Sunday, July 26, 2020

Nutcracker In July 26

Today is a follow-up to the Nutcracker from yesterday, featuring an earlier, mono version from the same artist.  And thanks to some clever detective work by my talented followers, I can put a real name to the artist.  The name on the record is The Philadelphia Orchestra-Eugene Ormandy, Conductor, but you guys discovered the actual name of the band is Symphonic-Philharmonia Orchestra and Organ Grinder's Society of Baden-Baden under the direction of Herr Doctor Shorty von Muggins. How's that for some serious detective work? I did a bit of hunting myself before the post, and I didn't come up with anything even remotely plausible. The album I pulled this version from is called Nutcracker Suite + The Sleeping Beauty Ballet (Columbia Masterworks ML 4729, Mono, 1953). Give it a listen, and let me know which one you like more, this one or the stereo re-make from yesterday.


PS-By mistake, I seem to have ripped this one twice. First from the album above, and later from a reissue that I didn't realize was the same version.  That one was called Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a; The Sleeping Beauty-Ballet Music, Op. 66 (Columbia Masterworks ML 4729, Mono). I'm convinced they're the same, but if for some reason you don't believe me, or you're an OCD completist, here's that rip for you.

4 comments:

Buster said...

That Shorty von Muggins sure did make a lot of Nutcracker recordings.

Ernie said...

Popular!!

Sky Raven said...

I like the 1953 mono version better than the 1966 stereo remake... seems to have more energy. Just MHO :) Burt

Ernie said...

It's tough to capture lightning in a bottle twice. :)