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Basically Beethoven is a big hit in Dallas…

Ludwig van Beethoven

Well known portrait of Beethoven

 

I just got back from the final performance of this years Basically Beethoven festival.  The Basically Beethoven festival is an annual event every July.  The principal organization that is behind the event is The Fine Arts Chamber Players.  The first half of the program featured 3 young students from the Suzuki Institute of Dallas.  An 8 year old boy played the first movement of a Haydn Sonata, a 9 year girl played Csardas by Vittorio Monti, and a 14 year old boy played the Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 of Chopin.  It was an amazing display of talent by some very young and very seasoned performers.

Another great thing about this concert was the attendance.  There were probably more than 400 people there and they were from all walks of life and age groups.  It was great to see so many young people at a concert of this type of music.

After the intermission the Aeolus Quartet took the stage.  The Aeolus Quartet is a fairly new group that was formed in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  (By the way, before they performed they announced that they were all also Suzuki school graduates.)  They are already making a big name for themselves.  They took their name from the Greek god Aeolus who was god of the wind.  An interesting name for a group of string players.

The first piece they performed was by an American composer named Michael Torke (b.1961)  Torke studied composition at Yale University where he emerged as a major force in the “post-Minimalism” movement.  At the very young age of 23 he launched his professional career.  He has written scores for the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as well as other commissions.   The composition was called “Corner in Manhattan.  It is a descriptive composition of a three way intersection near Tocke’s home in New York. The first movement is called “Sixth Ave. in the Afternoon”, the second is called “Bedford St. at Night”, and the third movement is called “Houston St. in the Morning.”

Usually contemporary compositions send most audiences scurrying for the exits.  This however was a very easy piece to listen to.  In the first movement you could really hear the rushing of traffic and people on the streets.  The second movement was quiet and very melodic.  It featured a haunting melody that was passed from player to player.  The last movement was descriptive of a city slowly waking up.  The starting and stopping of cars, the constant but irregular noise that slowly builds until finally the day begins.

The piece received a spirited and accomplished performance.  The quartet played as one person in perfect symmetry.

The featured work was the great masterpiece of Beethoven:  String Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132.  This quartet was finished in 1825; just two years before Beethoven’s death.  He had been extremely sick and even his Doctor thought Beethoven might not recover.  Although the quartet is not programmatic (like the Torker piece) , it does mirror Beethoven’s feelings of near death, recovery, and renewed hope for the future.  Just like the 5th and 9th symphony the quartet takes a journey from darkness to light.

When the quartet started quietly,with great mystery and foreboding; I thought it sounded more modern than the Toche composition.  I believe I see the seed of every Mahler Symphony in this quartet.  First there is the way Beethoven repeats the exposition differently every time it appears.  He expands and modifies the Sonata Allegro form to the point that it is almost unrecognizable.  Transition sections sound like mini development sections.  The recapitulation occurs in a totally different and distant key.  The linear line of the music is far more important than the vertical structure.  Tonality is beginning to erode.  This movement received a dense and intense performance of high musicality.

The second movement surprisingly is not a Scherzo but more of a minuet.   Here is Mahler’s inspiration for all the Landlers in his symphony’s.  The Aeolus quartet had a great sense of the description Beethoven attached to the movement “Allegro ma non tanto”. (Meaning “Fast but not to much”).   You could easily feel the momentum of the minuet.

The heart of this masterwork is the third movement Adagio.  Again Beethoven blazes the trail for Mahler with this stunning, long, beautiful Adagio.  Beethoven attached a tittle to this movement that translates:  “A Holy Song of Thanksgiving to the Divinity, in the Lydian Mode.”  Lydian mode is just like the scale of F major except the note of B is not flat.  In other words, you would play in the key of F but use only the white keys.  It is an ancient church mode that goes back to the days of Gregorian Chant.  In this movement the Aeolus players cast a spell upon the audience.  I was transfixed and transported into a world of complete and heavenly beauty.  When the movement ended I could tell I was not alone. There was one of those rare moments when a movement ends and total silence was all one could hear.  Not a paper rattled, not a chair squeaked, not a person coughed, etc…  Total silence as the spell of this great performance died away in the performance hall.

