sábado, 31 de dezembro de 2011

Gone With The Wind - Music Composed and Conducted by Max Steiner

  1. Tara Theme - Main Title (including David O. Selznick's trademark)
  2. The Barbecue Of Twelve Oaks
  3. The Ball
  4. Ashley And Scarlett
  5. Mammy
  6. Christmas In Atlanta
  7. Fall Of The South
  8. Intermission Music
  9. Sherman's March Through Georgia
  10. Ashley's Return From The War
  11. Scarlett And Rhett At Tara
  12. Belle Watling
  13. Rhett And Bonnie
  14. Scarlett's Fall - Rhett's Remorse
  15. Bonnie's Death
  16. Tomorrow Is Another Day - Finale
Gone With The Wind

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American historical epic film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-winning 1936 novel of the same name. It was produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Victor Fleming from a screenplay by Sidney Howard. Set in the 19th century American South, the film stars Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, and Hattie McDaniel, among others, and tells a story of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era from a Southern point of view.

The film received 10 Academy Awards (8 competitive, 2 honorary), a record that stood for 20 years. Ben-Hur surpassed it in 1960. In the American Film Institute's inaugural Top 100 Best American Films of All Time list of 1998, it was ranked fourth, and in 1989 was selected to be preserved by the National Film Registry. The film was the longest American sound film made up to that time – 3 hours 44 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission, and was among the first of the major films shot in color (Technicolor), winning the first Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the category for color films. It became the highest-grossing film of all-time shortly after its release, holding the position until 1966; after adjusting for inflation, it has still earned more than any other film in theater rentals. As of 2011, there are seven surviving cast members from the film.

The film opens on a large cotton plantation called Tara in rural Georgia in 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War. Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) is flirting with the two Tarleton brothers, Brent (Fred Crane) and Stuart (George Reeves), who have been expelled from the University of Georgia. Scarlett, Suellen (Evelyn Keyes), and Careen (Ann Rutherford) are the daughters of Irish immigrant Gerald O’Hara (Thomas Mitchell) and his wife, Ellen O'Hara (Barbara O'Neil), who is of aristocratic French ancestry. The brothers share a secret with Scarlett: Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), whom Scarlett secretly loves, is to be married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton (de Havilland). The engagement is to be announced the next day at a barbecue at Ashley's home, the nearby plantation Twelve Oaks.

At Twelve Oaks, Scarlett notices that she is being admired by Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), who has been turned out of West Point and disowned by his Charleston family. Rhett finds himself in further disfavor among the male guests when, during a discussion of the probability of war, he states that the South has no chance against the superior numbers and industrial might of the North. Scarlett sneaks out of the afternoon nap time to be alone with Ashley in the library, and confesses her love for him. He admits he has always secretly loved Scarlett but that he and the sweet Melanie are more compatible. She accuses Ashley of misleading her and slaps him in anger. Ashley exits as Rhett reveals he has overheard the whole conversation, sleeping unseen on a couch. Rhett promises to keep her guilty secret. Scarlett leaves the library in haste, and the barbecue is disrupted by the announcement that war has broken out. The men rush to enlist, and all the ladies are awakened from their naps. As Scarlett watches Ashley kiss Melanie goodbye from the upstairs window, Melanie’s shy young brother Charles Hamilton (Rand Brooks), with whom Scarlett had been innocently flirting, asks for her hand in marriage before he goes. Despite not truly loving Charles, Scarlett consents. They are married before he leaves to fight.

Scarlett is quickly widowed when Charles dies from a bout of pneumonia and measles while in the Confederate Army. Scarlett's mother sends her to the Hamilton home in Atlanta to cheer her up, although the O’Haras' outspoken housemaid Mammy (Hattie McDaniel) tells Scarlett she knows she is going there only to wait for Ashley’s return. Scarlett and Melanie attend a charity bazaar in Atlanta; Scarlett, who should be in deep mourning, is turned against and whispered about. Rhett, now a heroic blockade runner for the Confederacy, makes a surprise appearance. Scarlett shocks Atlanta society even more by accepting Rhett's large bid for a dance. While they dance, Rhett tells her of his intention to win her, which she says will never happen as long as she lives.

