Monday, February 20, 2012

More of Dad's Musical Delights, Part One

I am sorting through two boxes of my late father Edward's music collection, something I had been doing and reporting here for a while when we were selling my mother Sheila's house, but I got a bit behind.
Today, I moved from downstairs to upstairs two boxes I barely looked through, and the fun continues. One box is just that, a basic cardboard box for a Black and Decker TRO-400 toaster oven, the other a fake leather bound case with a 6-8-inch G clef on the front.
Let's get into the cardboard box first; it has seven cases/holders of records with cardboard "pages," most collections of multi-part recordings. But not the first one, of course, which is a large, dark brown holder with "Brunswick" embossed on the front and the letter "A" and a loop for a finger to pull the book out of a shelf on the spine.
Inside are nine records from various artists: Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (the only actual Brunswick recording here), the classic Alma Gluck, Jan Garber and His Orchestra, Bing Crosby and Xavier Cugat, Carl T. Sprague, Ray Noble and His Orchestra, Amelita Galli-Curci and Jussi Bjorling with orchestra.
Of the other collections, one is empty, and the others include: Andre Kostelanetz conducting the Robin Hood Dell Orchestra performing Ravel's "Bolero" (Columbia Masterworks MX 257), Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Prokofieff's "Peter and the Wolf (Opus 67)" (Victor DM 566), and Herbert Marshall with Joan Lorring and cast performing "The Snow Goose" (Decca DM 386).
The two final collections are labeled one thing on the covers, but contain different music. One says it is "Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor," Sergei Rachmaninoff with Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra (Victor DM 58), with a really cool photo of two hands reaching for a keyboard. The records inside is classical recordings by Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops Orchestra, Jose Iturbi, the Band of His Majesty's Coldstream Guards, and the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hans Kindler.
The last book in the box is labeled "Album of Strauss Waltzes (Boston Pops Orchestra)" (Victor DM 445), conducted by Arthur Fielder, but inside the recordings, along with Fiedler and the Boston Pops, are Alexander Brailowsky pianist with orchestra, the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York conducted by Arturo Toscanini performing "Barber of Seville," violinist Fritz Kreisler with pianist Carl Lamson, and tenor Richard Crooks with orchestra.
I will save the large brown music G clef box for another post.

Umm, Miss Me?

Wow, it's been almost two months since I posted here, and I am very, very sorry to all of my readers for the absence.
So, has anything happened in the meantime? Well, I am back at my old job as Director of Communications for the Erie County Legislature (more than a month) and Val has been in the hospital and is back home.
I am thrilled to be back to work and in the position I formerly held with a group of great colleagues and legislators moving forward, but I will continue my approach of not discussing work here.
Val was having a multiple sclerosis attack which was made much worse by coming down with pneumonia, but after four days in the hospital, she came home Wednesday afternoon and is doing better bit by bit, day by day, but she still needs to watch her strength.
I have more things to catch up on, probably starting today, so let's hope we stay in touch a bit more; I'll do better at that now.