29 October 2008

"How did you arrive?"

"I came by coach."

"By coach? But there's no road! You don't mind spending the 10th Annual Halloween Edition of the Komodo Dragon Show in the Tapestry Room, do you? The previous guest was found dead in the morning, clutching a crucifix, two small puncture wounds in his neck. It turns out he had slept on his dentures, which had slipped out during the night."

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (1830)
Transcribed by Franz Liszt (1833)
Idil Biret - piano
Naxos, 8.550725

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

2. Richard Wagner: Eine Faust-Overtüre (1855; rec. Berlin 22 Sep. 1944)
Hermann Abendroth - conductor, Berlin Philharmonic
Hermann Abendroth: Unissued Broadcast Performances, 1939-1950 Disc 1
Music & Arts, CD 1065

3. "Never Bet the Devil Your Head" from The CBS Radio Workshop (broadcast CBS 28 July 1957)
Story by Edgar Allan Poe (1841)
Alan Botzer - adaptor
Jack Johnstone - director
Amerigo Moreno - music supervisor
John Dehner - Edgar Allan Poe
Hugh Douglas - Announcer
Eleanor Audley - Mother Dammit
Leone LeDoux - Baby Toby
Richard Beals - Young Toby
Daws Butler - Toby Dammit
Howard McNear - The Devil
("A lesson to all riotous livers." Above, Eleanor Audley in wicked stepmother mode.)

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

4. Bernard Herrmann: The Devil & Daniel Webster (1941)
Bernard Herrmann - conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Unicorn-Kanchana, UKCD 2065

5. Evolution Control Committee: Sperms Got Germs (1994)
Double The Phat & Still Tasteless
(Sent to me by a little birdie. The entire instrumental track is apparently ripped from bits of Sammy Davis jr. records.)

6. Franz Liszt: Totentanz (1865)
Arranged by Martin Kennedy & Lara St. John (2006)
Sarah Ioannides - conductor, Lara St. John - violin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Ancalagon, ANC 133

7. Bernard Herrmann: "The Tomb - Sandra" & "The Church - Court's Confession - Bryn Mawr" from Obsession (1975)
Bernard Herrmann - conductor, National Philharmonic Orchestra
Unicorn-Kanchana, UKCD 2065

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