Sunday, March 18, 2018

Painted Passions

Here's a special little treat for you all, if you're paying attention.  I was cleaning up the computer room and found this record that I had set aside to record some time ago, then forgot about.  But here it is in all it's mid-century glory. Discogs tells me this is the second cover, probably a reissue from later on in the fifties, but I still like it.  And as a special bonus, I've dropped in digital versions of all the paintings that are covered here in audio versions! (Though I'm not certain I got the correct Gabrielle by Renoir, he seems to have done quite a few of them.) So download and listen as you look!  This is Henri René And His Orchestra-Passion In Paint (Famous Paintings Set To Music) (RCA Victor LPM-1033, Mono, 1955). I love these experiments of lists set to music. I've got quite a few of them, but this is one of my favorites. And as far as the paintings go, the only one I've seen in person is the Dali, when it was on display at his St. Pete museum alongside the similar Disintigration of Persistence of Memory.  They're both very small.  I may have seen Madame X more recently, but I'm not certain of it.

1. Nude Descending The Stairs (Marcel Duchamp)
2. Gabrielle In An Open Blouse (Pierre August Renoir)
3. The Birth Of Venus (Sandro Botticelli)
4. The Nude Maja (Francisco Goya) (Says Maya on the label, but I think that's incorrect)
5. Girl Before Mirror (Pablo Picasso)
6. At The Moulin Rouge (Henri Toulouse Lautrec)
7. Mona Lisa (Leonardo Da Vinci)
8. L' Absinthe (Edgar Degas)
9. Nude On Cushion (Amedeo Modigliani)
10. Madame X (John Singer Sargent)
11. Olympia (Edouard Manet)
12. The Persistence Of Memory (Salvador Dali)



Buster said...

Excellent - really great idea to include the paintings. I'll have to see which ones I have seen in person myself!

I wonder if I have the original LP cover - I'll check. It features a palette, as I recall. They seem to have switched over to this new one for obvious reasons.

I am much enjoying this non-seasonal sharing!

Your Pal Doug said...

I have so many Henri Rene records, and yet I haven't heard this one. What a delight!

Ernie said...

I don't know if it's the theme that makes me enjoy it so much, or if it's just that good, but I really like this one. :) Between him and Hugo Winterhalter, I don't know who was putting out better instrumental shenanigans at the time!

Your Pal Doug said...

I just took each painting pic and used it individually as album art per song. While they play, the painting shows up. I'm loving this.

barba said...

i like all the naked girls in the paintings.

i should have been an artist.

never were many naked girls among record collectors.

Domenic Ciccone (AKA Martooni) said...

What attention to detail! The first track has a very supermarket Space Age pop feel. And the arrangements and the next 2 have a very detailed soundtrack soundtrack feel.

Henri Rene worked with vocalists too. Couple of cool LPs with Pat Suzuki.


Sky Raven said...

Ernie, any chance you could repost this one?... the Zippyshare file has expired. Thanks, Burt

Sky Raven said...

Ernie, any chance you could repost this one? Thanks, Burt