The tide of war turns against the Confederacy after the Battle of Gettysburg in which many of the men of Scarlett's town are killed. Scarlett makes another unsuccessful appeal to Ashley’s heart while he is visiting on Christmas furlough, although they do share a private and passionate kiss while in the parlor on Christmas Day, just before he leaves for the war. In the hospital, Scarlett and Melanie care for a convalescent soldier (Cliff Edwards).

Eight months later, as the city is besieged by the Union Army in the Atlanta Campaign, Melanie goes into a premature and difficult labor. Staying true to a promise Scarlett made to Ashley to "take care of Melanie," she and her young house servant Prissy (Butterfly McQueen) must deliver the child without medical attendance. Scarlett calls upon Rhett to bring her home to Tara immediately with Melanie, Prissy, and the baby. He appears with a horse and wagon to take them out of the city on a perilous journey through the burning depot and warehouse district. He leaves her with a nearly dead horse, helplessly frail Melanie, her baby, and tearful Prissy, and with a passionate kiss as he goes off to fight. On her journey home, Scarlett finds Twelve Oaks burned out, ruined and deserted. She is relieved to find Tara still standing but deserted by all except her parents, her sisters, and two servants: Mammy and Pork (Oscar Polk). Scarlett learns that her mother has just died of typhoid fever and her father's mind has begun to crumble under the strain. With Tara pillaged by Union troops and the fields untended, Scarlett vows she will do anything for the survival of her family and herself, exclaiming, "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!"

Scarlett sets her family and servants to picking the cotton fields. She also kills a Union deserter who threatens her during a burglary and finds Union currency in his wallet, enough to sustain her family and servants for a time. With the defeat of the Confederacy and war's end, Ashley returns. Mammy restrains Scarlett from running to him when he reunites with Melanie. The dispirited Ashley finds he is of little help to Tara, and when Scarlett begs him to run away with her, he confesses his desire for her and kisses her passionately, but says he cannot leave Melanie. Gerald O'Hara dies after he is thrown from his horse in an attempt to chase from his property a Scalawag, his former plantation overseer (Victor Jory) who now wants to buy Tara.

Scarlett realizes she cannot pay the rising taxes on Tara implemented by Reconstructionists. Knowing Rhett is in Atlanta, she has Mammy make an elaborate gown for her from her mother’s drapes. However, upon her visit, Rhett, now in jail, tells her his foreign bank accounts have been blocked, and that her attempt to get his money has been in vain. As Scarlett departs, she encounters her sister’s fiancé, the middle-aged Frank Kennedy (Carroll Nye), who now owns a successful general store and lumber mill. Scarlett lies to Kennedy by saying Suellen got tired of waiting and married another beau, and after becoming Mrs. Frank Kennedy, Scarlett takes over his business and becomes wealthy. When Ashley is about to take a job with a bank in the north, Scarlett preys on his weakness by weeping that she needs him to help run the mill; pressured by the sympathetic Melanie, he relents. One day, after Scarlett is attacked while driving alone through a nearby shantytown, Frank, Ashley, and others make a night raid on the shantytown. Ashley is wounded in a melee with Union troops, and Frank is killed.

With Frank’s funeral barely over, Rhett visits Scarlett and proposes marriage. Scarlett accepts. He kisses her passionately and tells her that he will win her love one day because they are both the same. After a honeymoon in New Orleans, Rhett promises to restore Tara to its former grandeur, while Scarlett builds the biggest mansion in Atlanta. The two have a daughter. Scarlett wants to name her Eugenie Victoria, but Rhett names her Bonnie Blue Butler (Cammie King). Rhett adores her. He does everything to win the good opinion of Atlanta society for his daughter’s sake. Scarlett, still pining for Ashley and chagrined at the perceived ruin of her figure (her waist has gone from eighteen-and-a-half inches to twenty), lets Rhett know that she wants no more children and that they will no longer share a bed. In anger, he kicks open the door that separates their bedrooms to show her that she cannot keep him away.

