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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:59 am    Post subject: Alan Titchmarsh Reply with quote

Heard the first 45 minutes or so in the car yesterday evening.

A little clanger at the start. The first piece was both front and back-credited as Eric Coates' Merrymakers Overture and this is apparently confirmed on the Music Played list on the BBC website. But what they actually played was the not dissimilar Covent Garden from Coates' London Suite.

But I'll forgive anything when they also include the Litolff Scherzo and Hoffnung's peerless Bricklayer letter.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tut, tut, what a clanger. I haven't listened to Titch for a long time. Sounds like he does a proper mix of music still.

I think the Litolff Scherzo is quite corny. We never hear the complete work. I have it on CD somewhere.

I took a recording of Hoffnung's Bricklayer Letter from Des Carrington's show some time ago and I use it in a business training course, a humorous start to getting the message to directors of construction companies that they should provide training and appropriate equipment to prevent accidents and to comply with construction regulations (CDM 2007) Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter Donohue, whose recording was used last night, has recorded the concerti nos 2 to 5. The score of No 1 has been lost. The renowned scherzo comes from no 4.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it is Peter Donohue's recording I have, he recorded it/them for Hyperion but I seem to have recorded it from a Classic FM evening programme couple of years ago Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm loving this programme tonight......the music is delightful...it's just right for winding down to.....if like me you have been in the company of a busy little girl who always has lots to do......and wants her Nana to join in......all the time..... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Becky,

I'm just thinking the same, it's bringing back so many memories for me. Magic Moments, "the time the floor fell out when I put the clutch down", we used to sing it on the way back from the coast in the back of the car!

Blue Danube, a trip on it in Vienna, as a teenager.

Peter Skellern, he was he cabaret in a dinner we were at in a Manchester hotel about 15 years age that I'd forgotten about.

That's just the first hour! It's my clearing away music after our late dinner.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Helen,

I love lots of Peter Skellern songs.....beautiful arrangements.....did he just accompany himself when you saw him?...i'm wondering what he sounded like live as he surely couldn't haul a brass band with himself everywhere.. Shocked

I hadn't heard O maiden,my maiden, before....lovely ..and Jake Thackray!!...Laughing .and now the racing song from My Fair Lady....that is stunning to watch....

Much to enjoy!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Becky,

From memory I think there were 2 or 3 other musicians accompanying him and he sounded wonderful and was very funny. Our table was quite close to the stage which made it even better.

It's absolutely ages since I've heard anything by Jake Thackeray, you don't realise just how much we don't hear on R2 these days.

I do wish they had left the show running for 2 hours though.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
you don't realise just how much we don't hear on R2 these days.

That's true, Helen
Helen May wrote:

I do wish they had left the show running for 2 hours though.

H
Me too..i was dismayed to hear it was being cut by half an hour... Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A fantastic selection, to judge by the playlist (I never get to listen at that hour). I think the choice of music is lighter than it was when Alan started in that slot.

Peter Skellern also did shows, and a couple of albums, as a double act with the much-maligned but very clever Richard Stilgoe. Nothing on youtube, though, to illustrate.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just checked out the playlist and there are a few errors on it Ron. Peter Skellern's track was You're A Lady to start with.

The playlist information was much better before they mucked around with the website IMHO.

I read elsewhere that the iPlayer had some upgrades last week and it seems that it works better from the webpage now rather than having to go to the iPlayer home page.

The sound is lower if and when you come to record anything though.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love Walked In is not at the top of the list when I think about Gershwin songs....but sometimes you hear a song and you see/hear Smile it in a different light ...tonight a young man of seventeen performed a lovely version of it on Alan's programme,and did just that, for me...
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Hearing Danny Kaye's Inchworm is always a joy..... what a gorgeous song that is

And Vilja,again, just a few weeks after hearing it on Desmond Carrington's show .....wonder if Helen May was listening and singing along to it?... Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was Becky LOL! I remember singing Inchworm at school as well.

Good one tonight I thought.

H

PS did you hear Skellern and Stillgoe's 'Joyce The Librarian' last week?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I was Becky LOL! I remember singing Inchworm at school as well.

Good one tonight I thought.

H

PS did you hear Skellern and Stillgoe's 'Joyce The Librarian' last week?

Missed that,H..
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Love Walked In is not at the top of the list when I think about Gershwin songs....but sometimes you hear a song and you see/hear Smile it in a different light


Becky,

It is a lovely song but I do prefer when someone sings the words (by Ira Gershwin) and just happens there is a British recording from 1938 on my dance band show #41 this week

http://www.r2ok.co.uk/dancebandshow.htm

26mins in... piano is Carroll Gibbons, voice George Melachrino

Love Walked In is one of several great songs in the 1938 film Goldwyn Follies.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
becky sharp wrote:
Love Walked In is not at the top of the list when I think about Gershwin songs....but sometimes you hear a song and you see/hear Smile it in a different light


Becky,

It is a lovely song but I do prefer when someone sings the words (by Ira Gershwin) and just happens there is a British recording from 1938 on my dance band show #41 this week

http://www.r2ok.co.uk/dancebandshow.htm

26mins in... piano is Carroll Gibbons, voice George Melachrino

Love Walked In is one of several great songs in the 1938 film Goldwyn Follies.

Smile

I know what you mean about lyrics, John, and usually feel short changed when there are none where some are intended but the instrumental version by the young man was lovely .....I had a little sing-a long to it so all wasn't lost....in my house at least....Smile

Loved the version you played......and Little Man You've had A Busy Day brought a smile to my face .....

Thanks for the link to your show ....I've bookmarked it to listen to more of your programmes..

Oh and George Melachrino the vocalist on Love Walked In ....is he the one who had a band too?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes that's the same George Melachrino who had a large light orchestra and made it huge in USA as well as Europe in the 1950s/60s.

In the 1930's he could play just about any instrument but was employed mainly for saxophone and violin, and he sang quite a few records for Carroll Gibbons, a fine voice I think. He also wrote many of the music arrangements for the Gibbons' records, probably Love Walked In is one.

I have one of his Music For Pleasure LPs from 1965, in fact it was his last album. It has great new (at the time) maybe a bit 'lush' arrangements of Stardust, Blue Room, Begin The Beguine etc. That year he unfortunately fell asleep in his bath and drowned, it's one of those biographical details I wish I hadn't read Confused but you always want to know what happened to someone.
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What an awful death.... Sad

It struck me to ask you a question,John...hope you don't mind

I have asked it many times without success anywhere.....

When I was little my dad used to sing songs to us all the time....lots were (now I think of it )sort of like music hall songs..there is one I remember but none of my sisters remember it...which is beginning to make me think I was the only one around when he sang it .... Confused

Anyhow it had the following words in it ... not in order I might add

"Oh I'm Solly always jolly

And I said to the waiter bring me fish and tata..(as in potatoes) cos I'm Solly from Petticoat Lane"

Not a lot to go on....does it ring any bells with you?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During the war George Melachrino was apparently nicknamed the Sentimental Sergeant-Major.

One or two of his compositions, like Winter Sunshine and Les Jeux, are still knocking about in the catalogues.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Melachrino LP was one of the first to be issued on EMI's Music For Pleasure label, then a new concept - the budget-price album. My mum still has her copy, almost as new - and you're right, the arrangements are very lush (very like Mantovani).
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky,

I don't know your music hall song and a google didn't find Solly from Petticoat Lane.

Some may have heard of Melachrino cigars and cigarettes, old tins can be found on ebay. That was George's family's old business which they sold to Tobacco Products Corporation maybe early 1900s, which sort of grew into what is now Phillip Morris 'Marlboro', and Philip Morris did market a 'Melachrino' cigar up until the 1950s.

Another tragedy in George's life was while he was touring Europe, with the orchestra in WWII, his wife and children were killed in a London air raid. I don't know what other family he might have had. After his death in 1965 his orchestra was taken on by Robert Mandell.

Melachrino's success in USA was largely through his series of albums of 'mood' music, I don't know if there was any original music in those, maybe just lush smooth arrangements of standards, but the albums were titled like Music for Faith and Inner Calm, Music to Help You Sleep, Music for Two People Alone, Music for Daydreaming, stuff like that which the Americans loved Smile


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John W wrote:
becky,

I don't know your music hall song and a google didn't find Solly from Petticoat Lane.