The last two movements are joined by a violin recitative that is featured in the first movement.  The fourth movement is a very short march (Again a feature of several Mahler Symphonies.)  The brief march leads directly into the finale.  This movement was originally intended to be the last movement of the 9th symphony, but Beethoven abandoned it for the Choral finale that the 9th now ends with.  In this movement the music takes us through the catharsis that ultimately leads to Triumph.  The Aeolus quartet was more than up for the challenges as they easily scaled the mountaintop of music making.  Overall their playing was laser sharp and musically brilliant.  I expect we will be hearing more and more from this group of wonderful talented musicians.

Congratulations to the festival, the Fine Arts Chamber Players, and to the many people that came out to hear great music wonderfully played on a VERY HOT SUNDAY AFTERNOON!

 

 

 

 

 

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Rescuing Vinyl…

My wife went to several garage sales Friday while I was at work.  When I got home she told me about one place she went that had a large number of LP records.

“How many do you think they have?”, I asked.

“I don’t know, but there were about 4 or 5 medium sized boxes’, she says.

“Like what?”  I ask.

“Well, like Buckingham – Nicks, The Rolling Stones, Genesis…  You know, some pretty good rock -n -roll…”

We change the subject and life goes on until the next morning.  I wake up and the conversation from Friday is still rolling around in my brain.  I have to see what records these people have in their garage.   We decide to go back and see how many LP’s are left.

When we get there I see seven boxes are still left.  The people say that they want  50 cents per disc.  I pick out 22 that I can’t live without.  There were many that I wanted to buy.  It’s a garage sale so I negotiate.  “Since I’m buying 22 how about $8.00?”

“No, I really need 50 cents a record, sorry…”

I was really worried about all that vinyl.  It’s out in the Texas heat.  It’s over 100 degrees.  The records are barely in the shade.  It’s probably 100 degrees in the shade too.  I couldn’t stand to leave all that great music out in the heat.  What would happen to all that vinyl if I didn’t take it with me?  I don’t know what came over me but I blurted out “What if I give you $50 for all of them?”

The lady was stunned.  So was my wife!  The lady says “Sorry I can’t do that.”

“Well” I said, “if you don’t sell them here’s my number.”

I thought that was the end of it.  Pam and I go have lunch.  We are about to go home when the garage sale family calls me back.

“Does your offer still stand?”

“Sure, I’ll be there in 20 minutes.

We dr0ve back and loaded them in the SUV.  I had no idea how many LP’s there were.  When I got back home we counted them. 513!  Basically, I  bought them for 10 cents a piece.  Unbelievable!

There is much more to tell but suffice to let the picture speak for itself for now.  I rescued a lot of vinyl this weekend!

"The Mother Lode!"

LP Record haul from Garage Sale

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Captain Beyond leaves me “Sufficiently Breathless…”

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For those of you who haven’t friended me on Facebook, (A phrase I thought I would never utter!) I spent the Fourth of July in Austin, Texas.  I went to a really cool record and CD store call “End of an Ear”.  I strongly recommend them to any and everyone.  Visit their site at:  www.endofanear.com.  I can assure you that vinyl is alive and well in Austin Texas.  For a complete list of all the cool vinyl and CD stores in Austin check out www.VinylAroundAustin.com.

I tried to resist buying any more LP’s.  but I failed badly.  I picked up four great albums:  Captain Beyond – Sufficiently Breathless, Alan Parsons – I Robot, Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective, and a blues LP by a New Orleans pianist who was know as “Archibald”.

When I found the Captain Beyond LP I flipped out!  I’ve wanted this record ever since I first heard the title cut in 1975.  Back then F.M. Radio wasn’t like it is now.  It was kind of underground radio. D.J.’s had complete freedom as to what they played.  They could play without commercial interruption for long periods of time.  If a D.J. wanted to play the entire live version of Whipping Post from The Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East they could.  Captain Beyond was one of the “Cult Band’s” of that time.  They were a kind of Super Group.  

Sufficiently Breathless was the second LP from Captain Beyond. The LP also had different band members from the first LP.

The line up of the second LP was as follows:  Lee Dorman – Bass, Guille Garcia – Congas, Timbales, Percussion, Rhino (We will come back to him later) -Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Slide Guitars, Rod Evans – Lead and Harmony Vocals, Marty Rodriguez – Drums, Back-up Vocals, Reese Wynans – Electric and Acoustic Pianos, and Paul Hornsby  – Organ on “Starglow Energy”.

