Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Benny Goodman plays Mozart, live 1956 Berkshire Festival and Copland

There was a mini-controversy this week in the Netherlands, when Dutch classical PBS Radio 4 asked listeners if they mind that some programs would now be playing Jazz within, or in stead of, classical music. A small social media storm was the consequence. In the end, the manager of Radio 4 announced on Twitter that around 50% was against, 25% was pro and 25% undecided.

I thought I would turn it around, this week. Here is a Jazz icon playing classical music;
Clarinetist Benny Goodman plays Mozart and Copeland, re-issued on the German “jube” label.

Enjoy! :-)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Clarinet quintet in A-Major, KV 581 (1789)
Boston Symphony string quartet:
1st Violine - Richard Burgin
2nd Violine - Alfred Krips
Viola - Joseph De Pasquale
Cello - Samuel Mayes
Clarinet - Benny Goodman

Recorded during Berkshire Festival 1956, program of that festival scanned and put online @ http://worldcat.org/digitalarchive/content/server15982.contentdm.oclc.org/BSYMO/PROG/TRUSVolume14/Pub412_1954-1956_TWD_1956_Con04.pdf 

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Concerto For Clarinet And String Orchestra (With Piano & Harp, 1947 rev 1949)
Jacques Orchestra
Conductor - Aaron Copeland
Clarinet - Benny Goodman
Recorded May 31, 1951
Live on the festival of Britain 







The original program, July 11th, 1956



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