John
Thanks anyway,John... Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More lovely music in the latest programme.....there was a tune (Remember Me) by the Brighouse and Raistrick band with Alan Morrison on cornet that was just a delight to listen to..I haven't got any brass band cds but think I will remedy that quite soon....he played another favourite of mine,the beautiful If Ever I Would Leave You from Camelot by Robert Meadmore.....who I have never heard of....
lovely but I prefer the Robert Goulet version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwfYHVJHMOA
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Hi Becky,

I haven't heard of him before either. Ages since I've heard One from Chorus Line.

Amazing how often Willi Boskovsky conducts the pieces Alan plays. Many years ago he came into the airline town office I worked for at the time to have his flight ticket routing changed and sat at the other side of my desk while I attended to it. A charming man.

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Helen May wrote:
Hi Becky,

I haven't heard of him before either. Ages since I've heard One from Chorus Line.

Amazing how often Willi Boskovsky conducts the pieces Alan plays. Many years ago he came into the airline town office I worked for at the time to have his flight ticket routing changed and sat at the other side of my desk while I attended to it. A charming man.

H
Hi Helen,

That's nice to hear.... Smile

I like the Chorus Line one,too.... the show always has nice mix of music....it's nice to anticipate what will come next!
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I'm sure we've mentioned Alan T's programme since the last posting 10 months ago??

Some nice tracks tonight. Velia by the late Joan Sutherland and Russell Watson's Italian version of Dusty's 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me'.

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Perhaps we talked about it more on the old Radio 2 board,Helen....only caught a little of it tonight so will listen again if I get the time...love Velia
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Has anyone seen his ITV 1 Live at 5pm weekday chat show? It's not too bad.
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I seldom watch daytime TV Mark so I've not seen it. I prefer radio at that time.

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Me too. Afternoon/Early Evening telly? Heaven forbid. Please no......
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'Vilja' makes me think of the audition scene in Bugsy Malone now!
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Was lovely to hear Max Bygraves (just gone eighty eight) on Alan's programme tonight ..I smiled all the way through it....and later in the programme Narcissus by Joyce Grenfell and Norman Wisdom....what a delight! ...Very Happy... then a song ....The Nun's Chorus.....that is so beautiful it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it....
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I used to sing the toothbrush song to my boys when they were little (25 years ago). I still know it word for word and always join in. Narcissus is irresistible - great fun.
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becky sharp wrote:
Was lovely to hear Max Bygraves (just gone eighty eight) on Alan's programme tonight ..I smiled all the way through it....and later in the programme Narcissus by Joyce Grenfell and Norman Wisdom....what a delight! ...Very Happy... then a song ....The Nun's Chorus.....that is so beautiful it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it....


Yes some good ones this week, Pink Toothbrush reminded me of Children's Favourites where it would often feature.

I don't know when I last heard the 'Nun's Chorus', I'd almost forgotten about it and had no idea it came from the same writers of The White Horse Inn, unless I misheard Alan? Like 'Velia' we used to sing it at school, couldn't sing a note nowadays though!

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Not an expert on this but I understand that...
The Nuns' Chorus comes from Casanova, an operetta using the music of Johann Strauss II, arranged by Ralph Benatzky, libretto by Rudolph Schanzer and Ernst Welisch.

Music for The White Horse Inn was shared between Robert Stolz, Ralph Benatzky and Bruno Granichstaedten, libretto by Robert Gilbert
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It was Ralph Bernatzky that Alan mentioned on Sunday Ron, and I always just think of Robert Stolz when it comes to the White Horse Inn (I went there many, many years ago!). Hence the confusion!

Thanks for sorting that one out Ron! Smile

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Ah, The Nun's Chorus...brings back childhood memories as my Dad had that on his "Your Hundred Best Tunes" LP. It's been a long time since I heard it. Thanks AT!
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Some good ones so far tonight. The theme from All Creatures Great And Small, Sunday night TV of yesteryear.

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Only an hour tonight but some lovely Christmas music.

Started with the Christmas Overture (?) which I love. Christmas Alphabet from Dickie Valentine, another favourite plus some long forgotten carols from school days as well.

Worth a listen while you do some Christmas preparations.

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Thanks for the reminder Helen.... Smile wasn't able to listen last night...
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