When visiting the mill one day, Scarlett listens to a nostalgic Ashley, and when she consoles him with an embrace, they are spied by two gossips including Ashley's sister India (Alicia Rhett), who hates Scarlett. They eagerly spread the rumor and Scarlett’s reputation is again sullied. Later that night, Rhett, having heard the rumors, forces Scarlett out of bed and to attend a birthday party for Ashley. Incapable of believing anything bad of her beloved sister-in-law, Melanie stands by Scarlett's side so that all know that she believes the gossip to be false.

At home later that night, Scarlett finds Rhett downstairs drunk. Blind with jealousy, he tells Scarlett that he could kill her if he thought it would make her forget Ashley. He carries her up the stairs in his arms, telling her, "This is one night you're not turning me out." She awakens the next morning with a look of guilty pleasure, but Rhett returns to apologize for his behavior and offers a divorce, which Scarlett rejects saying it would be a disgrace. Rhett decides to take Bonnie on an extended trip to London only to realize, after Bonnie suffers a terrible nightmare, that she still needs her mother by her side. Rhett returns and Scarlett is delighted to see him, but he rebuffs her attempts at reconciliation. She tells him that she is pregnant again. An argument ensues, and Scarlett, enraged, lunges at Rhett, falls down the stairs, and suffers a miscarriage. 

Rhett, frantic with guilt, cries to Melanie about his jealousy yet refrains from telling Melanie about Scarlett's feelings for Ashley. As Scarlett is recovering, little Bonnie dies while attempting to jump a fence with her pony. Scarlett blames Rhett; Rhett blames himself. Melanie visits the home to comfort them and convinces Rhett to allow Bonnie to be laid to rest, but then collapses during a second pregnancy she was warned could kill her.

On her deathbed, Melanie asks Scarlett to look after Ashley for her, as Scarlett had looked after her for Ashley. With her dying breath, Melanie tells Scarlett to be kind to Rhett because he loves her. Outside, Ashley collapses in tears, forcing Scarlett to realize that Ashley only ever truly loved Melanie. Scarlett runs home to find Rhett preparing to leave. She pleads with him, telling him she realizes now that she had loved him all along, that she never really loved Ashley. However, he refuses, saying that with Bonnie's death went any chance of reconciliation.

As Rhett walks out the door, she pleads, "Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?" He answers, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" and walks away into the fog. She sits on her stairs and weeps in despair, "What is there that matters?" She then recalls the voices of Gerald, Ashley, and Rhett, all of whom remind her that her strength comes from Tara itself. Hope lights Scarlett's face: "Tara! Home. I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!" Scarlett returns to the plantation, standing once more, resolute, before Tara.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

A Summer Place - Music Composed and Conducted by Max Steiner

  1. Main Title
  2. Dignity
  3. Pine Island Off The Port Bow
  4. There's A Boy Watching Me!
  5. Flotsam And Jetsam
  6. Romance Remembered
  7. Bright Dreams / The Garden
  8. A Filthy Word
  9. Alone In The Attic
  10. A Small! Prayer
  11. The Boat House
  12. Shipwrecked
  13. Returning Home
  14. The Examination
  15. Hiding Among The Rocks
  16. Harlot Of A Mother
  17. A Common Slut / Molly Found
  18. Scandal!
  19. A Letter To Johnny
  20. Long Distance Call
  21. Liebestraum
  22. Lohengrin
  23. Merry Christmas Mama!
  24. Ken Visits Molly At Briarwood
  25. Ken And Sylvia's House
  26. Reunion On The Beach
  27. Shacking Up
  28. Passion Discovered
  29. Be Sensible
  30. Holding Hands At Briarwood
  31. Drunken Father
  32. Homecoming / End Title
Summer Place

A Summer Place is a 1959 romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Sloan Wilson. It was directed by Delmer Daves and stars Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee. The film would become famous for its main instrumental theme.

