissue. So this may be something of rare treat for the curious.
A word of caution though – since a lot of these discs were stored in less-than-ideal circumstances, it may take an adventuresome spirit to go along with the curiosity. Sometimes the technical limitations of the actual performance recording are only magnified by the rotten sounding discs. But who says for Art you don’t suffer?
But honestly, it will take about 30 seconds to get used to and the piece itself is worth hearing. But I had to give you a heads-up.
Lee Konitz – Swinging in all directions.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Lee Konitz Nonet – Live – 1979
From NPR’s legendary and much lamented Jazz Alive! series comes this weekend’s Downbeat post. Recorded at the 3rd Annual Art Park Jazz Festival in Lewiston New York, between September 1-3, 1979 and featuring the Lee Konitz Nonet.
I have a number of more recent concerts from Konitz performing in Europe, and I will be putting those up over the coming months, but this one is not only a great concert, it’s also from one of the most adventuresome concert series produced for radio in the 1970’s at a time when radio was still important and Public Radio was still vital.
And Lee Konitz is heading up a great group on this session.
Julie London – adding a breathless touch to the proceedings.
Click on the link here for audio player: Bobby Troup-Julie London – 1956
Over to The Cameo Room in New York City this week for a session with The Bobby Troup Trio with Julie London on vocals.
Recorded on February 13, 1956, it features Julie London’s now immortal Cry Me A River.
A cool and sultry Sunday night offering.