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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wondered if you were listening Eileen. I do like John's voice.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think he's at his best as a singer Helen. I have a CD he made which is all Cole Porter songs.

That Strallen family is pretty talented! Scarlett (on tonight), sister Summer (currently in Top Hat in London) plus a young sister on the up and up ... and their auntie is Bonnie Langford.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One to put in the diary ....this Friday night's edition...

Happy Birthday John Williams!

A long time ago in a galaxy not so far, far away composer John Williams sat at his grand piano to sketch out ideas for his next film score.

This special Friday Night is Music Night concert celebrates the music of composer John Williams in this his 80th birthday year........



http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nmdjp
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm looking forward to hearing this Becky!

10 years ago we went to a concert of John Williams music in Dallas when we were staying with our English friends. They had been given the tickets as his boss's wife was in the orchestra, it was superb. Given that it's his 80th this year I'm now wondering if that one was for his 70th birthday?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That must have been a lovely experience,Helen.

When I read up about John Williams, a while ago, I learnt that his first wife was Barbara Ruick who played the ditzy Carrie Snodgrass in Carousel ... she,sadly, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the young age of 43. Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really looking forward to this one - I hope the line-up includes a few more adventurous tunes alongside the usual Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws and Superman.

I saw him conduct the LSO at the Barbican about 15 years ago - fabulous stuff!

EDITED: Now I've read the programme description I see it is the usual stuff - but as there's an error in the very first paragraph I'll wait to hear what's true or not!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A cracking concert - the music was a lot more varied than the preview said, and most of my favourites were packed in. Good half-time feature too. So much better selection of music than Classic FM played in their tribute recently.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know why we're currently getting nothing but repeats in the FNIMN slot?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

financial cuts I expect Ian and the time of year.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there are new ones on the 18th and 25th January, and then the BBC Concert Orchestra go to the USA for a tour in February so probably more repeats then.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anyone catch the one on the London Underground, broadcast last Friday and apparently a repeat but new to me? Great selection of light classics and popular items. I especially enjoyed Grieg's Symphonic Dance no 2, which was closer to the spirit of the occasion than they might have realised, as many years ago it was the sig tune to a BBC TV adaptation of E Nesbit's novel the Railway Children.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reminder Ian. I couldn't listen last Friday but heard it first time around and enjoyed it. However I'm planning to iPlayer it this week.

I've just started listening - loving it again. The first number Rhythm on Rails sent shivers down my spine! Love that sort of Light Music.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So do I! I'm currently collecting a series by Iain Sutherland, who often used to be MD on FNIMN. Great stuff.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to this week's Friday Night Is Music Night. On Wednesday. On Radio 3.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too, Ian Smile.
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This Friday's should be good as well!

America's Greatest Broadway Hits with the BBC Concert Orchestra introduced by Paul Gambaccini.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
This Friday's should be good as well!

America's Greatest Broadway Hits with the BBC Concert Orchestra introduced by Paul Gambaccini.

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Yes,Helen,thee was a trailer for it on Elaine's programme yesterday. I heard mention of songs from Oklahoma; Carousel; South Pacific and the Sound of Music and I was in!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too Becky!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I heard mention of songs from Oklahoma; Carousel; South Pacific and the Sound of Music and I was in!


Oh, I do hope there's songs from pre-1940 Confused There are many good songs from older 1920s shows like Lady Be Good, Show Boat, Blackbirds, Good News, Hold Everything and from others in the 1930s.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes John I agree. Much as I love Rodgers & Hammerstein, there was much wonderful music before they arrived as a team in the 1940s.
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becky sharp wrote:
I heard mention of songs from Oklahoma; Carousel; South Pacific and the Sound of Music and I was in!


Oh, I do hope there's songs from pre-1940 Confused There are many good songs from older 1920s shows like Lady Be Good, Show Boat, Blackbirds, Good News, Hold Everything and from others in the 1930s.

The ones I posted about were the only ones I heard mention of in the trailer in Elaine's programme ....a visit to the website reveals more..

Paul introduces Broadway hits from Jerome Kern's Showboat premiered on December 27, 1927 at the Ziegfeld Theatre and considered the first ever Broadway musical. Alongside songs from the great Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein catalogue of shows such as Oklahoma; Carousel; South Pacific and the Sound of Music. Then amongst the razzamatazz of the big home grown American musicals a big splash of Union Jack pride with hits from - Cats; Phantom of the Opera as well as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:

Paul introduces Broadway hits from Jerome Kern's Showboat premiered on December 27, 1927 at the Ziegfeld Theatre and considered the first ever Broadway musical....


Oh dear, misconceptions continue, and we can blame the BBC for continuing. Broadway musical plays go back to the 1860s! Minstrel-type shows were Broadway musicals. And Gilbert & Sullivan operettas performed on Broadway from 1878 onwards. P G Wodehouse and Victor Herbert wrote successful musicals before WWI. In the 1920s musicals featured tunes by George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Vincent Youmans, Rodgers and Hart, Noel Coward, Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml - many of which are still sung today by jazz singers and by Buble, Cullum etc
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John W wrote:
becky sharp wrote:

Paul introduces Broadway hits from Jerome Kern's Showboat premiered on December 27, 1927 at the Ziegfeld Theatre and considered the first ever Broadway musical....


