Saturday, November 29, 2008
Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite in Dance Tempo--Freddy Martin Orch. (1942)
One of the great "Yeah, right" titles ever, but it's actually superbly done. Just as superb is the recording quality, which sounds more like 1952 than the actual recording date (1942). This was the kind of thing Martin did especially well--he was the big band era's answer to Paul Whiteman in that regard.
As I type this, our excuse for Net service isn't even working at dial-up speed. Utterly beyond belief.
We pay for a fast connection. We don't get one, but we pay for it.
While I'm slowly counting to one hundred, you should be downloading this delightful 1942 performance, as ripped from a superbly-transferred 45 rpm EP set. Meanwhile, I'm going to take a break from our Blockedstream "service" and think nothing but nice, happy thoughts. Cue Napoleon XIV.
Click here to hear the music: ZIP FILE NO LONGER AVAILABLE
DANCE OF THE SUGAR PLUM FAIRY
DANCE OF THE REED FLUTES
WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS