Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 23, 1974 · Page 87
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June 23, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 87

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Disappointing album GREATEST HITS OF THE 70*, Arthur Fiedler and the ' Boston Pop», RCA Records, Siwrw, ARL1-0035 The Pops have pooped out in Boston. This latest in the orchestra's "greatest hits" series is not up to snuff by any standard. Perhaps part of the fault is in selection of material. An orchestra the caliber of the world-renowned Pops trying to bring off "Popcorn, "Play Me,' and "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," may seem cute in concept, but is dreadful in execution. The usually swash-buckling conductor Arthur Fiedler is unable to stir the orchestra out of the ho-hums on the above mentioned tunes. I found myself, in fact, constantly checking the liner notes to see which song Disc-cussion "PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION" and "BOLERO;" Eugene Ormandy, the Philadelphia Orchestra; RCA Red Seal, ARLI-045I These two warhorses have been done often, but never quite so well as by the old master. Ormandy has chosen two. winners. It's unlikely that a budding music lover lives who hasn't invested his savings in Ravel's own "Bolero" and his orchestration of Moussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition." In "Pictures," Moussorg- sky transposed ten drawings by Victor Hartmann to a suite for piano. But although some of us favor the stark piano work, it wasn't a success until the mid 1920's when Ravel, at the request of Koussevitsky, transposed ' the impressions to orchestra. Since then, it has become a showpiece for orchestra, with few conductors missing the opportunity to incorporate the work into his concert program. , . , . . . . "Bolero," popular with youth for a number of ,,rea£, sons, is performed in all its throbbing magnificence. It's impossible not to puzzle over where our Victorian censors were hiding when Ravel un- leased his admitted piece of erotica. ' . ' ' . . We're reminded in the program notes (if we ever knew) that the composer spawned his work as a ballet. The single dancer, placed in a dim cafe, moves to the sensuous rhythm.. .a rhythm that never varies.. until the end. Today, the work is heard almost exclusively in concert. Only the reader can decide if the release is worth.buy- ing. ' ' · If you own neither offer- · ing, it probably is. If you already have accumulated a recording or two of either, it's up to you. The variable here is Ormandy. We're told his is the ,,· "Rolls-Royce of orchestras." Maybe-it is. (K. M.) I was hearing. They all sounded boringly alike. 'The orchestra's attempt to imitate the Scottish bagpipe version of " A m a z i n g Grace," also falls on its face. It would, in my opinion, have been a success done as it was written many years ago; simply and in a forthright manner. There are bright moments. Ray Stevens' bouncy composition "Everything Is Beautiful," is light-hearted and airy; the ballads are moving and dramatically interpreted. "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and "We've Only Just Begun," ad superior standouts while the N e i l - D i a m o n d tune "Song Sung Blue" is-boo-hoo and 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" drags on into eternity. Perhaps the only reason to purchase this album is the cover photo. There is white- haired, mustachioed Fiedler, resplendent in a sweatshirt lettered "U.S.A. Olympic Drinking Team." He's carrying a gas mask and a "Save Our Wildlife" placard. He's making the peace sign. It's a terrific cover and a disappointing album. If you need a new, campy wall decoration, buy the album, cut but the cover and throw away the record. (MAS). Barry Morell Sings Bellini; Norma, La Sonnambula, I Puritani; Vienna Volksoper Orchestra, Argeo Qitadri, conductor; RCA Red Seal, ARLI-OI35. Here's a welcome break from the usual repertoire of tenors. '.' ' . . - . ' .·";'···';" ..'.'.' Instead of the usual smattering of Verdi and Puccini, Morell capably concentrates on Bellini. From Norma, he offers "Svanir le voci; and.. Meco all'altar di Venere." - CReggimi, o bupna maare and Tutto e sciplto 1 'were chosen from La Sonnambula and he sings "Son salvo and La crudelta" from I Puri- tani. Lovers of Italian schmaltz may find a more standard collection more to their liking. But one can accumulate only so many Tosca or Boheme arias without wonder-' ing if there isn't more to the world of opera. Morell is neither a Bjorling nor a Gigli. But he is an accomplished match for most contemporary tenors. The release is particularly recommended to those trying to build an operatic library without investing in the complete works. ' (K.M) NOW! mm The Original Replacement Window Complete Exterior Casing Only $10°° per Window I BEFORE This month you can have complete exterior casing and sills for only $10 per window when you replace your old windows with Nu-Sash... end painting and caulking problems, beautify your home ... but act now. 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