The story examines the adult lives of two onetime teen lovers, Ken (Egan) and Sylvia (McGuire), who were from different social strata. Ken was self-supporting, working as a lifeguard at Pine Island, an exclusive Maine resort, while Sylvia's nouveau riche family stayed as guests of the owners, one summer between years at college. They went on to marry different people – entirely the wrong people, it turned out. Ken's wife Helen (Constance Ford) turns out to be frigid and shuts him out romantically, while Sylvia's husband Bart (Arthur Kennedy) becomes an alcoholic, gradually costing him the family fortune. Ken buries himself in the research chemist's job he finds after college, while Sylvia devotes herself first to charity work, then motherhood.

The saving grace of each marriage is their children, Sylvia's son Johnny (Troy Donahue) and Ken's daughter Molly (Sandra Dee). Ken and Sylvia meet again on Pine Island after twenty years, with Ken now wealthy through his chemistry work, while Bart has turned his family's mansion (their sole remaining asset) into an inn, which is failing. Johnny and Molly meet and fall in love, while Ken and Sylvia begin to cheat on their spouses with each other.

Ken and Sylvia eventually leave their spouses and marry. Bart ends up being taken to a sanitarium for treatment of his alcoholism but not after Johnny and Molly visit him requesting permission to marry as Molly is pregnant.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The composer

Austrian-born film composer Max Steiner (May 10, 1888 – December 28, 1971) was the grandson of the musical impresario who discovered Strauss and brought Offenbach to Vienna. Growing up with a rich heritage of opera and symphony all about him, Steiner developed into a musical prodigy; at the age of 13 he graduated from the Imperial Academy of Music, completing the course in one year and winning the Gold Medal of the Emperor. Already a composer at 14 and conductor at 16, Steiner moved from Austria to England in 1905, remaining there to conduct at His Majesty's Theatre until 1914. With the outbreak of the war, he emigrated to America, where he kept busy with Broadway musicals and operettas. One of his most beneficial American jobs was to compose the music to be conducted during screenings of the silent film The Bondman (1915); he became a friend of William Fox, the film's producer, giving Steiner early entree into the Hollywood that would so gainfully employ him in later years. In 1929, he was brought to fledgling RKO Radio Studios to orchestrate the film adaptation of Ziegfeld's Rio Rita (1929). Always confident in his talents, Steiner was realistic enough to understand that he was hired by RKO because he cost a tenth of what someone like Stokowski would charge. While at RKO, he developed his theory that music should be a function of the dramatic content of a film, and not merely background filling. His scores for such films as Symphony of Six Million (1932), The Informer (1935), and, especially, King Kong (1933) are carefully integrated works, commenting upon the visual images, augmenting the action, and heightening the dramatic impact. While Steiner's detractors would characterize his spell-it-out technique as "Mickey Mousing" (in reference to the music heard in animated cartoons), producers, directors, and stars came to rely upon Steiner to make a good film better, and a great film superb. After 111 pictures at RKO, Steiner was hired by David O. Selznick, who assigned the composer to write the score for Gone with the Wind (1939). Virtually 75-percent of this 221-minute epic required music of some sort, and Steiner rose to the occasion with what many consider his finest work. One concept refined in Gone with the Wind was to give each important character his or her own separate musical motif -- quite an undertaking when one realizes how many speaking parts there were in the film. Around that time, Steiner began working at Warner Bros, where he penned the studio's famous "opening logo" fanfare and also provided evocative scores for such classics as Now Voyager (1942), Casablanca (1942), and Mildred Pierce (1945). A proud, vain man, Steiner frequently found himself the butt of good-natured practical jokes from his fellow composers, but at Oscar time, it was usually Steiner who had the last laugh. He remained active until 1965, contributing scores to The Caine Mutiny (1954), The Searchers (1955), A Summer Place (1959), and many other films. It was only at the very end of his career, with such retrogressive scores as Youngblood Hawke (1964), that Max Steiner's once-revolutionary technique began to sound old hat. 

