30 December 2009

Good morning. I'm on holidays. The broadcast resumes, and in a new easterly direction, on January 6th.

23 December 2009

I've received complaints that I play too much B minor. This week we spend time in A, venturing as far as F. F n' A. That about sums it up.

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

1. Franz Schubert: String Quartet No.13 in A minor "Rosamunde" (1824)
Amadeus Quartet: Norbert Brainin - violin, Siegmund Nissel - violin, Peter Schidlof - viola, Martin Lovett - cello
The Legendary Amadeus Quartet: Recordings 1951-1957
Brilliant Classics, 93807
30:51

2. Béla Bartók: String Quartet No.1 in A minor (1908-09)
Emerson String Quartet: Eugene Drucker - violin, Philip Setzer - violin, Lawrence Dutton - viola, David Finckel - cello
Deutsche Grammophon, 423 657-2
29:03

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

3. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.59 in A major "Fire" (1767?)
Trevor Pinnock - conductor, The English Concert
Archiv Produktion, 427 661-2
17:05

4. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.40 in F major (1763)
Adam Fischer - conductor, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
Haydn: The Symphonies Vol.3
Nimbus Records, NI 5530/34
17:17

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

5. Jean Sibelius: Symphony No.4 in A minor (1910-11; rec. 10 Dec. 1937)
Thomas Beecham - conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Naxos, 8.110867
32:37

6. J. S. Bach: Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1720)
James Ehnes - violin
Analekta, AN 2 2018-9
30:43

16 December 2009

Attack of the killer behemoth bi-Bösendorfers in music by Brahms, Bartók, Bolcom, and Britten.

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

1. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor op.98 (1885)
Arranged by Johannes Brahms
Silke-Thora Matthies & Christian Köhn - pianos
Brahms: Four Hand Piano Music Vol.15
Naxos, 8.557685
40:33

2. Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos op.56b (1873)
Emanuel Ax & Yefim Bronfman - pianos
Brahms: Music for 2 Pianos
Sony Classical, SK 89868
17:45

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

3. Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin (1918-24)
Arranged by Béla Bartók (1921)
Le Duo Ouellet/Murray: Claire Ouellet & Sandra Murray - pianos
CBC Records, MVCD1094
31:31

4. Béla Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion (1937)
Linea Ensemble: Ulrike Minkoff & Sébastien Risler - pianos, William Blank & Yves Brustaux - percussion
Pyramid Records, 13504
25:27

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

5. William Bolcom: Frescoes (1971)
Elizabeth & Marcel Bergmann - pianos, harmonium & harpsichord
Bolcom: Music for Two Pianos
Naxos, 8.559244
28:18

6. Benjamin Britten: Introduction & Rondo alla Burlesca (1940)
9:21

7. Benjamin Britten: Mazurka elegiaca (1941)
7:12

Tracks 6-7
Sviatoslav Richter & Vassili Lobanov - pianos
Philips, 420 157-2

09 December 2009

100% Armenian music, including the world premiere broadcast of three works by Alan Hovhaness with pianist Paul Hersey.

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

1. Arno Babadjanian: Piano Trio (1952)
Trio Con Brio: Sergej Azizjan - violin, Hege Waldeland - cello, Paul Rosenbaum - piano
Scandinavian Classics, 220518-205
21:10

2. Gomidas Vartabed: Keler tsoler (Striding, Beaming)
4:02

3. Gomidas Vartabed: Gakavi yerke (Song of the Partridge)
0:55

4. Gomidas Vartabed: Dzirani dzar (Apricot Tree)
3:57

5. Gomidas Vartabed: Karoona (Spring)
3:16

6. Gomidas Vartabed: Groong (The Crane)
4:56

Tracks 2-6 (rec. Yerevan, Armenia Aug.-Sep. 2005)
Arranged by Serouj Kradjian
Isabel Bayrakdarian - soprano, Eduard Topchjan - conductor, Chamber Players of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Isabel Bayrakdarian: Gomidas Songs
Nonesuch, 511487-2

7. Traditional: Akh im champen (Ah, My Road)
3:42

8. Traditional: Es gisher, lusnak gisher (Tonight the Moon Is Full)
3:56

9. Traditional: Kali yerg (Harvest Song)
5:36

Tracks 7-9 (rec. Yerevan, Armenia 1996)
Gevorg Dabagian - duduk, Grigor Takushian & Eduard Harutunian - duduk dam [drone], Kamo Khachaturian - dhol
The Music of Armenia Vol.3: Duduk
Celestial Harmonies, 13117-2
("[Dabagian's] performances of traditional Armenian folk music are considered by purists to be free of foreign influence." Now for some foreign influence...)

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

10. Djivan Gasparyan & Michael Brook: Forbidden Love (1998)
Djivan Gasparyan - duduk & vocals, Michael Brook - guitar
Black Rock
Realworld, 7243 8 46230 2 9
5:39
(...which I had to restrain myself from fading out. You get the idea of how not to do world music.)

11. Aram Khachaturian: The Valencian Widow Suite (1940)
24'

12. Loris Tjeknavorian: Danses fantastiques (1961)
18'

Tracks 11-12
Loris Tjeknavorian - conductor, Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
ASV, CD DCA 884

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

13. Alan Hovhaness: Poseidon Sonata op. 191 (1957)
10:52

14. Alan Hovhaness: Sonatina op. 120 (1962)
6:09

15. Alan Hovhaness: Three Haikus Op. 113 (1965)
5:16

Tracks 13-15
Paul Hersey - piano
Hovhaness: Solos, Duos, Trios
OgreOgress productions, 884502 299595

16. Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No.60 "To the Appalachian Mountains" op. 396 (1985)
Gerard Schwarz - conductor, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Naxos, 8.559294
34'

02 December 2009

Get set to slum around the 19th century. Visit the Republic of MacDowell. Go dunk your head in the Bosphorus with Lord Byron, or is that Sir Richard Burton?

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

1. Franz Liszt: Excelsior!: Preludio to the Bells of Strasburg Cathedral (1874)
Leslie Howard - piano
Liszt: The Complete Music for Solo Piano 36: Excelsior! & Other Rare Original Works
Hyperion Records, CDA66995
3:41
(You'd be crazy to climb to façade of Strasburg Cathedral.)

2. Edward MacDowell: Woodland Sketches (1896)
Arranged by Lucas Asselbergs
The Beau Hunks: Ilona de Groot - violin, Tineke de Jong - violin, Charles Mutter - viola, Eelco Beinema - cello, Ronald Jansen Heijtmajer - clarinet & bass clarinet, Leendert de Jonge - flute & alto flute
Basta, 30-90382
20:12

3. Edward MacDowell: Woodland Sketches (1896)
Alan Mandel - piano
Piano Works of Edward MacDowell
Phoenix USA, PHCD 148
19:56

4. Edward MacDowell: Two Fragments after the Song of Roland (1891)
10:20
(Right, oh what a lovely war. The death of Roland at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass, 778.)

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

5. Edward MacDowell: Hamlet/Ophelia (1885)
17:20

6. Edward MacDowell: Lancelot und Elaine (1888)
18:27

7. Edward MacDowell: Lamia (1887-88)
17:33

Tracks 4-7
Karl Krueger - conductor, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward MacDowell: The Symphonic Poems
Bridge Records, 9089

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

8. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony (1885)
Maurice Abravanel - conductor, Utah Symphony Orchestra
MMG/Vox Prima, MWCD 7123
52:37

25 November 2009

All that glisters is not gould. There's three hours of pleasant, if workmanly, 19th century Russian music on this week's show.

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

1. Mikhail Glinka: Variations on an Original Theme in F major (ca. 1822-24)
9:15

2. Mikhail Glinka: Variations on the Romance Benedetta sia la madre (1825)
13:52

Tracks 1-2
Victor Ryabchikov - piano
Glinka: Complete Piano Music Vol.2
BIS, BIS-CD-980

3. Mikhail Glinka: Potpourri from A Life for the Tsar (1834-36)
Arranged by Vladimir Morkov (ca. 1856-58)
11:02

4. Mikhail Glinka: Trot de cavalerie (1838-39)
Arranged by Oleg Timofeyev
2:42

Tracks 3-4
The Czar's Guitars: John Schneiderman & Oleg Timofeyev - Russian seven-string guitars
Music of Mikhail Glinka in 19th Century Transcriptions for Two Guitars
Profil Edition Günter Hänssler, PH07008

5. Mikhail Glinka: Four Musical Essays (A Greeting to My Native Land) (1847)
Victor Ryabchikov - piano
Glinka: Complete Piano Music Vol.1
BIS, BIS-CD-979
27:27

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

6. Mikhail Glinka: Waltz Fantasy (1839, orch. 1856)
Rouslan Raychev - conductor, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra
LaserLight, 15 635
8:20

7. Alexander Glazunov: Rêverie (1890)
3:58

8. Alexander Glazunov: Serenade (1884)
3:52

9. Alexander Glazunov: Idyll (1884)
7:30

Tracks 7-9
Werner Andreas Albert - conductor, Marie Luise Neunecker - horn, Bamberger Symphoniker
Russische Hornkonzerte
Koch Schwann, 3-1357-2 H1

10. Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concerto (1904)
Chosei Komatsu - conductor, Martin Beaver - violin, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Russian Serenade
CBC Records, SMCD 5209
19:30

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

11. Mikhail Glinka: Kamarinskaya (1848)
Kazuhiro Koizumi - conductor, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
CBC Records, SMCD 5089
6:33
(Don't confuse your Kamarinskaya with your Kalinka.)

