Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
OK, you’re in the market for a new Christmas CD. You’re looking for a super duper, top shelf, fantastic , classic, ultra-enjoyable, high quality recording, one of the best ever produced.
Want my opinion?
The Carpenters recorded two Christmas albums.
Get them both.
Perfectly lush arrangements.
You say you already have the Carpenters Christmas CD’s?
You say that you have those CD’s because, just like me, you possess superior taste?
OK. What now?
This week, some wonderful alternatives.
If Christmas recordings by this legendary ensemble are not in your personal collection you need to take care of that pronto. They are known and loved everywhere.
They’ve been performing for 131 years, are known as “America’s Orchestra, ” and it’s the most recorded orchestra in the country.
The Boston Pops Orchestra, no matter what the Christmas selection, never ever disappoints.
If, like my wife and I, you’ve had the tremendous fortune to see the Pops in concert at Christmas time you’ll hear this super medley.
Let’s start with the version conducted by superstar John Williams.
We couldn’t come up with a better opening than this.
This may be hard to believe, but there were seventeen Pops conductors, beginning with the German Adolf Neuendorff, who preceded Arthur Fiedler, the first American-born musician to lead the orchestra. Fiedler was Pops Conductor from 1930-1979. Do the math. That’s a long time.
We’ll get back to Fiedler but first, the young whippersnapper, Keith Lockhart conducts.
GET THIS CD!
I recall an interview Bob Edwards did with Liberace when Edwards worked at NPR. I’ll never forget Liberace with no shame and a chuckle in his voice said he took classical music and “took the boring parts out.”
Arthur Fiedler may have been somewhat guilty of the same. Fiedler took the orchestra’s original daring risk of performing light classical treatments even beyond that to whatever ranked high in popular culture.
Elvis? The Beatles? Sonny and Cher? Didn’t matter. The Pops under Fiedler would showcase these immensely popular acts.
Arthur Fiedler do the following?
Are you kidding me?
I wonder if Fiedler were alive today if he’d do, for example, an album of Justin Timberlake stuff.
God I would hope not.
Attend a Christmas Pops concert and near the end of the show you will become part of it, asked to participate. It’s lots of fun.
Back to Keith Lockhart…
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Please enjoy our finale!