Lee Dorman was the bass player for Iron Butterfly when they recorded the Psychedelic Rock classic “In-Na-Gadda-Da-Vida”.  Dorman received all the song writing credit for this record because everyone else was being sued at the time.  It is unlikely that he wrote all the songs by himself, but he definitely was a major contributor.  Guille Garcia had played with Chicago and also played on Joe Walsh “Barnstorming” prior to joining Captain Beyond.  

This brings us to “Rhino.”  Rhino was the nick name of Larry Reinhardt.  Larry had played with Lee Dorman after Iron Butterfly recorded In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.  He first appeared on the album “Metamorphosis”   I actually saw Rhino and Dorman perform in El Paso Texas in 1976.  Iron Butterfly had reformed and were out on tour opening for Rush on the “Fly By Night” tour.  On “Sufficiently Breathless”  Rhino is simply named as Rhino.  If you check out the pictures above there is a detail shot of the band.  The guy in black is Rhino.  He looks like Jimmy Page.  The information super-highway was years away and so a lot of  rumors got started that Rhino was actually Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin).  I think it helped sell a lot of records for Captain Beyond.  I even remember hearing DJ’s on FM radio speculate about this very thing.  It kind of was a smaller version of “Paul is Dead”.   For years I thought that Rhino was Jimmy Page!

 

This brings us to Rod Evans.  Rod Evans was the first lead singer of Deep Purple.  He was the lead vocalist on their first to big hits:  “Hush” and “Kentucky Woman”.  The other members of the band felt their sound was to “Pop”  oriented so they kicked him out of the band and hired Ian Gillian.  (Ian Gillian was every bit as revered as  Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin when I was an angst ridden teenager.)  More on Rod Evans when we get to the wrap up.

I know very little about the Drummer Marty Rodriguez.  I do know that the new producer of “Sufficiently Breathless”  Giorgio Gomelsky did not like the original drummer Brian Glascock  even though he had played with Santana; so, Guille Garcia personally recommended Rodriguez.  

Reese Wynans is a very interesting person.  Reese had been in a band called Second Coming.  This band was a forerunner to The Allman Brothers.  Second Coming had Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley as members.  When Reese joined Captain Beyond, Betts and Oakley joined the Allman Brothers.  Reese got beat out of his spot in the Allman Brothers by some guy named Gregg Allman.  I guess blood is thicker than water.  Things worked out for Reese anyway.  We will get back to his story later as well.

Paul Hornsby is better know today as a major producer than as an organist.  He produced records of The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band.  Paul got involved in the session because he knew Reese through his involvement with the pre-Allman Brothers Band called Hour Glass.  Is this a web of musical incest or what?!?!

This LP was recorded in 1973.  It is dedicated to Berry Oakley.  In a strange twist of irony.  Berry Oakley was killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon Georgia almost exactly a year after Duane Allman was also killed in Macon Georgia in a motorcycle accident.  The accidents even occurred just a few blocks apart! With all the Allman Brothers connections on this album it is not surprising that it is dedicated to Oakley.

On the inside fold out of the album and on the back of the album; the song order on side one is wrong. I have no idea why.  The song order is correct on the albums label.  So let’s hear this great cult album from one of the original “Stoner Groups” Captain Beyond!

Side 1

 Sufficiently Breathless

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The LP starts with this very cool and laid back acoustic sound.  The percussion has a Latino flavor.  Then the chorus hits you and you know you are listening to the right stuff.  The lyrics are appropriately cryptic.  At the break we get the first great guitar solo from Rhino.  The background music becomes drone-like and sounds a little Eastern influenced.  There are great harmonies here.  Evans does a great job as lead vocal. And then it all fades out…

Bright Blue Tango

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Right off the bat we get a great dose of the keyboard word from Reese Wynans.  The song has a funky swing to it.  Not exactly a Tango but it does make you want to move your body through space.  Once again great guitar work by Rhino. 

Drifting In Space

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Now Captain Beyond shows their Allman Brothers/Santana roots.  This is really great music.  It swings!  Wynans has a great solo in the middle of the song.  Evans vocals are awesome.  The rhythm section has soul.