12. Reinhold Glière: Four Pieces for Horn & Piano (1908)
Marie Luise Neunecker - horn, Paul Rivinius - piano
13'

13. Reinhold Glière: Concerto for Horn & Orchestra (1950)
Werner Andreas Albert - conductor, Marie Luise Neunecker - horn, Bamberger Symphoniker
25'

Tracks 12-13
Russische Hornkonzerte
Koch Schwann, 3-1357-2 H1

18 November 2009

Silver apples on the moon but no Subotnick?! Three hours of late 1960s oscillations, for you, with me, this Wednesday.

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

1. George Harrison: Under the Mersey Wall (1969)
18:40

2. George Harrison: No Time or Space (1968)
25:05

Tracks 1-2
George Harrison - Moog synthesizer (with a little help from his friends)
George Harrison: Electronic Sound
EMI, 7243 8 55239 2 2

3. R. D. Burman & Anand Bakshi: "Dum Maro Dum" from Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)
Asha Bhosle & Chorus
R. D. Burman: A Bollywood Legend
Times Square Records, TSQCD9064
2:35

4. Starship Beer: You Fly in My Brain Like an Airplane (1979)
Starship Beer: Wes Mingin - electric guitar, Pat O'Brien - voice, Kevin Whitehead - electric bass
Starship Beer: Nut Music as Free as the Squirrels
Unheard Music Series, ALP220CD
3:06

5. Lucia Pamela & K. & S. Irwin: Walking on the Moon (1969)
Lucia Pamela - vocals
Into Outer Space with Lucia Pamela
ARF! ARF!, AA-037
3:07

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

6. Silver Apples (1968)
31:43
(Yes, the whole album. You get to do that on college radio.)

7. Contact (1969)
39:46
(Whole album again.)

Tracks 6-7
Silver Apples: Danny Taylor - percussion & vocals, Simeon - the simeon ["nine audio oscillators and eighty-six manual controls"], banjo & vocals
TRC Records, 039

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

8. Timothy Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (1967)
Timothy Leary - narrator, Maryvonne Giercarz - veena, Lars Eric - guitar, Richard Bond - tabla
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Performance Records, PERF 389CD
36:09

9. Barry Truax: Solar Ellipse (1984-85)
Barry Truax: Digital Soundscapes
Cambridge Street Records, CSR-CD 8701
11:14

11 November 2009

100% award-winning Manitoba music on this week's show.

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

1. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Sonata No.1 (1923)
13'

2. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Sonata No.2 "Die Biscaya Sonate" (1923)
23'

Tracks 1-2
Marc-André Hamelin - piano
Altarus Records, AIR CD 9052

3. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Solo Violin Concerto (1925, rec. Berlin June-Oct. 1934)
S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté - violin
Odeon, O-6973-76
31'

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

4. Robert Turner: Manitoba Memoir (1989)
Simon Streatfeild - conductor, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
13:69

5. Robert Turner: Third Symphony (1990)
Bramwell Tovey - conductor, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
26:40

Tracks 4-5
Canadian Composers Portraits: Robert Turner
Centrediscs, CMCCD 9704

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

6. Sid Robinovitch: Suite for Klezmer Band & Orchestra (1990)
Finjan: Victor Schultz - violin, Daniel Koulack - guitar, Myron Schultz - clarinet, Shayla Fink - accordion, Kinzey Posen - bass, Sasha Boychouk - alto sax; Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey - conductor
Klezmer Suite: Music of Sid Robinovitch
CBC Records, SMCD 5212
26:56

7. Sid Robinovitch: Rodas Recordada (2005)
Text by Guillermo Díaz-Plaja
Stacey Nattrass - soprano, Kirsten Schellenberg - alto, Kris Kornelson - baritone, Ryszard Tyborowski - guitar, Connie Gitlin - clarinet, Mark Rudoff - cello
Sefarad: Music of Sid Robinovitch
Marquis, 774718138927
13:10
(Read the background to this remarkable composition here.)

8. Ludwig van Beethoven: Third movement: Lento assai e cantate tranquillo from String Quartet op.135 (1826)
Transcribed for string orchestra by Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein - conductor, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon, 435 779-2
10:01

04 November 2009

You can be part of radio history. Tune in today for the world premiere broadcast of two spacey (in the sense of having a lot of space/silence between the phrases) songs by Morton Feldman and Barbara Monk Feldman. That's real minimalism for you! The songs will be played at the top of each hour, with the rest of the music unfolding from there.

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

1. Barbara Monk Feldman: The Gentlest Chord (1991)
Text by Rainer Maria Rilke, from Sonnets to Orpheus (1922)
Gwen Faasen - voice
3:01

2. Morton Feldman: Followe Thy Faire Sunne (1962)
Text by Thomas Campion (1601)
Brian Craig - voice, Glenn Freeman - chime
1:54

Tracks 1 & 2
Morton Feldman & Barbara Monk Feldman: Strings, Keyboard, Percussion, Voices, Horn
OgreOgress productions, 884502 407204

3. Jacob Druckman: Reflections on the Nature of Water (1986)
Daniel Druckman - marimba
Naxos, 8.559260
15:17

4. Chick Corea: Crystal Silence (rec. 1994)
Chick Corea - piano, Gary Burton - vibraphone
Music Forever & Beyond: The Selected Works of Chick Corea 1964-1996
GRP Records, GRD-5-9819
8:47

5. William Penn: Diversions for Alto Saxophone & Marimba (1992)
Michael N. Jacobson - alto saxophone, Todd Meehan - marimba
America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax Vol.X
Arizona University Recordings, AUR CD 3124
18'

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

6. Barbara Monk Feldman: The Gentlest Chord (1991)
3:01

7. Morton Feldman: Followe Thy Faire Sunne (1962)
1:54

8. Thomas Campion: The Cypress Curtain of the Night (1601)
Folger Consort: Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor, Christopher Kendall - lute
This England: Music from the Time of Shakespeare
Bard Records, n.n.
4:27

9. Anton Webern: Six Bagatelles for String Quartet op.9 (1913)
Lasalle Quartet: Walter Levin - 1st violin, Henry Meyer - 2nd violin, Peter Kamnitzer - viola, Jack Kirstein - cello
Neue Wiener Schule
Deutsche Grammophon, 419 994-2
4'

10. Anton Webern: Drei Lieder nach Gedichten von Hildegard Jone op.25 (1934)
Text by Hildegard Jone
Christiane Oelze - soprano, Eric Schneider - piano
Anton Webern: Lieder
Deutsche Grammophon, 447 103-2
4:44

11. Charles Ives: From "Night of Frost in May" (1899)
1:11

12. Charles Ives: Weil' auf mir ("Eyes So Dark") (1902)
2:02

13. Charles Ives: Kären (1894)
1:08

14. Charles Ives: Feldeinsamkeit ("In Summer Fields") (1900)
2:28

15. Charles Ives: Rosamunde (1898)
1:51

16. Charles Ives: Omens & Oracles (c. 1900)
2:32

17. Charles Ives: Berceuse (1900)
1:25

Tracks 11-17
Arranged by Mathew Fuerst
Jasper Wood - violin, David Riley - piano
Ives: Works for Violin & Piano
Endeavour Classics, END 1012

18. Meredith Monk: Three Heavens & Hells (1992)
Text by Tennessee Reed
Allison Easter, Dina Emerson, Katie Geissinger & Meredith Monk - voices
Meredith Monk: Volcano Songs
ECM New Series, ECM 1589
21:15

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

19. Morton Feldman: Followe Thy Faire Sunne (1962)
1:54

20. Barbara Monk Feldman: The Gentlest Chord (1991)
3:01

21. Johannes Tinctoris: Missa trium vocum (c. 1500)
Roger Blanchard Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble, Roger Blanchard - director
Nonesuch Records, H-71048
45'

28 October 2009

Don't fecklessly lemming off the cliff of a younger demographic like a certain public broadcaster. Tune into the Komodo Dragon Show for your long-haired music this Wednesday morning.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.6 "Pastoral" (1808)
Transcribed by Franz Liszt (1837)
Liszt Piano Music Vol.19
Konstantin Scherbakov - piano
Naxos, 8.557170
39:30

2. Franz Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (1823)
Text by Wilhelm Müller (1820)
Arranged by John W. Duarte & Konrad Ragossnig
Peter Schreier - tenor, Konrad Ragossnig - guitar
Seraphim, S-60369
64'
(Not that schöne Müllerin. A childhood story read to us by our parents. Pictures say a thousand words.)

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

3. Carl Nielsen: Aladdin (1919)
Text by Adam Oehlenschläger (1805)
Gennady Rozhdestvensky - conductor, Mette Ejsing - alto, Guido Paevatalu - baritone, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir
Chandos, CHAN 9135
79:15
(The Danish Peer Gynt.)

