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.
Sir Georg Solti leads the CSO in another Classic Concert this week.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Chicago Symphony – Opening of 1977-1978 Season – Sir Georg Solti, conductor – Part 1
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Chicago Symphony – Opening of 1977-1978 Season – Sir Georg Solti, conductor – Part 2
Another classic concert from the Past Daily Vaults. This week it’s the opening concert of the 1977-1978 season of the Chicago Symphony conducted by the legendary Sir Georg Solti.
No soloists and a pretty straight-forward program. But still, it’s Solti and with him it was always exciting.
So here’s what’s on the players:
1. Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture
2. Shostakovich – Symphony Number 1
1. Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
2. Richard Strauss: Don Juan
Since it’s not an overseas concert, all the announcements are in English and given by the venerable Norman Pellegrini.
Not sure how much of an Anti-Road Rage Wednesday concert this winds up being, but it makes for good listening just the same.
To him, the Piano was no place for Shrinking Violets.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Challan-Piano Concerto – French National Orchestra, Manuel Rosenthal, Conductor – Samson Francois, Piano – ORTF 1955
I am only guessing when I say this broadcast recording from the ORTF is from circa 1953. Since I have no access to exact recording dates, I can only say it predates the commercial recording, which also featured Samson Francois, but featured the Paris Conservatory conducted by Georges Tzipine – that one was recorded in 1958 for French Columbia. In either event, this recording is probably the first broadcast performance, since it premiered in 1943 and there doesn’t seem to be any recording of that, at least for now.
Renè Challan came from a musical family, his brother Henri was also a composer and he is the father of Harpist Annie Challan. Even though he was a gifted and well regarded composer, Challan’s primary reputation was that of Artistic Director for the Pathè-Marconi label and the careers of some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century which he guided from 1945-1975. Without question, just about every classical recording made or originated by Pathè-Marconi from that period bears his name.
This weekend it’s the work of Renè Challan the composer – his Piano Concerto as performed on this broadcast by The French National Orchestra, conducted by Manuel Rosenthal and featuring the dramatic and legendary pianist Samson Francois.
George Shearing – complete with Strings.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – then click Save As to download: George Shearing – LIve At The Hollywood Bowl – Boys Club Benefit 1961
Part of a longer concert featuring a wide range of talent as part of a Boys Club benefit in 1961 (the same benefit the Bob Newhart clip came from a few weeks ago), George Shearing offered up a short but really lovely set to coincide with his newly released Velvet Carpet album for Capitol, featuring the Quintet and Strings.
Enjoy and hit “repeat” often. This is another concert that’s never been heard before and long thought lost. You’re hearing it here first.