New CDs for June 2016
Yizhak Schotten – The Elegant Viola
George Szell & The Cleveland Orchestra – Szell Conducts Mozart
UMass Wind Ensemble – Fatastique: Premieres for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble
Duke Ellington- The Nutcracker Suite
Teresa Stratas – The Unknown Kurt Weill
Editor’s Note: “Spider Sounds” invites members of the University of Richmond community to share their thoughts about CDs (or other items in the Parsons Music Library’s collection). The links included will take you to the library catalog record for the item in question, or to additional relevant information. Today’s installment of “Spider Sounds” is by Julie (aka Xinyi), one of our student workers, and features a live album from Canadian jazz pianist & singer Diana Krall which was originally released in 2002 and won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Thanks, Julie!
I picked the CD called “Live in Paris” by Diana Krall, because I personally prefer European-style music. This CD has many different pieces. The first one is called “I Love Being Here With You.” At the very beginning, the general rhythm sounds very lively and energetic. It provides me a happy feeling of living in Paris. Because of the quick rhythm and pace, I feel it encourages listeners to become more interested in living in Paris and assume living in Paris would be a colorful and interesting experience.
The second track is called “Let’s Fall In Love,” which has a very different mood from the first track and is much slower paced.
I think Paris is known as a romantic city, and the second track fits that “romantic” feeling quite well.
The other songs on this CD, in general, consists of alternating quick and slow tracks. I feel this is variety is good so listeners won’t feel bored when they listen to the whole album.
This album also is available to UR students, faculty and staff via our streaming service — click on this link to access it: http://librarycat.richmond.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?searchId=4353&recCount=25&recPointer=0&bibId=1455539.
New CDs for April 2016
Mozart/Beethoven – Quintets for Piano & Winds
Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach – Genius – Music of Johann Sebastian Bach & Antonio Vivaldi
New CDs for March 2016
Helene Grimaud – Water
David Bowie – Blackstar
Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest – Sylva
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
New CDs for February 2016
Alexsandr Scriabin – Complete Preludes
Jean Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6
Jean Sibelius – Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7: “The Tempest” Suite No. 2
Joey Alexander – My Favorite Things
Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
New CDs for January 2016
Herbie Hancock – Future Shock
Adele – 25
New CDs for December 2015
Psallentes – Missa Transfigurationis
Various Artists – Soul Of Sue Records
Various Artists – I’m A Good Woman – Funk Classics From Sassy Soul
The President’s Own U.S. Marine Band – Elements
George Wassouf – The Best of George Wassouf
Various Artists – Teen Dance Music From China and Malaysia
Voices of Ireland – Lord of the Dance and Other Famous Irish Songs &
The animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas made its debut on December 9th, 1965 on CBS.
The special was atypical for most cartoons at the time because of its contemplative message, its use of real children (some of whom were too young to read) to voice the characters as opposed to adult voice actors and its LACK of use of a laugh track. (Peanuts creator Charles Schulz refused to allow one saying he wanted to “let the people at home enjoy the show at their own speed, in their own way.”)
A Charlie Brown Christmas was also noteworthy for its holiday-infused jazz soundtrack created by musician/composer Vince Guaraldi.
Guaraldi became involved with the Peanuts before the start of production for the Christmas special. Producer Lee Mendelson heard Guaraldi’s 1963 radio hit “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” while traveling by taxi on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and initially commissioned Guaraldi write a jazz soundtrack for a television documentary about Charles Schulz called A Boy Named Charlie Brown that wound up never being broadcast. According to Mendelson, the first performance of “Linus & Lucy” occurred over the phone during the production of the documentary. Fortunately, the Christmas special allowed the piece to find a home.
The jazz soundtrack to the special was initially a hard sell, both to Charles Schulz (who was not much of a jazz fan at the time) and to the network since jazz had never been used in an animated special before. Despite Schulz’s initial feelings about jazz, he pushed for Guaraldi’s music to be included because he believed it created a perfect “bubbly, childlike tone” for the show.
Interestingly, the song “Christmas Time Is Here” was something of a happy accident. According to Lee Mendelson: “For the Christmas Show, [Vince] wrote an original melody that wasn’t in the documentary. It was a beautiful melody that opened the scene where the kids are skating. When we looked at the final cut, it seemed to me to be very slow. I said, ‘Let me see if I can find some lyricists to put some words to it.’ I couldn’t find anybody. I sat down at my kitchen table and in 10 minutes I wrote a poem called ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ to the melody. I wrote all the words down, handed it to Vince, and said, ‘Find a choir of kids to sing this.’ He had been working with a choir to do a jazz mass in San Francisco. He rushed them all together, about two days later. So that whole thing was written and recorded in about over a two-day period and then rushed into the final mix [of the special].” The song has gone on to become a holiday standard and has been covered by many artists including Tony Bennett and Diana Krall.
In fact, it is hard to imagine the holiday season in the US now without the beloved special and its music!
Univeristy of Richmond students, faculty and staff can stream the soundtrack to the special by logging into the Alexander Street press database to which the library subscribes. They can also access Guaraldi’s Grace Cathedral Jazz Mass (which also celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015) as well as several of Guaraldi’s other albums.
A Charlie Brown Christmas has become the second longest running animated Christmas special of all time (behind 1964’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) and the soundtrack album was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2011.
The Parsons Music Library has a special display about A Charlie Brown Christmas and Vince Guaraldi that you can visit through the end of the year — come check it out!
New CDs for November 2015
Blue Heron Renaissance Choir – Music From The Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol. 4
Joyce DiDonato & Antonio Pappano – Joyce & Tony: Live At Wigmore Hall
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording
John Scofield – Past Present
Sun Ra – Four Classic Albums Plus Bonus Singles
Sun Ra – Soundtrack to the Film Space Is The Place
Kenny Clarke – Kind of Clarke
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra – Dee Dee’s Feathers
New CDs for October 2015
J.B. Cramer – Studio Per Il Pianoforte (84 Etudes in Four Books)
Brahms & Reger – Sonatas For Clarinet And Piano
William Lawes – The Royal Consort
Jane Austen Entertains –
Jane Austen’s Favourite Music – Jane Austen’s Favourite Music: Songs, Piano & Chamber Music from Jane Austen’s Own Music Collection
Jane Austen Piano Favourites – Jame Austen Piano Favourites
Entertaining Miss Austen – Entertaining Miss Austen
The Flautadors Recorder Quartet – Cynthia’s Revels
Alan Feinberg – Fugue State
Chou Wen-Chung – Eternal Pine
Peggy Lee – Miss Peggy Lee
Harry Nilsson – The Point
Harry Nilsson – Pandemonium Shadow Show, Aerial Ballet and Arial Pandemonium
Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson
The Honey Dewdrops – Silver Lining
Now That’s What I Call New Wave 80s – Now That’s What I Call New Wave
Herbie Hancock Septet – Herbie Hancock Septet Live at the Boston Jazz
Sam Most – From The Attic of My Mind
Terell Stafford – Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan
Jule Styne – Scott Hamilton Plays Jule Styne
Fred Hersch – Solo
Lafayette Harris Jr. – Trio Talk
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Live In Cuba
Charlie Haden – Tokyo Adagio
Eric Alexander – The Real Thing
Music Rough Guides – The Rough Guide to the Best Arabic Music You’ve Never
The Moving Violations – Faster Than A Walk: New England Contra
Marti Nikko & DJ Drez – Dreaming In Sanskrit
Bang On A Can All-Stars- Field Recordings