(by Hal Erickson from allmusic.com)

sexta-feira, 30 de dezembro de 2011

Paul Weston and His Orchestra - Music for a rainy night

  1. I'll Remember April
  2. I See Your Face Before Me
  3. Little Girl Blue
  4. A Garden in the Rain
  5. Dearly Beloved
  6. Soon
  7. Isn't It Romantic
  8. Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)
  9. I Can't Get Started
  10. You're Nearer
  11. Day by Day
  12. Why Was I Born
Music For A Rainy Night

quinta-feira, 29 de dezembro de 2011

Paul Weston - Music for Memories

  1. Just Friends
  2. You Go To My Head
  3. Blue Moon
  4. Love Locked Out
  5. My Moonlight Madonna
  6. No Other Love
  7. All The Things You Are
  8. Somebody Loves Me
  9. Deep Purple
  10. East Of The Sun
  11. I'll Be Seeing You
  12. I'll String Along With You
Music For Memories

Paul Weston (born Paul Weststein, March 12, 1912 – September 20, 1996) was one of the most diverse and talented arrangers and conductors of the '40s and '50s, moving from mainstream swing and jazz to instrumental easy listening pop in the course of his career. Though he began his career playing hard swing, Weston is the father of mood music -- lush, relaxing instrumental orchestral pop designed to provide a soundtrack to everyday events like romance and dining. Originally, Weston was an economics major at Dartmouth. While he was a student, he became fascinated with jazz, particularly swing, and began playing in various college bands. Soon, he decided to pursue a career in music.

Weston became known as a vocal arranger. His work with Rudy Vallee brought him to national attention. After arranging for Vallee, he attempted to work with Bing Crosby, but the results were unsuccessful. Following the failed Crosby venture, Weston became an arranger for Tommy Dorsey, which is where he made his reputation. While with Dorsey, he wrote jumping, swinging charts for the band and vocalists like Dinah Shore and Jo Stafford, whom he would marry in the mid-'40s.

Weston became the A&R director for Capitol Records in 1944, when the label was just beginning. Though he continued to write fast swing charts for a time, Weston noticed that the tastes of the public were beginning to move toward gentler material, so he adjusted his music accordingly. Weston released his first album of mood music, Music for Dreaming, in 1945. Music for Dreaming was decidedly calmer than his previous work, though there was a subtle swing driving the subdued music. The album was a major success, and Weston continued to record albums of smooth, string-laden music for the next five years. By 1950, the term "mood music" had been adopted by the press to describe this style of instrumental pop.

Weston left Capitol Records in 1950 for Columbia Records, where he continued to record albums of instrumental mood music. He also continued to write arrangements and conduct sessions for artists like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Shore, and Doris Day. By the end of the decade, he had returned to Capitol Records, where he stayed throughout the '60s.

During this time, he and Jo Stafford recorded a handful of albums as Jonathan & Darlene Edwards. The Jonathan & Darlene albums were comedy records that parodied nightclub acts; on each record Stafford sang offkey and Weston horridly played out of time and out of key.

In the early '70s, Weston and Stafford both retired. The couple began a reissue label, Corinthian Records, in the early '90s which released CD versions of their music. 

(by Stephen Thomas Erlewine from allmusic.com)

I Love Those Songs - Various Artists

  1. A Fine Romance - Margaret Whiting
  2. A Taste Of Honey - Tony Bennett
  3. Embraceable You - Cleo Laine
  4. Hello Dolly! - Matt Monro
  5. I Wanna Be Around - Tony Bennett
  6. I'm Old Fashioned - Ella Fitzgerald
  7. I'm Through With Love - Bob Manning
  8. I've Never Been In Love Before - Barbra Streisand
  9. La Vie En Rose - Melissa Manchester
  10. Love Me Or Leave Me - Doris Day
  11. Moonlight Becomes You - Dick Haymes
  12. Our Love Is Here To Stay - Dinah Shore
  13. S' Posin' - The Kirby Stone Four
  14. Smile - Neil Sedaka
  15. Somethin' Stupid - Peggy Lee
  16. Sunrise, Sunset - Johnny Hartman
  17. Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
  18. The Girl From Ipanema - Vic Damone
  19. The Lady Is A Tramp - Frank Sinatra
  20. There Goes My Heart - Nat King Cole
  21. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Jane Morgan
  22. Till There Was You - John Gary
  23. Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
  24. Yesterday - Eddie Fischer
  25. You've Changed - George Michael
  26. When My Baby Smiles At Me - Bobby Darin
I Love Those Songs

terça-feira, 27 de dezembro de 2011

Ray Charles & Cleo Laine - Porgy & Bess - Orchestra arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol

  1. Summertime
  2. My Man's Gone Now
  3. A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
  4. They Pass By Singin'
  5. What You Want Wid Bess?
  6. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
  7. Buzzard Song
  8. Bess, You Is My Woman
  9. Oh, Doctor Jesus
  10. Crab Man
  11. Here Come De Honey Man
  12. Strawberry Woman (Instrumental)
  13. Strawberry Woman
  14. It Ain't Necessarily So
  15. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
  16. I Loves You, Porgy
  17. Oh, Bess, Oh Where's My Bess (Instrumental)
  18. Oh, Bess, Oh Where's My Bess
  19. Oh, Lord, I'm On My Way
Porgy & Bess

Charles and Cleo Laine duet on the songs from George Gershwin's opera, in a version arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol (who provides extra instrumentals) and produced by Norman Granz. The material is perfect for the performers, and they give it an effective, if unstudied, treatment.  

(by William Ruhlmann from allmusic.com)

Cleo Laine

Ray Charles

Frank DeVol

domingo, 25 de dezembro de 2011

Tony Bennett - Snowfall - The Tony Bennett Christmas Album - Music arranged and conducted by Robert Farnon

  1. My Favorite Things
  2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  3. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  4. Medley: We Wish You A Merry Christmas / Silent Night, Holy Night / O Come All Ye Faithful / Jingle Bells / Where Is Love
  5. Christmasland
  6. I Love The Winter Weather / I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  7. White Christmas
  8. Winter Wonderland
  9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  10. Snowfall
  11. I'll Be Home For Christmas
Christmas Album

The Mantovani Orchestra - Santa's Helpers

  1. O Come All Ye Faithful
  2. Medley: Sleigh Ride / Jingle Bells / Christmas Song / Let It Snow / Winter Wonderland / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / Rudolph The Red-Noised Reindeer
  3. Good King Wenceslas
  4. The Holly And The Ivy
  5. Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
  6. Sleeping Beauty - Pas De Deux
  7. Ding Dong Merrily On High
  8. Silent Night
Santa's Helpers

The Beegie Adair Trio - Jazz Piano Christmas

  1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  4. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  5. The Christmas Song
  6. The Little Drummer Boy
  7. Frosty The Snowman
  8. White Christmas
  9. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  10. The Christmas Waltz
  11. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
  12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem / When You Wish Upon A Star
  13. Jingle Bells
Jazz Piano Christmas

James Last - The Best Christmas

  1. Nissernes Vagtparade (Goblins' Parade)
  2. Glade Jul, Dejlige Jul (Stille Nacht)
  3. Santa Lucia
  4. Ave Maria
  5. Schlittenfahrt Zum Weihnachtsmarkt
  6. Largo (Aus Xerxes) (Handel)
  7. Kling, Glöckchen Klingelingeling / Lasst Uns Froh Und Munter Sein / Oh Du Fröhliche
  8. Vinter (Largo)
  9. White Christmas / Midnight In December / Jingle Bells
  10. Ave Verum Corpus
  11. Fröhliche Weihnacht Überall
  12. Happy Christmas (with Howard Carpendale)
  13. Am Weihnachtsbaume Die Lichte Brennen / En Rose Sá Jeg Skyde
  14. Heidschi Bumbeidschi
  15. Ave Maria No Morro
  16. Schlittenfahrt Im Winterwald / Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
  17. Skuld Gammel Venskab Rejn Forgá (Days Of Lang Syne)
Best Christmas

Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa - Christmas Concertos

A. Corelli (1653 - 1713) - Concerto per la notte di Natale in G minor Op. 6/8

1. Vivace - grave
2. Allegro
3. Adagio - allegro - adagio
4. Vivace
5. Allegro - largo

G. B. Sammartini (1701 - 1775) - Concerto di Natale Op. 5/6

6. Spiritoso
7. Allegro
8. Spiritoso
9. Rondo
10. Pastorale

G. Torelli (1658 - 1709) - Concerto per il Santo Natale in G minor Op. 8/6

11. Grave - vivace
12. Largo
13. Vivace

F. M. Manfredini (1684 - 1762) - Concerto Grosso per il Santissimo Natale in C major Op. 3/12

14. Pastorale
15. Largo
16. Allegro

P. A. Locatelli (1695 - 1764) - Concerto di Natale in F minor Op. 1/8

17. Largo
18. Grave
19. Vivace
20. Grave
21. Largo
22. Andante
23. Pastorale


Veliana Dimova, first violin;
Emilia Vangelova, second violin;
Jan Pipal, cello;
Maria Amelia Abreu, harpsichord;
Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa;
Alvaro Cassuto, conductor

This album contains five beautiful Baroque Concertos which were intended for the feast of Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. In the Baroque period (and still long afterwards) both sacred and secular music was mainly written for special occasions. Music was ordered by church principals or the aristocracy and the composer was well aware of the fact that his music would probably be performed only once. These composers did not write for eternal fame, they just wrote by standing order. Still this rather functional approach of artistic expression (at least seen through the eyes of a twentieth-century esthetic) does not mean that these composers were less capable of creating beautiful art. On the contrary.

Above all other countries Italy maintained a musical supremacy (which was affirmed above all in the field of instrumental music and opera) during the last twenty years of the seventeenth century and during much of the eighteenth century. The instrumental style of the Italian school developed rapidly. In keyboard composition, the styles of organ and harpsichord separated finally and unmistakably, while, at the same time, a specific instrumental style of writing for the violin was also beginning to emerge. The first important form which is fully recognizable by the mid seventeenth-century was the trio sonata, which was to prepare the way for later types of chamber music and even played a part in the origins of the symphony.

The Italian composers of the later seventeenth century were quick to improve on the no doubt rudimentary, but already established musical forms to which they were the heirs, and their works often anticipate those of the eighteenth-century masters of central Europe, who were happy to seek inspiration from them. It is well-known, for example, that the great Johann Sebastian Bach studied the works of Antonio Vivaldi, many of which he transcribed for harpsichord.

If the early and middle Baroque in Italy were times of experimentation and novelty, followed by consolidation, the late Baroque was a time of ripening and fulfillment, of firmly established forms that encouraged composers in the invention of new ideas. Where Arcangelo Corelli stands for the establishment of the late Baroque ideal in the instrumental field, Vivaldi stands for its final phase.

In many respects the work of Corelli forms the link between the seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries; he did not actually invent the musical forms which he employed (like for instance the Concerto Grosso) but Corelli gave them a nobility and perfection which makes him one of the greatest 'classicists'. On the other hand Vivaldi holds a major position in the history of musical form: he developed the solo concerto, and he was no less an innovator in the field of symphonic writing; its pre-classic form reached the height of precision in his operatic overtures as well as in the orchestral passages of his concertos.

Contemporary composers like Sammartini, Torelli, Manfreddini and Locatelli added lustre to the Venetian school. The Christmas Concertos presented on this record tell us much about their talent to write both occasional and beautiful music.

(Famke Damsté, from the original liner notes)

Christmas Concertos

Merry Christmas to You!

We wish all our visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Max Hedrom Team 

sábado, 24 de dezembro de 2011

Ray Conniff - 'S Christmas

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  3. O Velhinho
  4. Frosty The Snowman
  5. Silver Bells
  6. Sleigh Ride
  7. The Real Meaning Of Christmas
  8. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
  9. Silent Night
  10. White Christmas
  11. What Child Is This
  12. O Tannenbaum
  13. Noel Medley: The First Noel / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Adeste Fideles / O Come All Ye Faithful / We Wish You A Merry Christmas
It was wonderful working with 25 singers again on this Christmas album.
I just wish everyone who listens to this album could have stood beside me on the conducting podium in front of the 25 singers. It was truly a great thrilling experience.