21 October 2009

"...piling up of the overtone spectrum...." - Alfred Schnittke

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Boris Tishchenko: No.12 "D. D. Shostakovich" from Twelve Portraits for Organ (1992)
Hervé Désarbre - organ, Alexei Korzoune - timpani
Le chant du monde, LDC 77781124
12:18
(A portrait of Shostakovich without the D-S-C-H motive?!)

2. Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No.3 (1981)
Eri Klas - conductor, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
BIS, CD-477
49:22

3. Morton Feldman: Piano & Voices (1972)
Joan La Barbara - soprano, Ralph Grierson - piano & celeste
Only: Works for Voice & Instruments: Morton Feldman
New Albion Records, NA085CD
17:35
(5 pianos, 1 celeste, 5 voices.)

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

4. Lubomyr Melnyk: The Lund-St. Petri Symphony (1979)
Lubomyr Melnyk - piano
Apparition Records, A0781-2
90'

14 October 2009

Four on the floor plus one. String quartets with a little augmentation.

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

1. Lejaren Hiller: String Quartet No.5 (in Quarter-Tones) (1962)
The Concord String Quartet: Mark Sokol & Andrew Jennings - violins, John Kochanowski - viola, Norman Fischer - cello
American String Quartets 1950-1970
Vox Box, CDX 5143
26:52

2. Pavel Haas: String Quartet No.2 "From the Monkey Mountains" (1925)
Pavel Haas Quartet: Venonika Jarusková - 1st violin, Katerina Gemrotová - 2nd violin, Pavel Niki - viola, Peter Jarusek - cello, Colin Currie - percussion
Supraphon, SU 3877-2
31:46

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

3. Arnold Schönberg: String Quartet No.2 in F# minor op.10 (1908, rec. Los Angeles 31 Dec. 1936)
Text by Stefan George (1907)
Clemence Gifford - soprano, Kolisch Quartet: Rudolf Kolisch - violin, Felix Khuner - violin, Eugene Lehner - viola, Benar Heifetz - cello
In Honor of Rudolf Kolisch
Music & Arts, CD-1056
28:34

4. Alex Shapiro: Current Events (2003)
Miwako Watanabe & Connie Kupka - violins, Victoria Miskolczy & David Walther - violas, David Speltz - cello
Alex Shapiro: Notes from the Kelp
Innova Recordings, 683
15:35

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

5. Brian Cherney: String Trio (1976)
Otto Armin - violin, Rivka Golani - viola, Peter Schenkman - cello
Ovation Vol.4
CBC Records, PSCD 2029-4
20:57

6. Franz Schubert: Quintet for Strings in C major D.956 (1828)
Alban Berg Quartett: Günter Pichler - violin, Gerhard Schulz - violin, Thomas Kakuska - viola, Valentin Erben - cello; Heinrich Schiff - cello
EMI, 7243 5 66942 2 4
47:33

07 October 2009

A random walk through the vinyl in my recroom. Yes, whole albums!

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

1. Richard Wagner: "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walküre (1870)
3:17

2. Richard Wagner: "Siegfried's Funeral March" from Götterdämmerung (1876)
7:44

3. Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin (1850)
6:11

4. Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin (1850)
3:12

5. Richard Wagner: Prelude to Tristan und Isolde (1865)
6:55

6. Richard Wagner: "Love-Death" from Tristan und Isolde (1865)
6:18

7. Richard Wagner: "Wedding March" from Lohengrin (1850)
2:36

8. Richard Wagner: "Pilgrims' Chorus" from Tannhäuser (1845)
3:54

Tracks 1-8
Arranged by Stan Kenton (1964)
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Kenton/Wagner
Capitol Records, TAO 2217
("Modern Wagnerian themes, complemented by classically-sensitive Stan Kenton arrangements, create for you an expressive musical experience and emphasize why Wagner and Kenton belong to every age.")

9. Nacio Herb Brown: Doll Dance
2:19

10. Kerry Mills: At a Georgia Camp Meeting
2:12

11. Arthur Pryor: The Whistler & His Dog
2:18

12. Ray Bauduc & Bob Haggart: South Rampart Street Parade
2:38

13. Antonín Dvořák: Humoresque
2:30

14. King, Bivens & Kahn: Josephine
2:22

15. W. C. Handy: St. Louis Blues
2:00

16. Edward B. Claypoole: Ragging the Scale
2:08

Tracks 9-16 (rec. 1953)
Milt Herth Trio
Hi-Jinks on the Hammond
Capitol Records, H-425
(What's a recroom without a few Hammond organ LPs? Herth makes it sound so effortless on this 10-incher, the way he plucks those melodies out of the air.)

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

17. Andrew Rudin: Tragoedia (1967-68)
Nonesuch Records, H-71198
40'
(Lest you think my recroom is populated entirely by cheesy recordings, here's a classic for electronic music synthesizer.)

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

18. Jim Fassett: Strange to Your Ears: The Fabulous World of Sound (1960)
Columbia Records, ML 4938
(Jim Fassett explains how it's all done.)

19. Otto Joachim: 5.9 (1971)
5:54
(Otto Joachim turns 99 next week!)

20. Paul Pedersen: For Margaret, Motherhood & Mendelssohn (1971)
4:20

21. Micheline Coulombe-Saint-Marcoux: Zones (1972)
9:00

Tracks 19-21
"Carrefour": Musique électro-acoustique/Electroacoustic Music
Radio Canada International, RCI 373

30 September 2009

This week's show recasts the epitaph on Christopher Wren's tomb in St. Paul's Cathedral: "Si monumentum requiris, circumaudi." [If you seek a monument, listen around you.]

Set #1 - 8:00am - 8:45am

1. Valentyn Silvestrov: Excerpts from Fleeting Melodies
Bohdana Pivenko - violin, Valeriy Matiukhin - piano
Rostok Records, n.n.
45'

Set #2 - 8:45am - 10:00am

2. Elodie Lauten: Waking in New York (1999)
Text by Allen Ginsburg
Mark Duer - baritone, Meredith Borden - soprano, Tyler Azelton - soprano, Sherrita Duran - soprano, Grigory Kalinovsky - violin, Jaram Kim - violin, Tania Askins - viola, Andrei Tchekmazov - cello, Rafael Agudelo - double bass, Ulla Suokkko - flute, Bill Ruyle - drums, Mustafa Ahmed - percussion, Elodie Lauten - synthesizer
4-Tay Records, CD 4023
66:32
(From the composer's website: "Waking in New York is about experiencing daily life in New York through the eyes of Ginsberg, pictured in the later part of his life.")

3. Sunny Skylar & Consuelo Velazques: Besame Mucho (rec. NYC Feb.-Mar. 1954)
Artie Shaw - clarinet, Hank Jones - piano, Tal Farlow - guitar, Tommy Porter - bass, Joe Roland - vibes, Irv Kluger - drums
Artie Shaw: The Last Recordings
Musicmasters, 01612-65071-2
4:05

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

4. John Burke: Remember Your Power (1998-2000)
Jane Hayes - piano, Laura Barron - flute, Tony Nickels - oboe, English horn & oboe d'amore, François Houle - clarinet, Sheila McDonald - violin, Peggy Lee - cello, Laurence Mollerop - double bass, John Celona - conductor
Remember Your Power: Music of John Burke
Centrediscs, CMCCD 10104
59:31

23 September 2009

Science writer and ufological expert Chris Rutkowski (who hosts his own show Mysterious! on UMFM Thursdays at 9pm) joins me in the third hour to discuss music from UFO- and alien-themed movies. But first -- 90 minutes of Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman, Hollywood podiatrist and thereminist to the stars.

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

1. Dmitri Tiomkin: Thing (From Another World): Suite (1951)
Charles Gerhardt - conductor, Yvonne Loriod - ondes Martenot, National Philharmonic Orchestra
The Spectacular World of Classic Film Scores
RCA Victor, 2792-2-RG
10:33

2. Harry Revel: Lunar Rhapsody
3:01

3. Harry Revel: Moon Moods
2:54

4. Harry Revel: Lunette
2:52

Tracks 2-4 (rec. 1947)
Les Baxter - conductor, Samuel Hoffman - theremin
Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman & the Theremin Disc 1: Music out of the Moon
Basta, 30-9093-2

5. Bernard Herrmann: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Bernard Herrmann, Lionel Newman or Alfred Newman - conductor, Samuel Hoffman - theremin
The Day the Earth Stood Still Film Score
Fox Records, 07822-11010-2
36'

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

6. Bernard Herrmann: "Alternative Theremin Mixes" & "Studio Rehearsal & Outtakes" from The Day the Earth Stood Still (rec. Aug. 1951)
Bernard Herrmann, Lionel Newman or Alfred Newman - conductor, Samuel Hoffman - theremin
Downloaded from here
12:58

7. Peter Thomas: Chariots of the Gods (1970)
The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra
Chariots of the Gods Original Soundtrack
Polydor, 2371 035
35'

8. Cy Coben: Alien
Leonard Nimoy - vocal
You Are Not Alone
MCA Special Products, MCAC-20409
1:58

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

9. Danny Elfman: "Main Titles" from Mars Attacks! (1996)
Artie Kane - conductor
Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Mars Attacks!
La-La Land Records, LLLCD 1096
2:24

10. Jerry Goldsmith: "Main Title" from Alien (1979)
4:12

11. Jerry Goldsmith: "Main Title (rescored)" from Alien (1979)
4:11

Tracks 10-11
Lionel Newman - conductor, National Philharmonic Orchestra
Alien: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Intrada, B0010185-02

12. John Williams: "Wild Signals" from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
John Williams - conductor
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Collector's Edition Soundtrack
Arista, 07822-19004-2
4:12

13. Herman Stein: "Main Title", "Jet West" & "Color Blind" from This Island Earth (1955)
Masatoshi Mitsumoto - conductor, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Slovakia
This Island Earth (and Other Alien Invasion Films)
Monstrous Movie Music, MMM-1954
4'

14. Jerry Goldsmith: "Free Ride" from Explorers (1985)
Jerry Goldsmith - conductor
Explorers: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Varèse Sarabande, VSD-5261
3:33

16 September 2009

A festival of circumscribed pitch sets.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Andrey Eshpay: Hungarian Tunes: A Rhapsody for Violin & Piano (1952-53)
9:16

2. Andrey Eshpay: Evening Shadows (1994)
8:25

Tracks 1-2
L. Dmiterko - violin, Andrey Eshpay - piano
Moscow Musical Publishers-Harmony, n.n.

