Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 78
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July 6, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 78

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Trios 9 recommended for chamber music buffs "SCHUBERT: THE PIANO TRIOS", Op. 99 in B-Flat, Op. 100 in E-Flat. Artists: ftubinitein, S««r- vnjf, Fournier. ARL2-0731 RCA JrW Seal, two-record set. The handsome packaging of this two-record set is only a hint of the masterpiece contained within. A pastels drawing on the jacket poignantly depicts the artists' hands at work. The actual work of those hands at the piano, cellos and violin is an experience almost too exquisite to describe. The three superstar musicians perform with flawless rapport and deep sensitivity. Dynamics, phrasing and tonal clarity exhibited are of the highest caliber. In the B-Flat trio. Schubert wrote for a lyrically singing piano that also is capable of accompanying rhapsodic melodies of violin and cello. Each instrument, in its turn, presents a flowing, elegant melody. Ultimately the trio joins in wonderfully colorful harmony. The E-flat trio, while highly acclaimed during the composer's lifetime, is marked with a somber, melancholy movement with little of the sparkle of the B-Flat. Heavy harmonies--more reminiscent of Brahms and of parts of the Beethoven "Eroica"--prevail throughout. Various attempts to lighten the motive sink again into deeply dark, moody tones. A triumphant finale concludes the piece, but does not erase the intensity of the composition's body. It is the B-Flat trio that holds the gaiety and joy. Ironically, in his lifetime Schubert never heard the work performed. If he could hear but one performance, I would hope it .would be this one. Heartily recommended for chamber music enthusiasts. (MAS) Disc-cussion "STOKOJFSKV CONDUCTS BACH" The Great Transcriptions, ARLl-0880, RCA Red Seal. Stereo. Jf/iVK/N'-- The Manhattan Transfer (Capitol (ST-11405). The Manhattan Transfer is the newest pop sensation. It is another- group in the Pointer Sisters vein, doing music in the style of the Thirties and Forties. Unlike many rages, however, the Manhattan Transfer is very good. Its music is expertly crafted, authentic and enjoyable at the same time. , This album," the Transfer's original first alburn, contains 10 songs displaying the group's range of material. Some of the songs are pure rock--"Guided Missiles," for example could have come out of "Hair"--while^others are pure jive. "Chicken Bone Bone" and "Sunny Disposjsh" are excellent examples of the reliability jivy kind of music the Transfer can perform, but the best tune of this lot is "Java Jive/ "Jive" is perfect. The song is in praise of coffee, if you can believe it, and the voices blend like a good cup of Java, deep and dark and strong, tempered by sweet and creamy harmonies. It is delicious. The Manhattan Transfer, with a little luck on our parts, will be around for awhile. (JIC) SHnWTIMK.Myti, Leopold Stokowski built much of his reputation by transcribing Bach's compositions for performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra. In "The Great Transcriptions," Stokpwsky leads the London Symphony through his most renowned handiwork. There is the lushness of the strings in the opening "Chaconne"--given an extremely romantic interpretation-and there is the lilting beauty of the flute, oboe and strings in "Pre- ludio." Impressive control and power are exhibited in "Ein'feste Burg" which begins quietly and builds to a glorious, gigantic climactic crescendo. While purists prefer to hear the "Little Fugue in G Minor" played as it was written-fpr the organ- Stokowski's adaptation has merit. It would be, I believe, my least favored selection of this album. Having heard Virgil Fox play the "Little Fugue", it is hard to accept a completely orchestral version. Indeed, it is hard to comprehend that the "Little Fugue" could be undertaken by any but an accomplished organist. On a happier note, both "Aria" and "Sleepers Awake" are enjoyable selections. "Sleepers Awake", first transcribed by Stokowski in 1915, certainly must be one of his most popular Bach adaptations. The majestic brass contrasted against the haunting string-woodwind combination serves to display the wide capabilities of this orchestra. This album is highly recommended for Bach devotees and for musicologists who wish to follow the continuing career of maestro Stokowski, now in