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A Fine Romance (Paul Serotsky, Oct.6th 2006)

Cole Porter"A Fine Romance" (Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers)
BorodinPolovtsian Dances (Conclusion)
EnescoRoumanian Rhapsody No.1 (Conclusion)
Delibes"Sylvia" (Excerpt)
Howard HansonSymphony No.2, "Romantic" (2nd mvt.)
LisztHungarian Rhapsody No.3
Kodaly"Hary Janos" (Excerpts)
Cole Porter"A Fine Romance" (Conclusion)
SuppeOverture: The Beautiful Galatea
Tchaikovsky1812 Overture (complete)
Leroy andersonThe Belle of the Ball

Many people will remember the excellent LPs issued in the 50s and 60s on the Mercury label and will have experienced a frisson of excitement when many of them reappeared on CD some 30 years later. Paul's programme was a celebration of Mercury records which featured many of the best-known examples interspersed with fascinating details of how the recordings were made. What he didn't tell us (probably through lack of time) is that the company never owned a recording studio. All their recordings were made in public halls with lines to a van parked in the street outside and containing their minimalist recording gear. There are photographs of this van in Red Square, Moscow, during the company's 10-day visit to Russia in 1962 where material for 5 LPs was recorded.

Since this was undoubtedly one of the most interesting, well-received programmes we have ever had it is a matter of some regret that Paul is moving permanently to New Zealand so that (barring a lottery win to enable us to pay his expenses!) we will never have the pleasure of his company again.