3. Traditional: Russian Northern Wedding (rec. 1989)
Valentina Alimova - director, Leshukonsky Folk Choir
Melodiya, SUCD 11-00325
72'
(Incredible hard-edged singing. You should look up what Huxley says about the build-up of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream as an aid to visionary experience.)

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

4. Igor Stravinsky: Les noces (1923)
Robert Craft - conductor, Alison Wells - soprano, Susan Bickley - mezzo-soprano, Martyn Hill - tenor, Alan Ewing - basso-profundo, Simon Joly Chorale, International Piano Quartet, Tristan Fry Percussion Ensemble
Naxos, 8.557499
24:10

5. Bernard Herrmann: Sisters (1973)
Bernard Herrmann - conductor
Sisters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Southern Cross, SCCD 903
42:37
(Brian De Palma's movie about family togetherness. Bernard Herrmann's athematic score.)

6. Bernard Herrmann: The Assassination of Leon Trotsky (1953-54)
Arranged by Antoine Bustros
Ensemble Ulysse: Antoine Bustros - conductor, Matthieu Bélanger - clarinet, Bernard Daigle - tenor sax, Serge Arsenault - trombone, Véronique Poulin - cello, Bernard Leblanc - double bass
Crime Music: Bernard Herrmann Revisited
XXI-21 Productions, XXI-CD 2 1644
4:07

02 September 2009

Get your dose of Vitamin C.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. Nelson Riddle: Orange
4:57

2. Elmer Bernstein: Silver
4:38

3. Jeff Alexander: Yellow
2:38

Tracks 1-3 (rec. 1956)
Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color
Capitol, CDP 7 99647 2

4. Sergei Prokofiev: Amour des trois oranges (1919)
Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev & Vera Janacopoulos
Based on the play L'amore delle tre melarance by Carlo Gozzi (1761)
Kent Nagano - conductor, Chorus & Orchestra of the Opéra of Lyon
Virgin Classics, 0946 3 58694 2 2
102'

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

5. Ken Nordine: Orange (rec. 1966)
Ken Nordine - narration, Richard Campbell - multi-instruments
Ken Nordine: Colors
Asphodel, ASP 0954
1:29

6. Frederick Delius: Florida Suite (1887)
David Lloyd-Jones - conductor, English Northern Philharmonia
Delius: Orchestral Works
Naxos, 8.553535
37'

7. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C major op.53 "Waldstein" (1804)
Friedrich Gulda - piano
Philips, 468 140-2
20'
(First movement adapted into Groucho Marx's signature tune Hooray for Captain Spaulding.)

26 August 2009

Healing songs.

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

1. Native American Church: Peyote Healing Songs (rec. 2001)
Eric Daniels - singer, Linus Woods - water drum
Sunshine Records, SSCD 4406
43'

2. Paula Robison: Chippewa Grace, Improvisation on Chippewa (Ojibway) Melodies & "Amazing Grace"*
6:22

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


3. Toru Takemitsu: Air (1995)
9:10

4. Peter Schickele: Morning Song (1961)
3:23

5. Hungarian Folksong - The Forest
Arranged by Paula Robison
1:20

6. Hungarian Folksong - The Leaves
Arranged by Paula Robison
1:18

7. Hungarian Folksong - The Roses
Arranged by Paula Robison
1:59

8. Interlude*
0:51

9. Leon Kirchner: Flutings* (1972)
4:20

10. Antonio Vivaldi: Allegro from Le printemps (1723)
Arranged for solo flute by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
4:12

11. Meira Warshauer: Bati l'Gani (I Have Come into My Garden)* (2003)
7:02

12. Traditional: There Is a Balm in Gilead
Arranged by Paula Robison
1:45

13. Traditional: Deep River
Arranged by Paula Robison
3:10

14. William Moore: Brethren We Have Met to Worship (1825)
Text by George Atkins (1819)
Arranged by Paula Robison
1:39

15. Claude Debussy: Syrinx (1913)
3:29

16. Paula Robison: A Transcendentalist's Evening Walk*
2:50

17. God Be in My Head, Hymn from "Sarum Primer" (1558)
Arranged by Paula Robison
2:44

Tracks 2-17
Places of the Spirit: Music & Images Inspired by the Berkshires
Paula Robison - flute, *Cyro Baptista - percussion
Pucker Gallery, PG1234

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

18. Sid Robinovitch: Soundchants (1994)
Vic Pankratz - conductor, Mel Braun - percussion, The Winnipeg Singers
Prairie Voices
The Winnipeg Singers, PBM 304
11'

19. James Horner: Thunderheart (1992)
Thunderheart Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Intrada, MAF 7027D
43'
(Horner? Horner. Horner! They'll rescind my license if they find out. An interesting but imperfect fusion of acoustic and electronic music. A tad on the echoey side for my tastes. It's like salting the chow mein with mucho MSG.)

19 August 2009

Mix it up with a depraved bunch.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:30am

1. Dmitri Shostakovich: New Babylon (1928-29)
James Judd - conductor, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Capriccio, 10 341/42
84'

Set #2 - 9:30am - 11:00am

2. Bernd Alois Zimmermann: Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu (1966)
Michael Gielen - conductor, Rundfunks-Sinfonie-Orchester Köln
Zeitgenössische Music in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 3
Harmonia mundi, DMR 1007-09
Downloaded from here
16:43

3. Nino Rota: La dolce vita (1959)
Carlo Savina - conductor
La Dolce Vita: Original Soundtrack of the Movie
CAM's Soundtrack Encyclopedia, CSE 009
41:45

4. John Barry: Selections from The Chase (1966)
John Barry - conductor
Columbia/Legacy, CK 89265
20'

12 August 2009

Benjamin Britten makes a cosmic phonecall. Some quasi-orient- and -occident- -alism.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. André Jolivet: Cinq incantations (1936)
Lise Daoust - flute
Libre parcours: Musique pour flûte seule
Les Productions Riche Lieu, RIC 2 9959
19:00

2. Toru Takemitsu: And Then I Knew 'Twas Wind (1992)
Toronto New Music Ensemble: Robert Aitken - flute, Steven Dann - viola, Erica Goodman - harp
Takemitsu: Chamber Music
Naxos, 8.555859
12:52

3. Benjamin Britten: Curlew River: A Parable for Church Performance (1964)
Libretto by William Plomer
Benjamin Britten - conductor, English Opera Group et al.
London, 421 858-2
69:15

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

4. Laurence Rosenthal: Rashomon (1959)
Unknown musicians
Rashomon: Music from the Broadway Play
Kritzerland, KR 20012-1
30'

5. Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp (1915)
Roger Bourdin - flute, Colette Lequien - viola, Annie Challan - harp
Debussy: 3 Sonatas - Syrinx
Philips, 422 839-2
18'

6. Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree (1981)
Toronto New Music Ensemble: Bob Becker, Russell Hartenberger & Ryan Scott - percussion
Takemitsu: Chamber Music
Naxos, 8.555859
12:32

05 August 2009

Spend your morning with the Dons.

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

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Music from Don Giovanni (1787)
Arranged for 8 wind instruments by Johann Georg Triebensee
Members of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble
Complete Mozart Edition Vol.45: Rarities & Surprises
Philips, 422 545-2
39'

2. Nino Rota: The Godfather (1972-74)
Riccardo Muti - conductor, Filarmonica della Scala
Nino Rota Film Music
Sony, SK 63359
20'

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

3. Don Ho & Pilahi Paki: Lover's Prayer (rec. 1967)
Myrtle K. Hilo - vocal
Incredibly Strange Music Vol. II
Asphodel, 0951
2:37

4. Elodie Lauten: The Death of Don Juan: An Opera in Two Acts (1985)
Randi Larowitz - soprano, Elodie Lauten - Fairlight CMI, harpsichord, trine [electroacoustic lyre], alto & contralto, Bill Raynor - electric guitar, Arthur Russell - cello and tenor, Steven Sauber - bass & speaker, Peter Zummo - trombone
Unseen Worlds, UW04
52'

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

5. James Williams: Alter Ego (rec. Englewood Cliffs, NJ 22 & 24 Sep. 1987)
Donald Byrd Sextet: Donald Byrd - flugelhorn, Kenny Garret - alto sax, Mulgrew Miller - piano, Mike Daugherty - synthesizer, Rufus Reid - bass, Marvin "Smitty" Smith - drums
Jazz for a Lazy Day
32 Jazz, 32130
7:36

6. Richard Strauss: Don Quixote (1897)
Fritz Reiner - conductor, Antonio Janigro - cello, John Preves - viola, John Weicher - violin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
RCA, 5734-2-RC
43'

29 July 2009

Music on the down low. Music for deep voices.