(Ray Conniff, from the original liner notes)

Arranged, produced and conducted by Ray Conniff

'S Christmas

Joe Williams - That Holiday Feelin'

  1. Christmas Rainbows
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  4. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
  5. Kissing By The Mistletoe
  6. Silent Night
  7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  8. Silver Bells
  9. Christmas Waltz
  10. The Christmas Song
  11. A Child Is Born
Holiday Feelin'

Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra - The Christmas Album

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. White Christmas
  3. Trois Anges Sont Venus
  4. Silent Night, Holy Night
  5. Rin Rin
  6. Entre Le Boeuf Et L'Ane Gris
  7. Gloria In Excelsis Deo
  8. Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant
  9. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)
  10. Adeste Fideles
  11. O' Holy Night
  12. Petit Papa Noel
Christmas Album

sexta-feira, 23 de dezembro de 2011

The Glenn Miller Orchestra - In The Christmas Mood Vol. 2

  1. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  2. White Christmas
  3. Medley: Away In A Manger / Ave Maria / The First Noel
  4. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
  5. Winter Wonderland
  6. The Christmas Song
  7. Medley: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Angels We Have Heard On A Christmas Day
  8. (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays
  9. Good King Wenceslas
  10. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  11. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  12. Auld Lang Syne
Christmas Mood 2

The Anita Kerr Singers - Christmas With Anita Kerr

  1. Spend This Holiday With Me
  2. Jingle Bell Rock
  3. Hurry Come For Christmas
  4. The Gift Of Song
  5. The Bell That Couldn't Jingle
  6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  7. What Month Was Jesus Born In
  8. Bach Choral - Christmas Oratorium
  9. Poor Little Jesus
  10. The Little Drummer Boy
  11. Do You Hear What I Hear
  12. Some Children See Him
Christmas With Kerr

Andre Kostelanetz His Orchestra and Chorus - Joy To The World

  1. The First Noel
  2. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  3. Silent Night
  4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  6. Sugar Plum Fairy Interlude / Waltz Of The Flowers (Tchaikovsky)
  7. What Child Is This? / Joy To The World
  8. White Christmas
  9. Sleigh Ride
  10. Away In A Manger
  11. We Three Kings Of Orient Are 
  12. March Of The Toys / Toyland
  13. O Holy Night
  14. The Skater's Waltz
Joy To The World

quinta-feira, 22 de dezembro de 2011

The Glenn Miller Orchestra - In The Christmas Mood

  1. Sleigh Ride
  2. Medley: O Holy Night / Joy To The World / Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
  3. Rudolph The Red-Noised Reindeer
  4. Silver Bells
  5. Jingle Bells
  6. Frosty The Snowman
  7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  8. Medley: Oh Christmas Tree / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  9. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  10. Silent Night
  11. In The Christmas Mood
Christmas Mood

The Pete King Chorale and Orchestra - Christmas Time

  1. My Favorite Things
  2. Silver Bells
  3. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen / It Came Upon The Midnight Clear / Joy To The World
  4. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  5. Sleigh Ride
  6. Adeste Fideles / Silent Night
  7. The Night Before Christmas
  8. The Little Drummer Boy
  9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  10. Mary's Little Boy Child
  11. The First Noel / Away In A Manger / Oh, Holy Night
  12. White Christmas
Christmas Time

Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops - A Christmas Festival

  1. A Christmas Festival Medley: Joy To The World / Deck The Halls / Good King Wenceslas / God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / The First Noel / Silent Night / Jingle Bells / O Come, All Ye Faithful
  2. White Christmas
  3. Sleigh Ride (Anderson)
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
  6. Little Drummer Boy
  7. What Child Is This (Fantasia On "Greensleeves")
  8. The Toy Trumpet (Al Hirt, on trumpet)
  9. Carol Of The Bells
  10. March Of The Toys
  11. Hansel And Gretel: Dream Pantomime
  12. Sleigh Ride (Mozart)
  13. The Nutcracker: Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky)
  14. Christmas Medley: Here We Come A-Caroling / O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
  15. Rudolph The Red-Noised Reindeer
  16. Silent Night
  17. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Christmas Festival

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