What can I say about this LP? Well, for one, that I hope I didn't overdo the bass in my restoration. After inverting the RIAA LP curve (my favorite thing to do!), I set the bass rollover frequency at 500, which might be too boomy (so to speak). Let me know.
What else can I say about this LP? Well, it's totally superb, and nobody else--repeat, nobody else--had Kosty's ability to give a fresh feel to music we've (possibly) heard a thousand times. For instance, dig the angels-in-the-clouds opening to Londonderry Air (which I used to think was about a type of oxygen), and dig the brilliant work on Pizzicato Polka, Hungarian Dance No. 5, and the played-to-death Flight of the Bumble Bee. This is music so beautifully performed and recorded, your ears don't care that they're on their umpteenth go-round.
I'll have to ask, though--is Schubert's The Bee a standard? Unlike all the other titles, The Bee doesn't buzz a bell, so maybe it's not a Pops perennial. If not, why not? It's great. I was going to try to make a "ring a bell" pun, but "sting like hell" is the best I could do, so I'll let it bee. (Get it? Let it bee???)
Somewhere, I read a review which used the term "Kostelanetized" (can't remember the spelling) to describe what Kosty (or his arrangers, more precisely) did. Maybe it referred to all the added-sixth and I 6/9 chords. (On the piano, starting on the C below middle C, play C-G-C-E-A-D. Transpose as needed per key.) Add in a B under the D for flavor.
For a more Bacharach-style chord, play C-E-G-B-D-E-G-B. This ends today's music lesson.
To the ten-inch Kosty: Kostelanetz Strings
Hora Staccato (Dinicu-Heifetz)
The Bee (Shubert)
Flight of the Bumble Bee (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Pizzicato Polka (Johann and Josef Strauss)
Londonderry Air (Traditional)
Hungarian Dance No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor (Brahms)
(Columbia ML 2100; 1950)