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

1. Elizabeth Raum: The Legend of Heimdall (1991)
John Griffiths - tuba, Richard Raum - conductor, Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg
Raum's The Legend of Heimdall
Elizabeth Raum, LOH-14342
22'

2. Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor op.38 (1862-65)
Transcribed for double bass by Volkan Orhon
Volkan Orhon - double bass, Rose Chancler Feinbloom - piano
Centaur Records, CRC 2878
28'

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

3. Elizabeth Raum: Fantasy (1985)
Brad Howland - trombone, Frances Perriam - piano
Northern Soundings: Music for Trombone by Canadian Composers
Lassus Audio, LPCD314
6:14

4. Alex Shapiro: Music for Two Big Instruments (2000)
Alan Baer - tuba, Bradley Haag - piano
6:42

5. Alex Shapiro: Deep (2004)
Leslie Lashinsky - contrabassoon, Dan Morris - percussion, Alex Shapiro - electronic track
7:35

Tracks 4-5
Alex Shapiro: Notes from the Kelp
Innova Recordings, 683

6. Christopher Roberts: Trios for Deep Voices (2002-04)
Christopher Roberts, Mark Morton & James Bergman - double basses
Cold Blue Music, CB0030
36:40
(The composer emailed me this description: "The Trios for Deep Voices in their present form were composed between November 2002 and June 2004, with the solo introductory "preambles" being added in June 2007, and final details all around composed and tucked in just ahead of the recording sessions in the summer of 2008. I first went to Papua New Guinea with the bass in 1981, and first improvised the pieces in the jungle there, and then for years since, imagining the voices of the other two basses. The pieces paced themselves, and seemed to tell me when they were ready to move from improvisations to the form of a written score. Each trio then seemed to focus on a particular bowing pattern or fingering technique, almost like a bassists' "Well-Tempered" collection of instrumental approaches. Motifs and tactile references moved freely between the trios, and I just let them. People in New Guinea reference each other in songs daily, and the Trios follow this idea into chamber music.")

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

7. Aaron Copland: Sonata for Violin & Piano (1943)
Transcribed for double bass by Gary Karr
Volkan Orhon - double bass, Rose Chancler Feinbloom - piano
Centaur Records, CRC 2878
22:05

8. Elizabeth Raum: Concerto del Garda (1996)
John Griffiths - tuba, Richard Raum - conductor, Orchestra of the Capella of St. Petersburg
Raum's The Legend of Heimdall
Elizabeth Raum, LOH-14342
15'

9. Meira M. Warshauer: Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) (2001)
Richard Nunemaker & Timothy Zavadil - bass clarinets
Richard Nunemaker: The Louisville Project
Arizona University Recordings, AUR CD 3127
11:52

22 July 2009

Apologies, radio friends. No Komodo Dragon Show this morning. That harmonium of pleasure resumes next Wednesday from 8-11am CT on 101.5 www.umfm.com.

15 July 2009

"Hale Seize Air!" Shakespeare's historical tragedies are the inspiration for this week's episode. There's a word for it, as always, Wednesdays from 8-11am CT on 101.5 www.umfm.com.

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

1. Musique de la Grèce antique (rec. 1978)
Gregorio Paniagua - director, Atrium Musicae de Madrid
Harmonia mundi, HMA 1901015
52:39
(Fanciful recreation of unheard music.)

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

2. Elliot Goldenthal: Titus (2000)
Steven Mercurio & Jonathan Sheffer - conductors, London Metropolitan Orchestra, English Chamber Choir et al.
Titus Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sony Classical, SK 89171
62'
(Polystylism.)

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

3. Lee Hyla: We Speak Etruscan (1992)
Tim Berne - baritone sax, Tim Smith - bass clarinet
New World Records, 80491-2
8:32

4. "Twenty-Three Knives against Caesar" from Crime Classics (broadcast CBS 10 Feb. 1954)
Bernard Herrmann - music
Lou Merrill - host
30'

5. Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart: "This Can't Be Love", "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea" & "The Ballet" from The Boys from Syracuse (1938)
Lehman Engel - conductor, Jack Cassidy - Antipholus, Holly Harris - Luciana
Sony, SK 53329
10'
(A convoluted plot. First use of split screen in the theatre.)

08 July 2009

A special 4-hour edition of the broadcast awaits you today, from 8am - 12noon Central Time. And no Glenn Gould: that would be too obvious.

1. J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (1741)
Arranged by Ferruccio Busoni (1914)
Sara Davis Buechner - piano
Bach-Busoni Edition Vol.1
Koch International Classics, KIC-CD-7739
32'
(Gather the women and children! Run for the hills!!! A Busoni edition of Bach!!)

2. J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (1741)
Arranged by Uri Caine (1999-2000)
Uri Caine Ensemble
Winter & Winter, 910 054-2
153'
(More like the Rube Goldberg Variations. Reviewers who panned this recording as an abominable excrescence need to relookup the definition of Baroque.)

3. J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (1741)
Ralph Kirkpatrick - harpsichord
Deutsche Grammophon, 469 673-2
44'
(What's your favourite? Mine is No. 25, played beautifully here by Kirkpatrick on two manuals, the black pearl of the Goldbergs.)

01 July 2009

You might want to wear all black and wristbands with rivets. Here's Havergal Brian's sprawling Gothic Symphony, inspired by the Faust legend and late medieval architecture. You'll never confuse your Gothic with your Romanesque.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. Havergal Brian: Symphony No.1 "The Gothic" (1919-27)
Text: Roman Catholic hymn Te Deum laudamus (c. 5th century)
Ondrej Lenárd - conductor, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Opera Chorus, Slovak Folk Ensemble Chorus, Lúčnica Chorus, Bratislava City Choir, Bratislava Children's Choir, Youth Echo Choir, Pavol Procházka - chorus master, Eva Jenisová - soprano, Dagmar Pecková - alto, Vladimír Doležal - tenor, Peter Mikuláš - bass
Naxos, 8.557418-19
114'
(Karl Schmidt-Rottluff: Patroklisturm in Soest, Germany, painted 1922. I know, I know it's Romanesque, so sue me.)

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

2. Eduard Lassen: "Osterhymne" & "Hoffest: Marsch und Polonaise" from Incidental Music to Goethe's Faust (1876)
Transcribed by Franz Liszt (1878-79)
Leslie Howard - piano
Liszt: The Complete Music for Solo Piano 18: Liszt at the Theatre
Hyperion Records, CDA66575
11:52
(The Patroklisturm as it appeared in 1921. Gone is that sense of space and colour.)

3. Michael Matthews: Symphony No.1 (1996-97)
Virko Baley - conductor, Kiev Camerata
Out of the Earth: Music of Michael Matthews
Troppe Note/Cambria Recordings, CD-1415
41'

24 June 2009

Some big-ass jazz suites for those lazy summer daze... er days...

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

1. Carr: Blues before Sunrise (rec. NYC 1964)
Freddie Cole - vocal & piano, Sam "The Man" Taylor - tenor sax, Barry Galbraith or Wally Richardson - guitar, Milt Hinton - bass, Osie Johnson - drums
Waiter Ask the Man to Play the Blues: Freddie Cole Sings & Plays Some Lonely Ballads
Verve, B0002689-02
3:41

2. Duke Ellington: New Orleans Suite (rec. NYC 27 Apr. & 13 May 1970)
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Atlantic Jazz, 1580-2
40:52

3. Jerome Moross & John LaTouche: A Lazy Afternoon
3:43

4. Ray Evans & Jay Livingston: Never Let Me Go
6:57

Tracks 3-4 (rec. 1997)
Guido Basso - flugelhorn, Doug Riley - organ
Jazz Portraits, JP3

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

5. Bob Graettinger: City of Glass (rec. Hollywood 5-7 Dec. 1951)
17'

6. J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie: You Go to My Head (rec. Chicago 15 Sep. 1952)
Arranged by Bob Graettinger
3:20

Tracks 5-6
Stan Kenton Orchestra
Stan Kenton Plays Bob Graettinger
Capitol Jazz, 7243 8 32084 2 5

7. Benny Carter: Harlem Renaissance Suite (rec. New Brunswick, NJ Feb. 1992)
The Benny Carter Big Band & The Rutgers University Orchestra
Musicmasters, 01612-65080-2
25:51

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

8. Tadd Dameron: On a Misty Night (rec. Hackensack, NJ 30 Nov. 1956)
Tadd Dameron - piano, John Coltrane - tenor sax, John Simmons - bass, Philly Joe Jones - drums
Tadd Dameron with John Coltrane: Mating Call
Prestige, PRCD-30163
6:15

9. Duke Ellington: Suite from The River (1970)
Orchestrated by Ron Collier
Neeme Järvi - conductor, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Chandos Records, CHAN 9154
26:50

10. Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos.1 & 2 (1874-5)
Arranged by Duke Ellington (1960)
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Duke Ellington: Three Suites
Columbia, CK 46825
18'

17 June 2009

Be part of aural history. The Komodo Dragon Show and UMFM, in cooperation with OgreOgress productions, present the world radio premiere of John Cage's Eighty for a large ensemble of strings and winds.

