04 febrero 2020

HALA-HALA À-GO-GO CHA-CHA-CHA
60s IN THE FAR EAST




1. Tabu
The Sound of the Silverstones

2. Hanky Panky
Rita Chao & The Quests

3. Love Potion No. 9
Nancy Sit

4. Frenesí
The Sapphires





5. You're The Boy
Shirley Nair with The Silver Strings

6. You're The Boy
Han Li

7. Quiet River
The Vampires

8. Summer Kisses Winter Tears
Judith Ho





9. Are You Getting Tired Of Your Little Toy?
The Crescendos

10. You Better Move On
Katherine and The Firebyrds

11. I'd Never Find Another You
Rose Iwanaga and The Avengers

12. Under The Boardwalk
Lam Leng & The Quests





13. One To Nine Walkin
Patrina

14. Bang Bang
Betty Chung

15. Let's Dance
Lotus Liew

16. Unspoken Words
Teresa Khoo And Her Five Notes





17. Man Li
Huang Qing Yuan

18. Face Red, Heart Laugh
Yao Su Rong

19. Johnny Guitar
Soul Dance Music

20. Diễm Xưa
Khánh Ly





21. Sài Gòn
Carol Kim

22. Let's A' Go-Go
Charlie And His Go-Go Boys

23. Love Is Like A Balloon
Dorothy & The Vampires

24. Can't Loose Affection
Maurice Patton And The Melodians

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30 enero 2020

CARL NIELSEN
VIOLIN CONCERTO · CLARINET CONCERTO · FLUTE CONCERTO



VIOLIN CONCERTO · CLARINET CONCERTO · FLUTE CONCERTO
CARL NIELSEN

Violin Concerto
1. Praeludium: Largo - Allegro cavalleresco
2. Poco adagio
3. Rondo: Allegretto scherzando

4. Clarinet Concerto

Flute Concerto
5. Allegro Moderato
6. Allegretto

Jonathan Carney, violin
Kevin Banks, clarinet
Gareth Davies, flute

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kees Bakels



Here are the three concertos written by Carl Nielsen. I like very much this, specially the clarinet one. He intended to write a concerto for each one of the players who gave the first performance of the Wind Quintet. I wish he had.

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20 enero 2020

2 FOLK RECORDS 2
GREECE · FAR EAST


A collection of rebetika songs from the 30s to the 50s, released by Death Is Not The End. The cover shows a beautiful picture of Yiota Lydia.






Black Plastic Singing Flats Volume III

A selection of mostly Chinese 45s from Singapore, compiled by Little Axe Records. 60s in the Far East.

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18 enero 2020

BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ
WORKS INSPIRED BY JAZZ AND SPORT



WORKS INSPIRED BY JAZZ AND SPORT
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ

La revue de cuisine
1. Prologue
2. Tango
3. Charleston
4. Finale

Jazz-Suite
5. Prélude
6. Musique d'entre-acte: Blues
7. Musique d'entre-acte: Boston
8. Finale. Allegro

Sextet for Piano and Wind Instruments
9. Prélude
10. Adagio
11. Scherzo (I. Divertimento)
12. Blues (II. Divertimento)
13. Finale

14. Shimmy foxtrot
from Kdo je na světě nejmocnější (Who is the Most Powerful in the World)

15. Le Jazz

16. Half-Time

17. La Bagarre

18. Thunderbolt P-47



More jazz inspired music from the 20s, plus the jolly genius of Martinů.

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16 enero 2020

PIANO CONCERTOS OF THE '20s
VOL I & II



PIANO CONCERTOS OF THE '20s
ANTHEIL · COPLAND · HONEGGER · RAVEL

GEORGE ANTHEIL
1. Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 1

AARON COPLAND
Concerto for piano and orchestra
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Molto moderato - Allegro assai

ARTHUR HONEGGER
4. Concertino pour piano et orchestre

MAURICE RAVEL
Concerto pour piano et orchestre
5. Allegramente
6. Adagio assai
7. Presto



Classical music infused with jazz, a new sensitivity, and a new kind of writing. Besides the concertos by Gershwin and Ravel (with its gorgeous adagio), here are other lesser-known, enjoyable and beautiful works, like Honegger's Concertino, Antheil's A Jazz Symphony, or Schulhoff's Concerto for piano and small orchestra. Back to the 20s.




PIANO CONCERTOS OF THE '20s, Vol II
SCHULHOFF · ANTHEIL · GERSHWIN

ERWIN SCHULHOFF
Concerto for piano and small orchestra
1. Molto sostenuto - Allegro espressivo - Alla marcia maestoso
2. Sostenuto - Cadenza - Molto sostenuto e astrattamente
3. Allegro alla Jazz - Alla zingaresca - Tempo I - Prestissimo

GEORGE ANTHEIL
4. A Jazz Symphony for piano and orchestra

GEORGE GERSHWIN
Concerto in F for piano and orchestra
5. Allegro
6. Adagio - Andante con moto
7. Allegro agitato



Michael Rische, piano

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10 enero 2020

ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ ΞΑΡΧΑΚΟΣ
ΛΟΛΑ



ΛΟΛΑ
ΣΤΑΥΡΟΣ ΞΑΡΧΑΚΟΣ



I couldn't help posting this, I like it so much. It's the film score that Stavros Xarhakos wrote for Lola (1964), a mixture of jazz and Greek music, with luscious and poignant tunes. The sound is good enough, and it is all in one track.


Related post:

GIRLS IN THE SUN

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05 enero 2020

LA BELLE HÉLÈNE
JACQUES OFFENBACH






I think that this is an hilarious and moving performance of that musical joy that is La belle Hélène. It was done last December in Lausanne, with a good mise en scène by Michel Fau (who also plays Ménélas), good stage and wardrobe design, Julie Robard-Gendre as Hélène, Julien Dran as Pâris, the Sinfonietta de Lausanne conducted by Pierre Dumoussaud, and the Choeur de l’Opéra de Lausanne. It can be seen here on the Arte channel until January 27, 2020.




LA BELLE HÉLÈNE
JACQUES OFFENBACH
LIBRETTO: HENRI MEILHAC ET LUDOVIC HALÉVY

This is the recording of La belle Hélène conducted, in 1952, by René Leibowitz, with the Paris Philarmonic Chorus & Orchestra, Janine Linda as Hélène and André Dran as Pâris.



Caricatura de 'La belle Hélène' aparecida en 'La Vie Parisienne', 1886

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02 enero 2020

FELIX CAVALIERE
FELIX CAVALIERE + DESTINY



FELIX CAVALIERE + DESTINY
FELIX CAVALIERE

FELIX CAVALIERE
1. A High Price To Pay
2. I'm A Gambler
3. I've Got A Solution
4. Everlasting Love
5. Summer In El Barrio
6. Long Times Gone
7. Future Train
8. Mountain Man
9. Funky Friday
10. It's Been A Long Time
11. I'm Free

DESTINY
12. Destiny
13. Flip Flop
14. Never Felt Love Before
15. I Can Remember
16. Light Of My Life
17. Can't Stop Loving You
18. Try To Believe
19. You Came And Set Me Free
20. Love Came
21. Hit And Run



These are the first two albums that Felix Cavaliere released after The Rascals. Despite the lack of success, there are really good songs here, like Summer In El Barrio, It's Been A Long Time, Never Felt Love Before, or Can't Stop Loving You, and it is a joy to hear him sing. Felix Cavaliere (1974) was co-podruced by Todd Rundgren, and features his group Utopia. On Destiny (1975), we can hear to Laura Nyro singing backing vocals on Love Came.

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