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|Nino Rota||Concerto Soiree per Pianoforte e Orchestra; Valzer-Fantasio||Rota: L'Oeuvre pour piano; Concerto soirée; Fantasia "Don Giovanni"||Auvidis France||CD||Ferrara City Orchestra conducted by Giuseppe Grazioli, with Danielle Laval - piano.|
|Respighi, Ottorino||Adoration of the Magi (Trittico Botticelliano: L'Adorazione Dei Magi - Andante Lento)||Respighi / Martinu||Ent. Media Partners||CD||State Chamber Orchestra Of Zilna (Slovakia), conducted by Jan Valta|
|Dvorak,Antonin||Symphony #8; allegro con brio||Dvorak; The Golden Spinning Wheel; Symphony #8 in G||BBC Music Magazine||2002||CD||
BBC Philharmonic, cond. Gianandrea Noseda
Here's tonight's "rotating host," spinning like a dreidel, Bob Rixon a.k.a. DJ Rix
|Carpenters||Merry Christmas, Darling||Carpenters Christmas Portrait||A&M||1978||LP||On the way to the station tonight I heard this song broadcasting - LOUDLY - at one a.m. from outdoor speakers in front of a darkened pizzeria next to the Grove Street Dunkin' Donuts. First released in November 1970, it's an exemplary example of a war-time song for lonely G.I.s.|
||Soldier In the Rain||Best of Mancini, Vol. Two||RCA||1966||Vinyl||The early Sixties were Hank's best years; good films, great tunes. "Soldier In the Rain" starred Jackie Gleason, Steve McQueen & Tuesday Weld & was essentially a sad comedy about the routine life of the peacetime soldier just prior to Vietnam. One critic complained that the movie makes you think something great is about to happen, but it never does. Which is exactly what I like about it. & the lovely Tuesday calling Gleason "jellybelly," with affection.|
|George Jones||Lonely Christmas Call||Bummed Out Christmas||Rhino||CD|
|Suddenly, Tammy!||Snowman||Shut Up, It's Christmas||Warner||1195||CD|
|Patterson, Don||Merry Christmas, Baby||Christmas Collection||Prestige||Vinyl||Don on B3, with Pat Martino on guitar & Billy James on drums.|
|Margie Joseph||Christmas Gift||Soul Christmas||Atlantic||CD|
||Lost Winter's Dream||Lost Winter's Dream||Rev-Ola||1991||CD|
|Mahler, Gustav||Bedachtig. Nicht eilen||Mahler: Symphony No. 4||Sony||1965||CD||George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra, Judith Raskin|
|Swingle Singers||Sinfonia||Bach's Greatest Hits||Philips||Vinyl||Of course it ain't jazz. The French can't play jazz. Or rock & roll for that matter.|
|The Band||Acadian Driftwood||Northern Lights - Southern Cross||Capitol||Vinyl||One of five or six cuts by this group I really enjoy.|
|Mollie O'Brien||In the Bleak Midwinter||Tinsel Tunes||Sugar Hill||CD|
|Western Wind||In the Bleak Midwinter||An Old-Fashioned Christmas||Nonesuch||1983||Vinyl||Music by Gustav Holst. Words by Christina Rossetti. Larry Bennett, Tenor in this ensemble, taught at Upsala College & did a radio show at WFMU late 70s & early 80s.|
|Toots Hibbert||Spiritual Healing||Spiritual Healing||Mango||1983||EP|
|Holst, Gustav||Saturn, Bringer of Old Age (duo pianos)||The Planets (for two pianos)||Naxos||CD||
Len Vorster, Robert Chamberlain, pianos.
Holst - a "new age" personality if there ever was one - associates Saturn with old age. We've just passed the solstice & into the sign of Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. Although winter may bring with it a feeling of constriction & caution, a tendency to look back, a concern with (or fear of) time - all Saturnalian qualities, we have in fact already conquered the darkest night & are beginning the long rebirth into spring, the Journey of Persephone upward from the Underworld.
|Blind Boys of Alabama with Tom Waits||Go Tell It On the Mountain||Go Tell It On the Mountain||Real World||2003||CD|
|Pascha, Edmund (1714-1772)||Pastoral Carols||Pascha: Christmas Mass/Christmas Carols||Ent. Media Partners||1995||CD||
Prosae Pastorales: Carols: Get Up, Shepherds; Oh, Shepherds, Get Up; The New Year's Coming; A Strange Thing Has Happened; To The Forest, To The Mountains, Shepherds.
Musica Bohemica cond. by Jaroslav Krcek/Chamber Choir Of The Prague Men's Choir/Iuventus Paedagogica cond. by Jiri Kolar. Like many other CDs from this label, the actual performers may not be those listed. I highly recommend the music.
|Anonymous 4||I saw a swete semly syght; There is no rose of swych vertu||On Yollis Night||Harmonia Mundi||CD|
||Heard from Heaven Today||American Folksongs for Christmas||Rounder||1989||LP box set||from the Ruth Crawford Seeger folksong collection|
|Brahms, Johanne||Serenade No.1 in D Op. 11, Allegro molto||Serenades 1 & 2||IMP||1992||CD||Westdeutsche Sinfonia, conducted by Dirk Joeres|
||Overture on Hebrew Themes||Prokofiev: Works for Orchestra Vol 1||Vox||CD||Orchestre National de l' O.R.T.F. , Conducted by Jean Martinon|
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