Not a good day for the track relay team, but that guy from Louisville was something else.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – News From The 1960 Summer Olympics – NBC Radio – September 3, 1960 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
This week, 53 years ago, Rome was playing host to the 1960 Summer Olympics. In this report, re-capping the events for the day – it was about upbeat results in Swimming, Rowing and Basketball, offsetting the less-than-spectacular results in Track and Field. The U.S. Basketball team beat Yugoslavia 102-42, American Rowers qualified in five events, American swimmer Chris von Saltza won the Women’s 400 meter freestlye while Men’s teams won gold in 400 meter and 800 meter relays. And Light-Heavyweight Cassius Clay won over a Russian in Boxing.
After summing up the previous days activities, the broadcast switches to a live report from Rome during the 800 meter semi-final in Track and Field, where disappointing showings by the U.S. team continue, and another failure to qualify.
All that and a lot more, as reported by future gameshow host Monte Hall over NBC Radio for September 3, 1960.
Division of Laura Lee – mesmerizing and heady Alternative from Sweden.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Division of Laura Lee and JJ – live at Knarrholmen Festival, Sweden, August 21, 2013 – Sveriges Radio P3
Over to Sweden tonight for a live session from the 2013 Knarrholmen Festival featuring Indie/Alt/Post-Punk band Division of Laura Lee, combined with the Indie/Acoustic/Dream-Pop band JJ. The proceedings were recorded on August 21st in a special radio broadcast from the festival site.
No shortage of interesting and adventuresome bands coming out of Sweden in recent years, and Sveriges Radio (the Pubilc Broadcasting outlet in Sweden) have been busily recording everything for later broadcast, just to give you some idea of how interesting the current scene is over there.
And if you aren’t already familiar, here’s a good place to start.
Crank it up and enjoy.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – New York Philharmonic – Aaron Copland, guest Conductor – November 11, 1980 – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player- New York Philharmonic – Klaus Tennstedt, guest Conductor – November 11, 1980 – Part 2
Something historic again this week. The New York Philharmonic in concert from 1980, featuring Aaron Copland and Klaus Tennstedt, guest conductors. Copland was made Honorary Conductor of the Philharmonic on his 70th birthday in 1970 and he frequently returned over the years to lead the orchestra in his own works. This week he’s leading the orchestra (during the first half) in his Symphonic Ode.
The second half is given over to guest Conductor Klaus Tennstedt, who leads the orchestra in Mahler‘s Symphony Number 5.
The concert is broken up into two parts – Part 1 (top player) features the Copland and Part 2 (bottom player) features the Mahler.
Historic concert and the orchestra is top-notch as always. Two major figures in music, sadly no longer with us.
The broadcast date lists it as November 11, 1980, but I believe it was recorded in concert several weeks, if not months earlier. It’s 1980 for sure though.
One of the major figures in American Classical Music in the 1930s and 40s.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – John Alden Carpenter – Tango from Dance Suite – NBC Orchestra cond. by Henri Nosco – July 6, 1944 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Some Americana tonight – actually North Americana approximating South Americana by a popular composer of the 1930s and 1940s, John Alden Carpenter who premiered his Dance Suite in 1943. Carpenter was considered one of the more accessible of the Modern composers. His works had an adventuresome spirit, while maintaining an aura of the familiar and he was very popular among the group of Modern American Composers during that time.
This performance, the first broadcast of the 2nd movement, is from July 6, 1944 and features the NBC Studio Orchestra conducted by Henri Nosco, as part of the radio series Music Of The New World. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a commercial recording available of this Suite and certainly no commercial recording of this performance.
So something perhaps unfamiliar and rare, all at the same time.
And in 1980 they looked like this . . . .
Click on the link here for Audio Player – U2 – Live In Session at The BBC – 1980 – BBC 6 Music
Something familiar tonight, but early. U2 in 1980 as they were hitting the charts with I Will Follow (and the rest is history). It’s interesting to consider this band has been hugely successful for over 30 years now. I don’t recall at the time, that anyone really thought U2 were all that unique, except Bono had a compelling stage presence and the band had the ability to cross over to a larger mainstream audience.
They were also at the right place, at the right time.
But in 1980 it was still up in the air and U2 hadn’t been dubbed The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band In The World yet.
How times change.
. . . and the backup band, The New York Philharmonic, were no slouches either.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The New York Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl – September 1, 1963 – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The New York Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl – September 1, 1963 – Part 2
Another extreme rarity this week. One of the rare visits by The New York Philharmonic to The Hollywood Bowl. This one, featuring Music Director Leonard Bernstein and legendary soloists Jascha Heifetz, violin and Gregor Piatigorsky, cello. The concert was recorded and never broadcast, on September 1, 1963.
This was an all-Brahms concert. It opens with the Academic Festival Overture, followed by the Symphony Number 4. After intermission they are joined by Heifetz and Piatigorsky for the Double Concerto.
Since it’s still festival season, and this concert comes almost fifty years to the day (week after next), I couldn’t think of a better excuse than to run it. Besides, it’s doubtful this has ever been heard since it was recorded. So that makes it special all around.
It’s on two players – the top player features the Academic Festival Overture and the 4th Symphony. The bottom player features the Double Concerto. The audience applauds in almost all the wrong places and there is the odd airplane flying overhead. Ah . . .the outdoors in L.A.
George Whitefield Chadwick – symbolized American Classical Music before the age of Copland.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: George W. Chadwick – A Vagrom Ballad – NBC Studio Orchestra – Henri Nosco – June 28, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Before the likes of Aron Copland, Roy Harris and many other composers of the “modern period” of American Classical music revolutionized the concert stages of the world, the music of George Whitefield Chadwick, Horatio Parker, Amy Beach and equally many others, were mainstays of the “romantic period” of American Classical music into the first decade of the 20th century.
Most are relatively forgotten now, but a reassessment of the period has taken place and a number of works by these previously forgotten composers have seen the light of recent day.
One of those composers is George W. Chadwick. Ironically, tonights post, A Vagrom Ballad was recently given a new lease on life by way of a recent recording (2008) as well as a number of his other orchestral and instrumental works, and the overall impression has been favorable.
Tonight it’s a 1945 broadcast recording by The NBC Studio Orchestra, conducted by Henri Nosco as part of NBC’s Music Of The New World series, featuring George Whitfield Chadwick’s A Vagrom Ballad from his Symphonic Sketches, first aired on June 28, 1945.