Evil Men

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Evil men starts out with a breezy almost Steely Dan guitar sound but quickly switches to a much more sinister sound.  Next a  percussion break followed by a nice guitar solo by Rhino.   Rhino has an extended solo over a stop-start back-beat.  The vocals return.  Rod Evans sings his heart out.  Then Side 1 ends with the fade out…

Side 2

Starglow Energy/Distant Sun

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Side 2 fades in with some nice keyboard work from Wynans and Hornsby.  Don’t tell me Alan Parsons wasn’t a big Captain Beyond fan.  This cut could have just as easily been on I Robot or some other Alan Parsons Project.  Starglow energy is one of my favorite cuts on the record.  It has a majestic feel to it.  Once again Rhino and Evans shine.  Personally, give me a” taste of Starglow Energy!”  The song fades out and then there is an immediate kick of percussion that summons in Distant Sun.  The beginning of this song foreshadows fusion jazz.  The song has a very jazz like middle section too.  This is just very creative high quality rock-n-roll. These guys didn’t want to sound like someone else.  What they came up with had never been heard before.  This is why this LP is considered by many different artist to have been very influential.  The end of this song is surprisingly abrupt.

Voyage Of Past Travellers/Everything’s A Circle

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Track 3 and 4 are uninterrupted as well.  Voyage of Past Travellers (Intentionally spelled this way by the song writer.)  Is very Pink Floyd sounding and segues directly into the final song Everything’s A Circle.    Voyage fades in like a bad radio signal.  There is some nice feedback guitar and then a mysterious voice send us a message.  There is a fade into the Bass guitar and percussion.  This could easily be Santana.    I love the duel guitar sound in this song. Once again the music takes on a Latin Swing sound.  Great percussion, great vocals.  The music makes you want to move.

So I hope you enjoyed Captain Beyond – Sufficiently Breathless.  I think it is one of the great “cult” LP’s of Rock-n-Roll.

So what happened after this great record was finished?  Well, Rod Evans had trouble getting along with others once again.  As soon as the record was completed he left the band due to tensions that developed during the recording sessions.  The band later reformed at the end of 1973 and went on tour.  There is a CD of Captain Beyond recorded “Live” in Arlington, Texas at The University of Texas at Arlington.  It was recorded in 1973 but not released until 2002.  They still couldn’t work out their differences and the band split up again.  Rod Evans completely got out of the music business.  He became a Respiratory Therapist  in 1980.  He was talked out of retirement to do a “Deep Purple” reunion tour.  The problem was Deep Purple didn’t want to have anything to do with Evans.  Rod Evans did the tour anyway and got sued.  He lost the law suit along with a +$6000,00o damage judgement.  In order to pay the damages he gave up all the rights to his royalties from his Deep Purple days.  There are many people who would love to know his whereabouts today.  He has entirely disappeared.

Larry “Rhino’ Reinhardt went on to have a long but not distinguished career.  He played on several recordings of the Bobby Womack.  He had his own band, he play with a band called Mad Dancer.  In 2008 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  He put out a CD called Rhino’s Last Dance in 2009.  Somehow he managed to survive and is still alive today.  You go, Rhino!

The last person I want to fill you in on is the keyboard player Reese Wynans.  Reese went on to play with Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble.  He played with Stevie till the day Stevie died.  I got to see Double Trouble open for The Who in The Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas a month or two before Stevie was killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin.  They were so good that I told my friend that I was with: “If I were The Who, I wouldn’t go on after that.”  Reese continues to have a great career.  He has toured with Joe Ely, Chris Layton, and Tommy Shannon on the Double Trouble tour “Been A Long Time” and has also played with the great Delbert McClinton.  I got to see Reese play with Delbert McClinton when Delbert was asked at the last minute to substitute for George Jones to open for The Rolling Stones.  Reese was great that night as well.

So there ends the story of Captain Beyond – Sufficiently Breathless.  This band stood at the crossroads of so many different bands and trends in Rock-n-Roll.  What is really cool about the record is that you can hear it all in the music.  I have to stop writing now I am breathless…

Another tale from the turntable.

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LP Record Collection Worthless…Almost.

