Saturday, July 25, 2009

Christmas In July 2009-Day The Twenty Third

Well, let's see. Today is the 25th of July, so if it were really December, this would be Christmas, and since we're celebrating Christmas all month, today should be something special. So how about I use today to get all caught of for the month and get us back on track. That's special in my mind! This share is a little on the classical side, or at least the classic vocal side. I'm not sure exactly what I mean or how to describe it, so let me share it with you and then maybe you'll understand.
The first three tracks are by St. Olaf Lutheran Choir Conducted By Olaf C. Christiansen from the LP I first shared with you yesterday Fifty Golden Years (Mercury MG 20728, 1962). All good stuff, but a little to chorus-y for my preference. The tracks are Prelude To Christmas (Annunciation And Magnificat), Song Of Mary and Come And Adore. I think you'll like them, they make a nice change from the normal stuff I post.

Track four is Mildred Miller performing the folk ballad I Wonder As I Wander from the promotional LP 100th Anniversary Commerative Concert (RCA Victor Custom Records For John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company JH-100, 1961). Arthur Fiedler shares top billing on this record with Ms. Miller, but he's nowhere to be found on this solo vocal performance.

Track five is Arturo Toscanini And The NBC Symphony Orchestra performing Waldteufel-The Skaters Waltz, from the same LP I shared a side-long version of Nutcraker Suite a couple days ago, Tchaikovsky-Nutcracker Suite (RCA Victor Red Seal LM-1986, 1956). I think last year I had three or four days where all I shared were versions of Skaters Waltz and marvelled at the many variations in spelling and punctuation on such a simple title.

The sixth and final track is Pastores Dicite (Christmas Music) by New York Pro Musica-Four Voices from their LP Spanish Music Of The Renaissance (Decca's Gold Label DL 79409). Sometimes I don't know why I pick up records and flip them over, but sometimes I do, and sure enough, there's an unexpected Christmas song staring me in the face. That was the case with this motet. There it was.

And there it is, the end of the list, here's the download link. If all goes as planned, I'll see you twice more today for the Christmas Day in Christmas In July festivities here at Ernie (Not Bert). Thanks for stopping by. (I've made so many typos in this post I think I need a rest. I'm going to take a nap before I get back to posting...)

1 comment:

fixxitt In Georgia said...

Ernie: For most of us we think you are something way above human for all the work you do getting all these tracks ready for the masses so for you to have a few typos it just means you really are human and we can relate to that. I'll not clog up the comments every day with thanks for a terrific job, so let this be my July thank you and as you read each day's comments, add this one to the rest. Have a Merry Christmas in July and keep a light in the window.