his 66th year of conducting. Elvis Today. RCA Victor. Elvis fans will eat this one up. And it couldn't have come at a better time. On the brink of his three concerts here, Presley has come out with his best album in ages. One of the nicest things about it is.that it isn't an album you have to get acquainted with. The songs don't have to grow on you because you're familiar with most of them already. Nothing, for example, could be more familiar than "Green Green Grass of Home." Or "Shake a Hand." (If you don't remember 'Shake a Hand," you probably don't remember the dirty boogie either, and you missed a lot, let me tell you.) Anyway, "Shake a Hand" may be the best of the bunch, except maybe for Presley's version of the lilting "And I Love You So," written by Don McLean. Presley's current hit, "T-R-O-U- B- L-E," is included, along with several recent biggies popularized by other artists. Presley does them all in his own way, and does them well, with the possible exception of "Susan When She Tried." I miss the great Statler Brothers tenor on that one, but then, that's only in the chorus, and in an album that's so perfect otherwise; I'm not going to quibble over such a minor flaw. Loretta Lynn I purely love, and when they get together, they generally produce some pretty fine country music. I don't know what happened on this album. A combination of the wrong material, poor arrangements and too much Twitty, I think, have combined to make a mediocre album. "FeelinsV the opening tune is a fair country piece, but "Dyn-0- Mite," which follows, is pretty bad. The worst is yet to come, however, for the third tune, "Back Home Again," is slaughtered. Someone should tell this pair that it takes more than two people singing a song to make it a duet. Someone should also tell them that some songs weren't made to be sung by two. This John Denver song is one of them. It is the man's song, and Loretta Lynn's attempts to change the words to fit the female's situation is wrong. It grates to hear her sing, "Gee it's great to have you home again." And the only reason I can find for changing the lyrics from "Sunshine made her cry" to "somethin' made her cry" is to cut out a plug for one of Denver's earlier songs. It was unnecessary. There are two more songs on Side One, and if you make it through them to the second side, you'll find the material improves-a little. A little, I said. They ought to call this one "Bad Feelins'". It is. (JIC) Among the other goodies are Presley's interpretation of Billy Swan's "I Can Help." and "Fairytale," the Pointer Sisters hit. Completing the package are "Pieces of My Life", "BringhV It Back," and "Woman Without Love". Buy it fast. After Presley's appearances here, there probably won't be a copy left in town (SW) JULY SIDING SALE 20% OFF ALL SIDING CHOOSE FROM · ALSIDE U.S. STEEL ALUMINUM +DUPONT TEDLAR ·REYNOLDS VINYL ·TUFFSDING ASK ABOUT OUR REPLACEMENT WINDOWS! ·FT PH. 722-3238 ALUMINUM AWNING SALES 680 MaeCORKLE AVE. S.W. RT.60ATCOALMT. ST.ALBANS,W.VA. "She's About a Mover" is a decent country-rock number, and "Let Me Be There," which follows, is passable. "You Done Lost Your Baby" is the best tune of this set. Twitty wrote it, and his duet with Miss Lynn is really quite good. The rest of the songs are not up to that level, however, and this album, over-all, is not worth the time, the trouble, or the money. It has a really nice picture of Loretta on the back cover and I wish that had been the extent of her participation. Leading man in the Greenbrier Valley Theater's summer productions is 21-year-old Fred Barrows, a drama student at West Virginia University. Show dates in Lewis- I burg are "A Thousand Clowns" -I July 10,11,12,17,18 and 19; "Rose Lee Simpson," - July 24,25,26,31, Aug. 1 and 2; and "A Funny Thing j happened on the Way to the Forum,"-Aug. 7, 8, 9,14 and 15. and fort, fociUm ADIR'S RESTAURANT u» «· w Ph 343-8903 FEELINS'--Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty (MCA-2143). FOR OVER 39 YEARS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HAVE; FOWOUTmTTHEBESTPUCETOBUY (MAS) Conway Twitty I can take, and is f run.. Charley Kef stein Special Purchase Sale ROOM AIR COHHTIOeS Whirlpool LESS THAN WHOLESALE CARRY OVER MODELS Terms-. Cosh, Bank Financing (we make arrangements for you) Master Charge or BankAmericard USED AIR CONDITIONERS IN STOCK Trade in Your Old Room Air Conditioner KERSTEIN ENGINEERING CO. 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