Boxes of LP's and 78rpm's Donated to the Plano Symphony

Record Collection donated to the Plano Symphony

This is a follow up to my blog post of 4/3/2011 when I was asked by the Plano Symphony Orchestra to catalog and research the value of an LP record collection that was donated to the symphony.  The job of cataloging and researching the music is now over and I’m sure it will not be a surprise to most of you to find out that the collection is basically worthless.  The main problem with the collection is that most of it consists of 78rpm’s not LP 33 1/3 rpm.

So after much time and research I recommended to the Executive Director that we sell the collection to Half Price Books and Records.  I had made a call to them to make sure that they would also buy the 78rpm’s.  Those records are made of acetate and are extremely heavy!  They make a box of LP’s feel light by comparison.  Half Price Books confirmed that they buy 78’s. 

The Executive Director reviewed my catalog of the collection and authorized the sale of the collection.  So, last Friday I loaded up the boxes and took them to Half Price Book to sell them.  When I got there a nice young man helped me bring them in.  I shopped around while they put together  my offer.

“John, your offer is ready” comes over the intercom.  The employee says “take them somewhere else” basically.  I asked, why?!?!?  He says, “Well, classical music has a really long shelf life and we can’t sell it for very much money.  And no one has 78 players anymore.”  I told them that I had called before coming and was told that they would buy the discs.  I also pointed out that a number of their classical LP’s were being sold for $5.98 apiece and that that was about what they sold for when they were new.  I also reminded them that this was for the Plano Symphony.  “Well,” he says, “Let me talk to the manager and I’ll get back to you.”  I go shop some more.  Again the ominous sound of my name being called rings out through the intercom system of the store:  “John, your offer is ready”.

The employee at the counter says “My manager will offer you $3.00 for the 78’s and $20.00 for the LP’s.  Are you sure you can’t take them somewhere else?”  I said  “Nope, sold for $23.00!”  What a shame no one really values these relics of the past anymore.  Vinyl is being cast aside like yesterday’s garbage. 

Now I will try to help the Symphony sell their antique piano.  This piano was restored by someone who didn’t quite know what they were doing.  The original ivory keys were replace with plastic.   The original leather hammers were replaced with modern felt hammers.  They refinished the cabinet which destroyed the original patina on the piano.  Also, the keyboard is mounted in such a way that repeated notes are difficult or impossible to execute, and when you depress the keys you hit bottom a little to soon, so the piano is hard to play loud or fast.  There are other issues as well, however; it would not be hard or expensive to fix things.

Jos. Schneider Grand Piano

Antique Schneider Grand Piano Circa 1840-50

If you know anyone who would be interested please have them contact me.  I am going to advertise the piano on ebay and craigs list next week.

For those that are interested in the LP collection from the Plano Symphony here is the complete list.

Plano Symphony

Record Collection

Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass:

            The Lonely Bull                                                A&M 101S

            SRO                                                                A&M 4119

            Warm                                                               A&M 4190*

            South of the Boarder                                        A&M SP-108

            Whipped Cream and Other Delights                  A&M SP-4110

            What Now My Love                                        A&M LP-114*

            The Brass Are Comin’                          A&M SP-4228*

            Volume 2                                                         A&M SP-1-3

                        *LP is sealed in plastic and has never been opened.

Ernest Ansermet and L’orchestra de la Suisse Romande            London CM-9290 (Mono)

Franck Symphony in D Minor

Le Chasseur Maudit

The Sound of Fame (Edison’s actual recordings of Artists of his time) Edison M80P-7349

            (Mono)

Leontyne Price and William Warfield                             RCA LM-2679 (Mono)

            Great Scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Fritz Reiner and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra                   RCA – LSC-2201

            Moussorgsky/Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition

Vladimir Horowitz                                                                    Columbia ML-5811 (Mono)

            The Sound of Horowitz

Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra                      Columbia CL-741

            Offenbach – Gaite Parisienne

            Chopin – Les Sylphides

Zino Francesscatti and Robert Casadesus                                 Columbia ML – 4178 (Mono)

            Franck Sonata in A Major for violin and piano

            Debussy – Sonata No. 3 for violin and piano

Van Cliburn and Kiril Kondrashin                                             RCA LSC-2252

            Tchaikovsky  – Piano Concerto in B-flat minor Op.23

Geza Anda, Alceo Galliera, and the Philharmonia Orchestra      Angel 35093

            Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No 2 in C Minor

            Prelude Op23. No. 5 and Prelude Op. 32 No 5

Percy Faith and His Orchestra                                      Columbia CL-1639

            Mucho Gusto! More Music of Mexico

Eydie Gorme                                                    United Artists Records UAS-6152

            I Feel So Spanish

Pedro Vargas                                                   RCA – LPS-79

            En Carnegie Hall

Songs of Our Times  1938                                Vocalion VL-3650

Ink Spots                                                         Tops L1561

The Ink Spots

The Big Name Bands                                        RCA Camden CAL 368

The Pied Pipers                                                Tops L-1570

Tribute to Tommy Dorsey

Make Believe                                                   RCA Camden Cal 315

Freddy Martin and His Ochestra, The Music of Jerome Kern

Songs of Our Times      1941                            Vocalion VL 3653

Schumann Piano Concerto                                Columbia ML-5168

Strauss Burlesque for Piano and Orchestra

Rudolf Serkin, Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra

Songs of Our Times 1940                                 Vocalion VL-3652

Hits of the 40’s                                     RCA Camden CAL-398

Original Soundtrack “The Sting”                        MCA- 390

Marvin Hamlich

Balulac – Brazilian Gemstones               CBS Especial No. 620.049

Original Soundtrack “Viva Max!”                      RCA Victor LSP 4275

Al Hirt and Hugo Montenegro

Honey In The Horn                                           RCA Victor LPM-2733

Al Hirt

Our Man in New Orleans                                 RCA Victor LSP-2607

Al Hirt

Horn A-Plenty                                                  RCA Victor LSP-2446

Al Hirt with Orchestra arranged and conducted by Billy May

Beautiful Bird Sounds of the World                   BOMC 81-6472

Texas!                                                              Columbia CL-1061

The Rampart Street Paraders

Hits of the 30’s                                     RCA Camden CAL 370

Texas                                                               Carsan Records 1002

An Orchestral Suite by David W Guion

The Houston Summer Symphony, Evra Rachlin Conducting

Ole Torme!                                                      Verve MG V-2117

Mel Torme goes south of the border with Billy May

The Songs of David Guion                                CMP Records CMP-7333

Sung by Dan Pratt, David Guion – piano

The Piano Music of David Guion                       Composers Recordings CRI SD 448

Steve Buchanan, pianist

Vladimir Horowitz                                            Columbia Mono – KL-5771

Plays Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Liszt

The Unforgettable William Kapell                      RCA LM-2588

Khachaturian Piano Concerto, Albeniz Evocacion/Liszt Mephisto Waltz

Rachmaninoff 18th variation-Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Beethoven Concerto No 2                                            RCA LM-9026

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann, Conductor

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Fritz Reiner Conducting the Robin Hood Dell Orchestra of Philadelphia

Sound Track to “Around the World in 80 Days”           Decca DL-9046

Composed and Conducted by Victor Young

Glenn Miller Plays Selections from “The Glenn Miller Story”      RCA- LSP-1192(e)

Lawrence Welk’s Baby Elephant Walk             Dot Records DLP-3457

You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You                  Capitol SF-524 (Sealed)

Dean Martin

Return To Me                                                               Capitol SF-525 (Sealed)

Dean Martin

The Night We Called It A Day                          Capitol SF-531 (Sealed)

Frank Sinatra

Sentimental Journey                                                      Capitol SF-726 ((Sealed)

Frank Sinatra

My One And Only Love                                               Capitol DF-725 (Sealed)

Frank Sinatra

What Is This Thing Called Love?                                  Capitol DF-53o (Sealed)

Frank Sinatra

Scot Sounds 1969-1970                                              Century Custom Recording

The Highland Park High School Marching Band (Three Copies)

Dancing Party                                                               RCA Camden CAL-264

Freddy Martin and His Orchestra

Songs of Our Times 1937                                             Vocalion VL 3649

Holiday In France                                                         Tops L1538

Nestor Amaral and his Continentals

Pops Round Up                                                            RCA LM-2595

Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops

The Sacred Music of Frank Boggs                                Word Recordings W3014-LP

The Don Hustad Chorale

Forward To Christ                                                        Chapel Records LP-1527

