Back to 2006/7 season
|Cole Porter||"A Fine Romance" (Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers)|
|Borodin||Polovtsian Dances (Conclusion)|
|Enesco||Roumanian Rhapsody No.1 (Conclusion)|
|Howard Hanson||Symphony No.2, "Romantic" (2nd mvt.)|
|Liszt||Hungarian Rhapsody No.3|
|Kodaly||"Hary Janos" (Excerpts)|
|Cole Porter||"A Fine Romance" (Conclusion)|
|Suppe||Overture: The Beautiful Galatea|
|Tchaikovsky||1812 Overture (complete)|
|Leroy anderson||The 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.