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

1. Erik Satie: "Prière des Orgues"
"Commune qui mundi nefas"
"Chant Ecclésiastique"
"Prière pour les voyageurs et les marins en danger de mort, à la très bonne et très auguste Vierge Marie, mère de Jésus" &
"Prière pour le salut de mon âme"
from Messe des pauvres (1895)
Arturo Saccheti - organ
Organ History: Erik Satie & French Rarities of the XXth Century
Arts Music, 47641-2
11:33

2. George Antheil: Violin Sonata No.1 (1923)
Jagdish Mistry - violin, Hermann Kretzchmar - piano
Fighting the Waves: Music of George Antheil
RCA Victor, 09026-68066-2
20:56

3. James Tenney: Koan (1984)
The Modern Quartet: Marc Sabat - violin, Jayne Maddison - violin, David Goldblatt - viola, Margaret Gay - cello
Sound Ecology 3: Perception
Musicworks, 64
22:13

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

4. John Cage: Water Music (1952)
Jack Behrens - piano
6:53

5. John Cage: Prelude for Meditation (1944)
Jack Behrens - prepared piano
1:04

6. Erik Satie: Embryons desséchés (1913)
John Cage - narrator, Jack Behrens - piano
9:44

Tracks 4-6
Jack Behrens: Water Music
Furiant Records, FMDC 4628-2

7. Christian Hartmann & Urban Mäder: Die Abwesenheit des Igels (rec. Lucerne, Switzerland 18 & 20 July 2001) video
Christian Hartmann - double bass, Urban Mäder - prepared piano
Die Abwesenheit des Igels beim Einbrechen der Nacht
Unit Records, UTR 4139
21:48
(In other words, don't think about purple hippopotamuses or the Virgin Mary.)

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

8. John Cage: Eighty (1992)
Prague Winds; Christina Fong - violins & violas, Karen Krummel - cellos
OgreOgress productions, 634479 962141
30'

9. Erik Satie: Entr'acte cinématographique from the ballet Rêlache (1924)
Friedrich Cerha - conductor, Ensemble "Die Riehe"
The Music of Satie
Vox, CDX 5107
17:36

10. John Cage: In a Landscape (1948)
Louise Bessette - piano
Québec - 5 U.S.A. - 3
Société nouvelle d'enregistrement, SNE-553-CD
7:13

10 June 2009

Apologies to listeners: an overnight power failure at the station resulted in just the third hour being broadcast. Today's episode will be played in its entirety on Canada Day, July 1st.

03 June 2009

Music with buckets o' notes (that's not minimalist [that would be too easy]).

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

1. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Piano Sonata No.4 "Die Befreite" (1927-31)
Marc-André Hamelin - piano
Altarus Records, AIR-CD-9052
28:49

2. György Ligeti: Musica ricercata (1951-53)
Liisa Pohjola - piano
BIS, BIS-CD-53
26:26
(I lied: this piano suite is actually quite minimalist in its conception.)

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

3. György Ligeti: Monument - Selbstportrait - Bewegung (1976)
Antonio Ballista & Bruno Canino - pianos
Wergo, WER 60100-50
16’

4. György Ligeti: San Francisco Polyphony (1973-74)
Elgar Howarth - conductor, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestera
BIS, BIS-CD-53
10:23

5. Alban Berg: Lyric Suite (1925-26)
The Duke Quartet: Louisa Fuller - violin, Rick Koster - violin, John Metcalfe - viola, Ivan McCredy - cello
Collins Classics, 15062
28:29

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

6. Dmitri Tiomkin: The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Dmitri Tiomkin - conductor
The Fall of the Roman Empire Original Soundtrack Recording
Cloud Nine records, CAN 7016
44:35

27 May 2009

97 Fingers Bösendorfer tinkles the ivories.

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

1. Benjamin Britten: Five Walztes (1923-25)
Stephen Hough - piano
Britten: Piano Works
Virgin Classics, VC 7 91203-2
10:54

2. Dmitri Shostakovich: Dances of the Dolls (1952-62)
Inna Heifetz - piano
Sonora Productions, S0222563CD
11'

3. Franz Schubert: Thirty-Six Original Dances op.9, D 365 (1821)
Michael Endres - piano
Schubert: Dances
Capriccio, 49 242
22:38

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

4. Phillip Schroeder: Twelve Pieces for Piano (2003)
Phillip Schroeder: Music for Piano
Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi - piano
Capstone Records, CPS-8742
25:20

5. Zoltán Kodály: Twenty-Four Little Canons on the Black Keys (1945)
Kodály: The Complete Piano Music
Ádám Fellegi - piano
Hungaroton, HCD 31540-41
11'

6. Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles & sentimentales (1911)
Angela Hewitt - piano
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music
Hyperion Records, CDA67341/2
17:00

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

7. Paul Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis (1942)
Edward Aldwell - piano
Pro Piano Records, PPR224508
52'

20 May 2009

The ole licorice stick: three instruments in one.

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

1. Ludwig van Beethoven: "Là ci darem la mano" Variations from Mozart's Don Giovanni (1796-97)
Trio di Clarone: Sabine Meyer - clarinet, Wolfgang Meyer - clarinet, Reiner Wehle - basset horn
Una voce ... per clarone
Avi-music, 42 6008553 001 4
8:21
(The Lumberjack Song.)

2. Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in B flat major op.11 (1797-98)
Amici: Joaquin Valdepeñas - clarinet, David Hetherington - cello, Patricia Parr - piano
Summit Records, DCD 151
21'

3. Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet & Piano in E flat major op.120 no.2 (1894)
Gervase de Peyer - clarinet, Gwenneth Pryor - piano
Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas
Chandos Records, CHAN 8563
20:48
(Brahms' last chamber composition, an Austro-Hungarian sunset.)

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

4. Aram Khachaturian: Trio (1932)
Riverdale Ensemble: Stephen Fox - clarinet, Daniel Kushner - violin, Ellen Meyer - piano
Riverdale Ensemble: Foliage
Furiant Records, FMDC 4619-2
15:45

5. S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté: Ruck-Ruck Sonata (1947)
James Mark - clarinet, Penelope Mark - piano
Canadian Music for Clarinet
CMFC99
17:14

6. Joseph Scriven & Charles C. Converse: What a Friend We Have in Jesus (rec. NYC 1990s?)
Eddy Davis - musical director, Woody Allen - clarinet, The New York Jazz Ensemble
The Bunk Project
MusicMasters, 01612-65098-2
6:01

7. Tale Ognenovski: Jazz Composition No.1
4:04

8. Tale Ognenovski: Jazz Composition No.5
6:07

9. Tale Ognenovski: Jazz Composition No.8
2:35

Tracks 7-9
Tale Ognenovski - clarinet, reed pipe, small bagpipe & zurla, Stevan Ognenovski - drum & reed pipe, Kliment Ognenovski - reed pipe, Nikola Ognenovski - reed pipe
Jazz, Macedonian Folk Dances & Classical Music
Independent Records, n.n.
(Zurla = an ill wind no-one blows good, i.e. a pungent double-reed.)

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

10. Allen Lowe: Dream Sequence (rec. NYC 19 Apr. 1992)
Doc Cheatham - trumpet, David Murray - bass clarinet, Loren Schoenberg - tenor sax, Allen Lowe - alto sax, Paul Austerlitz - bass clarinet, Jeff Fuller - bass, Ray Kaczynski - drums
Mental Strain at Dawn: A Modern Portrait of Louis Armstrong
Stash Records, ST-CD-563
6:01

11. Ralph Burns: Summer Sequence (Parts 1-3) (rec. LA 19 Sep. 1946)
Woody Herman & His Orchestra: Blowin' Up a Storm
Columbia/Legacy, C2K 65646
9'

12. Gerald Finzi: Concerto in C for Clarinet & Strings (1948-49)
James Campbell - clarinet, Simon Streatfeild - conductor, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Gerald Finzi: Meditation
CBC Records, SMCD 5204
27:24

13. Albert Franz Doppler & Karl Doppler: Rigoletto-Fantasy
Arranged by Rainer Schottstädt
Trio di Clarone: Sabine Meyer - clarinet, Wolfgang Meyer - basset horn, Reiner Wehle - clarinet; Kalle Randalu - piano
Una voce ... per clarone
Avi-music, 42 6008553 001 4
8:52
(Basset horn is almost as sad as a basset hound.)

13 May 2009

Following on the tail of last week's Dionysian frog frenzy, today we become a chaperone in the Tunnel of Love. Somewhere is an amusement park where couples ride swan-shaped flume boats through dark passages. The terminal station is named return to the confines of propriety. While we have nothing so inviting at the University of Manitoba, there is the underground tunnel to the science complex, where speakers boom out UMFM programming 24x7.

