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  1. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 23, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    Over the next few months, I will be creating archive pages for our posts featuring music from the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. So far, none of the links found on these old posts have disappeared; the ISGM music library portal itself has changed however, with more fine-grained filters.

    ISGM Music Portal page – https://www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/music

    Archive page for this ISGM share - https://archive.org/details/001-stri....-1-in-c-minor

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    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 21, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.


    We can’t help but feel nostalgic about that magical evening in 1963, two months before the Kennedy assassination and in the midst of Montréal’s “golden age”. The hall that was inaugurated that evening stopped being the MSO’s home base September 7, 2011 but that hall’s inaugural gala concert didn’t have the same cachet in my humble opinion.

    The original post’s archival links from Radio-Canada are no longer active, but we did manage to find the below broadcast footage of the entire concert on YouTube. The sound quality is not the greatest (I get the impression this was filmed off an old Philco TV set) but we never the less get transported to the night that was, with the pomp and circumstance launched with great zeal by Maestro Pelletier leading the orchestra in the two anthems representing Canada’s two solitudes (remember that O Canada was not officially our National Anthem until 1980!)

    How quickly we forget how young Zubin Mehta was at the time (27 years old!!). The MSO’s newest Music Director, Rafael Payare, is an old man at age… 42! The quality of the orchestra has also greatly improved – some of the mishaps in the Mahler are quickly overlooked given the solemnity of the night but would garner unanimously bad reviews were they present at a regular subscription concert.

    More Montréal nostalgia: the official program for the evening…

    Links of interest:

    The official program – https://archive.org/details/programm...1963-compresse
    Archived copy of the concert (video) – https://archive.org/details/ravel-ma...montracal-1963
    Archived (edited) audio track - https://archive.org/details/pda-1963



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  3. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 18 and 19, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    As I discussed in the original post, the tracks I downloaded from Public Domain Classic did not contain all sixty sonatas from the set recorded by Ralph Kirkpatrick in the 1950’s. After further research, I believe the source could have been an Italian CD reissue containing 53 sonatas (Discogs link here). The Discogs reference in the original post points to a CBS Odyssey reissue of the sixty sonatas “in two volumes”, but the link itself points to Volume 1 only. The better link is to the original 1960 box set from Columbia (SL-221).

    In order to complete the set, I found (and assembled) some YouTube clips remastering the sixty sonatas in digital/faux stereo. The playlist is here:

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL...ZLyFTpwFN6aV1H

    I uploaded the missing sonatas from those clips and added them to the original archive page (link in above original post)

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  4. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 17, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.


    As it happens, the YouTube clip that was used in the original post has since been removed. However, I did find an alternate playlist for your reference and listening pleasure. I note the playlist matches the original album in my collection, containing the Suite Española:

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OL...8E7fBV7gs8X7Ww

    Our archive page – https://archive.org/details/202IberiaLivre4No.11laMi

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  5. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 11 and 12, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    A few years ago, I created a pair of archive pages for the music shared in this post:

    The “unedited” video itself – https://archive.org/details/BBCProms...ightOfTheProms

    The audio track, with some editing – https://archive.org/details/LNP200402



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  6. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 9, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.


    Many of the early posts in the Vinyl’s Revenge series did not have an archive page, as we relied entirely on the YouTube playlist discussed in the original post. A survey of YouTube content shows many Wagner/Edo de Waart recordings, but no digital uploads of this specific recording other than ours. The archive page for this share uses our original digital transfer files:

    https://archive.org/details/02DieFeenOverture


    A word about the transfer quality: I used my old Crosley “One touch” recording system. It is convenient but sometimes introduces glitches. The Die Feen overture in particular had a few digital glitches. In spite of some wear and surface noise, the transfer is generally good.


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  7. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 8, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    In preparation for this post update, I encountered the discogs page for this particular CBC Records release and discovered (to my surprise!) that my above musing on this old vinyl disc was posted here as notes! The page link:

    https://www.discogs.com/Respighi-Sch...elease/6999490

    Many of the early posts in the Vinyl’s Revenge series did not have an archive page, as we relied entirely on the YouTube playlist discussed in the original post. The archive page for this share uses our original digital transfer files:

    https://archive.org/details/06-symph...en-re-majeur-d.

    A word about the transfer quality: I used my old Crosley “One touch” recording system. It is convenient but sometimes introduces glitches. The Respighi side of the LP is quite good, but the Schubert less so. The first movement has some surface noise and unfortunately a skip or two. I retained the transfer (my best effort) as I like the overall interpretation.


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  8. PaulFranz's Avatar
    I'd just like to point out that he has many more recorded versions of The Music of the Night than you've mentioned. Besides the many bootleg recordings (which could count as live ones), there's the live one at the Tony Awards in 91, the one on With Love and The Phantom Unmasked, the one with Barbara Streisand, and the one from the highlights CD.

    Also, I do consider his singing (a bit) operatic, especially when compared to that of most of the phantoms that came after him. The way they open up and belt above their secondi passaggi stands in marked contrast to his typical classical cover. I really started noticing this after studying theatrical and then classical singing, and noticing that everyone I sang with listened to other, more modern musical theater singers who never did anything like covering.
    Very few singers would or could sing O Holy Night with the approach that he used.

    Also, he may be my favorite singer of all time, though 99% of what I listen to is classical nowadays.
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  9. itywltmt's Avatar
    We are featuring the music from this post as part of our ongoing “222 day Binge Challenge” on the For Your Listening Pleasure podcast September 5, 2021. The following notes are an update with useful links we have created or discovered since the original post.

    I was pleased to find this vintage radio broadcast performance by Mrs. Nelsova and Georg Ludwig Jochum on YouTube as part of the anthology collection of RIAS recordings made between 1956 and 1965 ”Portrait Zara Nelsova”. This anthology also includes works which she never recorded for a commercial label. It can be found at this address:It can be found, along with other performances by our soloist at this address:

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OL...Sp9CPYXZiI8WCA

    Many of the early posts in the Vinyl’s Revenge series did not have an archive page, as we relied entirely on the YouTube playlist discussed in the original post. Sometimes, the material (as was the case here) was uploaded from our vinyl collection, but sometimes relied on existing links that can disappear without notice. This is the reason why we later git in the habit of creating archive pages.
    The archive page for this Zara Nelsova post uses the newly discovered digital material:

    https://archive.org/details/01-conce...ncelle-et-orch

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  10. pianozach's Avatar
    I've musical directed dozens of musicals, and have been in the pit for a hundred more.

    Bye Bye Birdie is one of my least favorite musicals for several reasons, and, as a consequence, not one of my favorite Overtures.

    Phantom of the Opera has never impressed me. I don't enjoy Lloyd Webber's compositional "style" that much, although I do love Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

    The Overtures to Funny Girl (I don't know if I've ever heard it at all) and Candide (and I love me some Bernstein) don't really come to mind. But I'll cue them up.

    But I can tell you, of the hundreds I've heard and played, which ones are the most favorably memorable

    Gypsy
    Oklahoma
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    The Fantasticks
    West Side Story
    Urinetown
    The Man of La Mancha


    There's a few other openings that are memorable, but they are shows without Overtures or Prologues: Assassins, Fiddler On the Roof, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Cabaret, Evita, City of Angels.

    There's also some film Overtures that have stuck with me: Wizard of Oz, Around the World in 80 Days, Les Misérables.
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