Oh dear, misconceptions continue, and we can blame the BBC for continuing. Broadway musical plays go back to the 1860s! Minstrel-type shows were Broadway musicals. And Gilbert & Sullivan operettas performed on Broadway from 1878 onwards. P G Wodehouse and Victor Herbert wrote successful musicals before WWI. In the 1920s musicals featured tunes by George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Vincent Youmans, Rodgers and Hart, Noel Coward, Sigmund Romberg, Rudolf Friml - many of which are still sung today by jazz singers and by Buble, Cullum etc

Perhaps whoever wrote "and considered the first ever Broadway musical" on the Radio 2 website based their comments on information such as I found on the internet.


The arrival of Show Boat on Broadway was a watershed moment in the history of American musicals. Compared to the trivial and unrealistic operettas, light musical comedies, and "Follies"-type musical revues that defined Broadway in the 1890s and early 20th century, Show Boat "was a radical departure in musical storytelling, marrying spectacle with seriousness".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show_Boat

The first Broadway score ever to have a coherent plot and integrated songs, Showboat is the story of the Hawks family and their showboat troop of actors aboard the Cotton Blossom floating theater.


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Yes Show Boat was new, almost like an opera as it had dialogue action music and 'relevant' songs, but so do all the Gilbert & Sullivan stage works, so Show Boat was not the first, just a new presentation style - written specifically FOR Broadway - which was adopted by new shows and has continued ever since. Shows like Lady Be Good were musical shows too, just the songs mostly did not relate to the stage plot.

Typical poor BBC research, but also typical that a presenter like Paul Gambo is given a script like this and he just reads it like it's gospel Rolling Eyes

Surely Gambo knows something of pre-1929 musicals??
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I imagine he does John but he won't have had much input on the production I'm betting. If the producers are anything like the ones on the JV show they will all be under 30........

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The writer of the blurb doesn't necessarily have any input to the show. Although, there was a recent Radio 4 show about Doctor Who which had blurb that managed to get pretty much every basic fact wrong. When called on it, they claimed it's what they'd been told so was true - despite a quick trawl of the internet would have disproved it. It's just lazy young producers, churning out content with no time to check things.

Anyway... thought last night's concert was great. Loved the banter between Ken and Petroc - reminded me a bit of Eurovision, oddly.
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Pas de Quatre from Faust up to Date by Meyer Lutz has been earworming me ever since I heard it on the show last night.

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The new Radio Times informs me that the edition of FNIMN to be broadcast on 25 October is a repeat of one broadcast in September. At this rate, will they be broadcasting the same edition in consecutive weeks before long? And why are there so many repeats, anyway?

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And why are there so many repeats, anyway?

I think it's partly cost-cutting but also because the BBC Concert Orchestra are now the best-regarded of the BBC's orchestras and are in demand. They've just toured with Danny Elfman and have loads of projects on the go - they're doing a difficult Frank Zappa concert on the South Bank on Tuesday 29th.
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Is this Zappa concert on the radio?
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SantaFefan wrote:
Is this Zappa concert on the radio?

Not that I know of. Details here:
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/frank-zappas-200-motels-71696?dt=2013-10-29
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Thanks Ian... Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time was that visiting orchestras would cover the BBCCO. But I suppose repeats are cheaper and less bother.

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Update: the Frank Zappa concert is on Radio 3 this Saturday at 10pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03h3kk5
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Re my posting of 15 October, I thought I was joking re having the same edition in consecutive weeks but they've now gone and done it! And it was sloppy not to edit out references to the Friday before Christmas.

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They are repeating 'Friday Night Is Fright Night' from last November this evening. I don't know why it's being repeated, but it is nice to hear Alex Lester presenting it, reminding me how much I enjoyed the Christmas / New Year fortnight, hearing Alex presenting his usual show (followed by Richard Allinson) This is the Radio 2 I've sorely missed for so long.
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Two of our National Treasures made this episode of FNIMN a delightful listen.

Their choice of music for their stunning routines over the years has been impeccable as heard in this programme.
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Thank you for the reminder Becky.

It was Torvill and Dean's Mack and Mabel that got me listening to David Jacobs back when they skated to it. I didn't know the music at all but my Dad (he liked the piece as well) said David played it quite often on his programme which I didn't really listen to, I was still flicking between R1 and R2 at that time! Can still remember the joy of finding a cassette of the Broadway production of M & M reduced in Boots record department in Manchester about the time of Bolero. Still have it!

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It's a great feeling when you spot a bargain,isn't it,Helen?

You have nudged me into buying a CD of Mack and Mabel and it will have to be the original Broadway production as nobody but nobody can sing I Won't Send Roses like Robert Preston ( I might have mentioned that once or twice before) Wink

I loved the Bolero and Barnum routines but my favourite was always Mack and Mabel

Torvill and Dean are the guests on Desert Island Discs tomorrow

I Won't Send Roses could well be one of my choices if ever I was cast away as I never tire of hearing it... Very Happy


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I agree Robert Preston's is the best version. The overture is also the one that Torvill and Dean used, I'm 99% sure, as they can alter the speed etc on the recording for a skating routine. Strangely my boss at that time was called Bob Preston!

Will try and listen to Desert Island Discs.

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