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

1. Vladimir Ussachevsky: Line of Apogee (1967)
Vladimir Ussachevsky: Film Music
New World Records, 80389-2
43:37

2. Sam Crain: Synthmusic No. 1 (1984)
4:07

3. Sam Crain: Synthmusic No. 2 (1984)
3:36

4. Sam Crain: Synthmusic No. 3 (2004)
4:34

Tracks 2-4
Music of Sam Crain
James Samuel Crain, n.n.
(Buy Sam's CD here.)

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

5. Michael Matthews: On the Outer Edge (2001)
Presence III: A Compilation of Electroacoustic Works
Canadian Electroacoustic Community, PeP 005
5:04

6. Andrea Holtslander: Steam, Billow (2000)
Cache 2001
Canadian Electroacoustic Community, PeP 004
7:45

7. David Tudor: Sliding Pitches in the Rainforest in the Field: Rainforest Version IV (1973)
Mode Records, 64
51:58

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

8. Ann Southam: Reprieve (1976)
25:52

9. Ann Southam: Seastill (1979)
15:18

Tracks 8-9
Ovation Vol.4
CBC Records, PSCD 2029-4

06 May 2009

Loll in a limpid pool, like a contented catfish. It's Mississippi Paddlewheel Riverboat Days! We follow one Samuel Clemens down Elderly Man River, taking a third-hour detour among the snags, cypress knees and whisky-colored water of the Great Dismal Swamp.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 8:45am

1. Clarence "Frogman" Henry: Ain't Got No Home (rec. 1998)
Yockamo All-Stars
Rampart Street Rumba: Hannibal in New Orleans
Hannibal Records, HNCD 1464
6:19

2. Ferde Grofé: Mississippi Suite (1926)
William Stromberg - conductor, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Grofé: Orchestral Works
Naxos, 8.559007
13:35

3. José White: La bella cubana (1910)
5:50

4. Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Ojos criollos (1859)
2:38

5. Arthur Duroseau: Bonne humeur
3:12

6. Frank French: Centennial Cakewalk
3:56

Tracks 3-6
Sophie Rivard - violin, Frank French - piano
Folies Jolies
Sophie Rivard & Frank French, CR 1001

Set #2 - 8:45am - 10:00am

7. Max Steiner: The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
Score restoration by John Morgan
William Stromberg - conductor, Moscow Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Naxos, 8.557470
71'

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

8. Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Souvenir de Porto Rico (1857)
Frank French - piano
La Bamboula: Early New Orleans & Ragtime Music
Affinity, 1012
6:55

9. Geordie Haley: Top Water Lure (rec. 2008)
Geordie Haley - prepared guitar, Jean Martin - prepared banjo
Sculptures
Geordie Haley, geo_ha 06
12:09

10. Francis Dhomont: Signé Dionysos (1986-91)
Mouvances - Métaphores 2: Les dérives du signe
Empreintes digitales, IMED-9108
28:22
(A real frog opera, based on the nocturnal calls of amorous amphibians. The composer writes: "Unheard-of, surreal, dilated songs. Naturally, after love, the drama will conclude with death..." and, concerning the transformation of the sound object: "All of these delusions confound the ear and, as with wine, alter the senses." At right, results of the Dionysian frenzy. There's a "sound projection" score here. Follow along.)

29 April 2009

It's like reading back issues of Time from the Nixon Administration.

Set #1 - 8:00am - 10:00am

1. Leonard Bernstein: Mass (1971)
Additional texts by Stephen Schwarz & Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein - conductor, Alan Titus - celebrant, The Norman Scribner Choir, The Berkshire Boy Choir
Sony, SM2K 63089
119'
(Subtitled "A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players & Dancers". Egomaniacal kitsch? Innovative spiritual statement? The theatricality may not be that far removed from the pre-Reformation mass celebrated in the cathedrals of Europe.)

Set #2 - 10:00am - 11:00am

2. Andrea Luchesi: Sonata in due tempi in fa magg.
4:55

3. Giambattista Tagliasassi: Sonata a due tastadure in sol magg.
4:21

4. Giambattista Tagliasassi: Adagio in re min.
5:13

5. Ignazio Spergher: Sinfonia in do magg.
10:45

6. Ignazio Spergher: Pastorale in re magg.
8:22

7. Girolamo Schiavon: Allegro maestoso in do magg.
3:19

8. Niccolò Moretti: Sonata ad uso sinfonia in re magg.
4:12

9. Niccolò Moretti: Sonata ad uso elevazione in fa magg.
3:26

10. Giambattista Botti: Toccata in re min.
3:00

11. Gaetano Nave: Sinfonia in do magg.
4:31

12. Gaetano Nave: Sonata ad uso orchestra in do magg.
3:59

Tracks 2-12
Amedeo Aroma - organ
Settecento Organistico Trevigiano: Sonate e Sinfonie per organo
Rivoalto, CRR 9811
(Yes, the whole CD! Played on a historic 1787 organ in the church of St. Leonard in Treviso, Italy. A collection of keyboard pieces composed in the late 18th-early 19th century, orchestrated on pipe organ. The avant-garde of its time, distancing itself from the excesses of the Baroque.)

22 April 2009

Music for Yom ha-Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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

1. Arnold Schönberg: String Trio op.45 (1946)
Janneke van der Meer - violin, Henk Guittart - viola, Hans Woudenberg - cello
Philips, 416 306-2
19:34

2. Mieczysław Weinberg: Symphony No.18 "War - there is no word more cruel" (1982-85)
Texts by Sergei Orlov, Alexander Tvardovsky & traditional folk
Vladimir Fedoseyev - conductor, USSR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Latvian State Academic Chorus, Imants Tsepitis - choirmaster
M. Vainberg Vol.6
Olympia, OCD 589
43:07

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

3. Steve Reich: Different Trains (1988)
Kronos Quartet: David Harrington - violin, John Sherba - violin, Hank Dutt - viola, Joan Jeanrenaud - cello
Elektra/Nonesuch, 7559-79176-2
27'

4. Ruth Lomon: Chor der Waisen (2001)
Text by Nelly Sachs
Jane Ring Frank - conductor, Jayne West - soprano, Frank Kelley - tenor, The Boston Secession
Afterlife: German Choral Meditations on Mortality
Brave Records, BRAV-0508
3:54

5. Ruth Lomon: Transport (2006)
Text by Else Dormitzer, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, John R. Saunders, Vera Weislitzova & Dan Pagis
Jane Ring Frank - conductor, Adriana Repetto - soprano, Kristi Vrooman - soprano, Mary Gerbi - mezzo soprano, Marc J. DeMille - baritone, The Boston Secession
Surprised by Beauty: Minimalism in Choral Music
Boston Secession, BRAV0720
6:45

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

6. Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Symphony No.1 "Versuch eines Requiems" (1935, rev. 1954-55)
Text by Walt Whitman
Ingo Metzmacher - conductor, Cornelia Kallisch - contralto, Bamberger Symphoniker
EMI, 7243 5 55424 2 7
26'

7. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.44 in E minor "Trauer" (c. 1772)
Adam Fischer - conductor, Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
Haydn: The Symphonies Vol.3
Nimbus Records, NI 5530/34
22:56

8. J. S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue in F# minor BWV 883 from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II (c. 1742)
Glenn Gould - piano
CBC Records, PSCD 2007
6:53

08 April 2009

How does the world end? With a bang or a shrug? (One of my correspondents suggests a "horrible choking sound".)

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

1. Antonio Amenduni: Il pianto dell'orfano (No.2)
11:18

2. Antonio Amenduni: Quante lacrime (No.4)
12:36

3. Antonio Amenduni: Eterno riposo (No.14) (1976)
9:42

4. Antonio Amenduni: Tristezza (No.20)
8:36

Tracks 1-4
Michele Di Puppo - conductor, Orchestra di fiati Ruvomusica
Passione e morte: Le musiche della Settimana Santa a Ruvo di Puglia: Composizioni di Antonio e Alessandro Amenduni
Ruvomusica, RMCD 001
(Slow marches for Holy Week. Numbers identify the marches in the band's playbook. I have long advocated a municipal wind band for Winnipeg, on city payroll, to perform at shopping centre openings and the demolition of heritage buildings.)

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

5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.4 (1935-36)
Valery Gergiev - conductor, Kirov Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Philips, 470 842-2
64:12
(Music to put you through the emotional wringer. I'm reminded of a line by Lorca: Ya luchan la paloma y el leopardo [Now the dove and the leopard are wrestling]. Only mugs'd bet on the dove, right?)

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

6. Lorenzo Ferrero: La Nueva España (1991-99)
Takuo Yuasa - conductor, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Naxos, 8.555044
71:33
(It sucked to be you in the 16th century.)

01 April 2009

In memoriam Horst and Shirley.

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

1. Carlo Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Good Friday (1611)
Livio Picotti - conductor, Centro Musica Antica di Padova
Argo, 430 832-2
37'

2. Jean Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela (1893)
Eugene Ormandy - conductor, The Philadelphia Orchestra
EMI, CDC 7 477612 2
9:03
(The Finns' conception of the underworld sounds a lot like the fishin' and ashes-scatterin' country of Northwest Ontario.)