Barbara Morton, Mezzo-Soprano

Heralding Christ Jesus blessings                                    Zondervan Victory Recording ZLP-526

The Radio Staff of HCJB

Introduction to the Piano                                               Capitol PAO 8422

Agi Jambor

Walt Disney Presents:  “Peter and The Wolf”    Disneyland Records WDL-3016

Also. From Fantasia “The Sorcerer’s Appenntice”

Major Classics for Minors                                            RCA LBY-1016

Arthur Wittemore and Jack Lowe, Duo-Pianists

Music for a Lonely Night                                              Tops LI524

The Jay Gordon String Orchestra

Songs of our Times 1939                                              Vocalion VL 3651

World’s Greatest Music Volume 16                              Columbia

Mendelssohn, Franck, Bach , Vivaldi

A Child’s Introduction to The Great Composers            Golden Record A198:4

Mitch Miller, Conductor

Great Men of Music                                                     Time/Life Records

Tchaikovsky                                                                 STL 541

Mozart                                                                         STL 542

Brahms                                                             STL 543

Beethoven                                                                    STL 546

Bach                                                                            STL 544

Prokofiev                                                                     STL 547

Debussy                                                                       STL 548

Recordings for the Enjoyment of Music/                        CBS 1208/16

The Norton Scores

78 RPMS

English Suite No. 3 in G minor                          Polydor Vox  170

J.S. Bach          (Second Disc Missing)

(Second Copy is Complete)

Alexander Borowsky, Pianist

Collection of Tangos                                                     Standard Records 2069

You Love to hear and dance

Played by the San Deigo Tango Orchestra

Up Swing                                                                     RCA P-146

Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw

Ernest Tubb                                                                  Decca No. A-529

(Disc 3 and 4 Broken)

Boston Pops Encores                                                   RCA M968

Rachmaninoff plays Chopin Nocturne in E-flat Major    RCA -6731

Op. 9  No 2

And Paderewski Minuet in G Major Op 14 No 1

Gluck “Che Faro Senza Euridice”                                 RCA -12-0067

Mignon – Rondo Gavotte :  Me Voici Dans Son Boudoir

Mezzo Soprano – Nan Merriman

Franck – Panis Angelicus                                                          RCA 11-8490

Massenet – Elegie

Richard Crooks, Tenor

Schubert- Moments Musicals No 1 in C Major             RCA 17021

And No 2 in A Flat Major

Arthur Schnabel, Pianist

Chopin – Berceuse in D Flat Major Op 57                                RCA 15382

Ecossaises 1 and 3 Op 72

Alexander Brailoswky, Pianist

Serenata Mexicana by Cosme McMoon                                   Teltone Recordings

Queen of the Night aria

Florence Foster Jenkins, Soprano

Brandenburg Concertos                                                Columbia MM249

J.S. Bach

Busch Chamber Players, Adolf Busch, Conductor

The Book of Song Birds                                               Unknown

Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1                                         RCA DM 800

Horowitz, Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra

Erno Rapee’s Melodyland Record Book

Faure Requiem

Soloist & Les Chanteurs De Lyon with Edward Commette (Organ)  Columbia M 354

Chopin Ballades, Alfred Cortot Pianist              RCA Victor DM-399

Chopin Nocturnes (Collection of 12)                             Columbia M-112

Leopold Godowsky, Pianist

Porgy and Bess                                                            Decca no. 145

Todd Duncan, Anne brown, Eva Jessye Choir

Decca Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Smallens – Director

Chopin Scherzos                                                          RCA Victor 189

Artur Rubinstein, Pianist

Greg Piano Concerto in A minor                                   Columbia MM-313

Walter Gieseking, Pianist

Berlin State Opera Orchestra, Hans Rosbaud, Conductor

Rhapsody inn Blue                                                        Columbia MX-251

Oscar Levant, Piano

Eugene Ormandy Conductor w/The Philadelphia Orchestra

Chopin Preludes                                                           Columbia MM523

Egon Petri, Piano

Chopin Sonata in B Flat Minor Op. 35              RCA Victor DM082

Artur Rubinstein, Pianist

El AmorBruio (Manuel de Falla)                                  RCA DM1089

Leopold Stokowski and the Hollywood Bowl Symphony

With Nan Merriaman, Mezzo Soprano

The Music of Chopin                                                    Columbia M 626