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

3. J. S. Bach: Cantata "Ich habe genug" BWV 82 (1727, rec. 1950)
Anthony Bernard - conductor, Hans Hotter - baritone, Geraint Jones - organ, Sidney Sutcliffe - oboe, Philharmonia Orchestra
EMI, CDH 7 63198 2
26'
(Nunc dimittis, not satis habeō.)

4. Joseph Haydn: Symphony No.26 "Lamentatione" (1768)
Nicholas Ward - conductor, Northern Chamber Orchestra
Haydn: Symphonies Vol.6
Naxos, 8.550721
15'
(Three quarters of a symphony, missing the finale. I get a certain existential satisfaction out of that.)

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

5. James Barnes: Symphony No.3 "The Tragic" (1994)
Marc Lange - conductor, Bläserphilharmonie Heilbronn
Bläserphilharmonie Heilbronn: Konzertmittschnitt vom 26. April 2008
Sbc-Music, nn
40'

6. John Tavener: ... Depart in Peace (1997)
Clio Gould - director & solo violin, Patricia Rozario - soprano, Matthew Rooke - tampura, BT Scottish Ensemble
Linn Records, CKD 085
25:06

25 March 2009

We pre-channel the ghost of legendary CBC broadcaster Max Ferguson on this week's post-St. Patrick's Day breakfast breakdown.

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

1. Traditional: Sean Ryan's Polka/
Traditional: Whiskey before Breakfast (rec. 1990)
Arranged by Glenn Morgan
Glenn Morgan - hammered dulcimer, Jim Wells - guitar
Glenn Morgan: D Is for Dulcimer
Fishbite Recordings, 9001-2
3:59

2. Marches Medley
Arranged by Herbert
4:26
(The Back o’ Bennachie, The Drunken Piper, 72nd’s Farewell to Aberdeen, Corriechoillie, My Love She’s But a Lassie Yet, and Rantin’, Rovin’ Robin.)

3. R. Binge: Cornet Carillon
3:01

Tracks 2-3 (rec. Edinburgh 1971)
The Pipes & Drums & Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Amazing Grace
RCA, 07863 52008-2

4. Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart: Lover (rec. 1947)
Les Paul - guitars & drums
Les Paul: The Best of the Capitol Masters
Capitol, CDP 7 996172
2:35
(One of those recordings that changed the world.)

5. Traditional: My Grief on the Sea/
Eileen McGann: Cape Clear
Eileen McGann - vocal
Heritage
Dragonwing Music, DRGN 005
3:27

6. Traditional: Xylophone, Percussion & Female Voices
3:33

7. Traditional: Drums & Rattles
8:07

8. Traditional: Kono, the Sacred Bird of the Bambaras (Percussion & Female Voices)
1:48

Tracks 6-8 (rec. Algiers 1969)
"Groupe folklorique malien"
African Rhythms & Instruments Vol.1
Lyrichord, LYRCD 7328

9. Hildegard von Bingen: O cruor sanguinis (12th cent.)
1:43

10. Hildegard von Bingen: O successores (12th cent.)
2:40

11. Hildegard von Bingen: Nunc gaudeant (12th cent.)
3:03

Tracks 9-11
Karen P. Thomas - conductor, Seattle Pro Musica
Alnight by the Rose
Seattle Pro Musica, SPM CD 9802

12. Traditional: Say You Love Me (rec. 2001)
Arranged by Dessie O’Halloran
Sharon Shannon - accordion, Dessie O’Halloran - vocal & fiddle
Sharon Shannon & Friends: The Diamond Mountain Sessions
Compass Records, 7 4305
4:31

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

13. Lord Berners: "Hornpipe" from The Triumph of Neptune Suite (1926)
Barry Wordsworth - conductor, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI, CDC 7 47668 2
1:34

14. Traditional: The Rainy Day/
Nathan Curry & Frank Cassidy: Erin’s Kitchen/
S. F. Ryan: The Coast of Austria
Erin Cassidy - Irish flute & brass pennywhistle, Ian Clark - guitar, Rick West - bodhran, Rob Graves - snare drum, John Geggie - double bass, Carlos del Junco - harmonica
5:12

15. Pete Jung: Far Away
Erin Cassidy - flute & pennywhistle, James Stephens - fiddle, Golo Goerner - guitar
3:22

16. Paddy Keenan: Kahir's Kitchen
Erin Cassidy - flute, James Stephens - mandolin, Michael Bussiere - keyboard
3:15

Tracks 14-16 (rec. 1996-97)
Arranged by James Stephens & Erin Cassidy
The Wind at Play
Carleton Sound, CSCD-1001

17. Chris Whiteley & Les Smith: Mr. Weatherman
Chris Whiteley, Ken Whiteley
The Whiteley Brothers: Sixteen Shades of Blue
Borealis Recording Company, BCD 002
2:09

18. James F. Hanley & Joseph McCarthy: I'm in the Market for You (rec. NYC 9 Apr. 1930)
Ben Selvin - leader, Don Howard - vocal, The Columbia Photo Players
Ben Selvin: The Columbia House Players Vol.2
The Old Masters, MB 117
3:28
(I want my bailout and my bonus, and I want them now. Note recording date. Sidemen on this recording include Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.)

19. Sammy Fain & Mitchell Parrish: The Moon Is a Silver Dollar (rec. 1995)
Mose Scarlett - vocal & guitar
The Fundamental Things
Borealis Recording Company, PD 013
3:27

20. Traditional: Planxty George Brabazon (rec. 2000)
Arranged by Paddy Moloney
The Chieftains, Janet Harbison & The Belfast Harp Orchestra
Water from the Well
BMG, 09026-63637-2
2:37

21. Ben Mink: Foreign Exchange
3:00

22. Jack Soberman, Ben Mink & Elliott Feldman: Manish Tuna*
3:31

Tracks 21-22 (rec. 1980)
Ben Mink - violin, mandolin & guitar, Allan Soberman - bass guitar, Martin Deller - drums & percussion, Cameron Hawkins - synthesizers, *Elliott Feldman - guitar, *Jack Soberman - piano
Ben Mink: Foreign Exchange
Passport Records, PB-2024

23. Irving Berlin: When That Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam
Jackie Washington - vocal & guitar
Midnight Choo Choo
Borealis Recording Company, BCD 112
3:08

24. Darol Anger: Melt the Teakettle (rec. 1996-99)
Natalie McMaster - fiddle, Darol Anger - baritone violin
Darol Anger: Diary of a Fiddler
Compass Records, 7 4275 2
5:17
(Baritone violin sounds an octave lower. Take that, violas!)

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

25. Pekel: Oost west, thuis best!
4:29

26. Traditional: Horlepiep
Arranged by Pekel
3:11

Tracks 25-26 (rec. 1999)
Pekel: John Bazuijnen - vocal, Erno Korpershoek - accordion, Peter Moree - guitar, Theo Schuurmans - bagpipes, Kees Wagenaar - vocal
Oost west thuis best
PAN Records, PAN 179CD
("East, west, home best!" Pekel, favoured by mariners, is a beverage made from wrung-out barrel staves.)

27. Antonín Dvořák: Largo from the New World Symphony (1893)
5:24

28. Ludwig van Beethoven: Minuet in G (1795)
2:54

29. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile, String Quartet [No.1] (1871)
6:40

Tracks 27-29
Arranged by Margaret Dryburgh & Norah Chambers (c. 1942-45)
Leny van Shaik - conductor, Malle Babbe's Women's Choir
Paradise Road Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Sony, SK 63026

30. Hump
2:27

31. Humppakonehumppa
3:15

Tracks 30-31 (rec. Finland 1998)
Arranged by Eläkeläiset
Eläkeläiset: Onni Waris - keyboard & vocal, Martti Waris - bass & vocal, Kristian Voutilainen - drums & vocal, Lassi Kinnunen - accordion & vocal
Werbung, Baby!
Humppa Records, 010
3:15
("The Retirees". Finnized oompah music.)

32. Nancy White: Gaelic Envy (rec. 1998)
Nancy White - vocal & guitar
Gaelic Envy & Other Torch Songs
Borealis Recording Company, BCD 109
3:12

33. Rick Fielding & Tony Quarington: Those Gin Mill Syncopators
Rick Fielding - guitar
This One’s the Dreamer
Borealis Recording Company, BCD 119
4:35

34. Béla Fleck: Cheeseballs in Cowtown (rec. 1994)
Sam Bush - mandolin, Stuart Duncan - fiddle, Kenny Malone - drums, Victor Wooten - fretless bass, Jerry Douglas - resophonic guitar
Béla Fleck: Tales from the Acoustic Planet
Warner Brothers, W2 45854
4:51
(Sounds like a Conservative Party convention.)

35. Jake Thackray: The Hole (rec. 1969)
3:29

36. Jake Thackray: Lah-Di-Dah (rec. 1967)
3:18

37. Jake Thackray: Last Will & Testament of Jake Thackray (rec. 1967)
3:03

Tracks 35-37
Jake Thackray - vocal & guitar
The Very Best of Jake Thackray
EMI, 7243 5 82651 2 5

18 March 2009

I absent me from the facility a while. Back on the air next week.