Maryla Jonas, Piano

Ravel “Daphnis et Chloe Suites 1 & 2               Decca AK 1584-86

Orchestra de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris

Conducted by Charles Munch

Glazounoff “The Seasons”                                             RCA Victor DM1072

Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati, Conductor

Franck “Variations Symphoniques”                               Columbia X-10

Walter Gieseking (pianist)

London Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Sir Henry Wood

Debussy – Various works for solo piano                        Columbia M314

Walter Gieseking (pianist)                                             Columbia X-8

Franck “Prelude, Chorale and Fugue”               RCA DM1004

Artur Rubinstein, Pianist

Franck – Symphony in D Minor                                    Columbia MM-608

Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, Conductor

Henri Duparc “Five Songs”                                           RCA Victor M628

Charles Panzera (Baritone), Madgeleine Panzera-Baillot (Piano)

Chopin Piano Concerto no 2 in F Minor                        RCA DM1012

Artur Rubinstein Pianist

NBC Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg Conducting

Chopin Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35

Robert Casadesus Pianist

Bizet’s Carmen                                                 RCA DM1078

Gladys Swarthout,Licia Albanese, Robert Merill, Ramon Vinay

Erich Leinsdorf, Conductor, Robert Shaw Choral Director

RCA Viuctor Chorale and Orchestra

Bach Concerto in D minor for piano and orchestra        Vox 162

Alexander Borowsky and the Lamoureux orchestra

E. Bigot – Conductor

Bach Chaconne in D minor for Partita No 2                  Musicraft 85

Andres Segovia Guitarist

Bach Suites 2 and 3                                                      RCA DM1123

Boston Symphony Orchestra Serge Koussevitzky, Conductor

Bach Three Part Inventions                                           Disc 770

Erno Balogh, Piano

Beethoven Sonata “pathetique”                         RCA DM1102

Artur Rubinstein Pianist

Beethoven Sonata “Moonlight”                         RCA DM1115

Horowitz, Pianist

Bach-Busoni Chaconne in D minor                                Columbia MX 91

Ernst Victor Wolff, Piano

Beethoven “Appassionata”                                            RCA DV 3

Artur Rubinstein, Piano

Chopin Waltzes (Volume 1)                                          RCA M863

Alexander Brailowsky, Pianist

Scarlatti Sonatas                                                           RCA MO1262

Horowitz, Pianist

Saint Saens Piano Concerto no 4                                  ColumbiaMM566

Robert Casadesus, Pianist

Artur Rodzinski Conductor, Philharmonic Symphony orchestra of New York

Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor                             Columbia X219

Leopold Stokowskiand the All American Orchestra

Ravel Bolero                                                                RCA DM793

Grand Orchestre Symphonique

Piero Coppola, Conductor

Scarlatti Sonatas                                                           Musicraft 72

Sylvia Marlowe Harpsichordist

Bach Toccata and Fugue in C Major                             Columbia X 195

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

Dimitri Mitropoulos, Conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov “Le Coq D’or”                                Columbia MX 254

Minneapolis Symphony orchestra

Dimitri Mitropoulos Conductor

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2                              RCA DM 58

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pianist

Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra

Rachmanninoff Piano concerto No 2                             RCA DM 1075

Artur Rubinstein Pianist

NBC Symphony Orchestra

Vladimir Golschmann Conductor

Rachmaninoff Piano concerto No 3                               RCA DM117

Vladimir Horowitz, Pianist

Albert Coates, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra

Songs of Rachmaninoff                                     Columbia M625

Jennie Tourel Mezzo soprano

Erich Itor Kahn, Pianist

Ravel “Ma Mere L’oye”                                               CBS X 151

Howard Barlow, Conductor

Columbia Broadcasting Symphony

Schumann Piano concerto                                             RCA DM1009

Claudio Arrau, Pianist

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Karl Krueger, Conductor

The Heart of La Boheme                                              RCA DM980

Licia Albanese, Beniamino Gigli, Tartiana Menotti, Afro Poli, Duilio Baronti, Aristaide Baracchi

La Scala Opera Orchestra, Umberto Berretoni, Conductor

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