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Ros at the Opera

This is another gem I picked up at St. Vinny’s in Madi­son. The cover alone, with its stereo­typ­i­cal Wag­ner­ian Valkyrie with an old-style conga, was worth the pur­chase. But the record turns out to be pretty good (read: delight­fully cheesy), too. Edmundo Ros ( who I hadn’t heard of before pick­ing up this record) was born in Trinidad to Venezue­lan and Scot­tish par­ents, and has spent the bulk of his career in Britain. From 1940 to the mid 90s, he … Con­tinue read­ing

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The Burbank Philharmonic

I hap­pened upon this record at a thrift shop in Madi­son. It was in the Easy Lis­ten­ing (slash things-that-defy-categorization) bin. The photo of Civil War brass play­ers on the front caught my eye. Then, I noticed the track list: “Hey Jude,” “Spin­ning Wheel,” “Light My Fire,” “Michelle,” “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feel­ing,” etc. Those tunes in com­bi­na­tion with the photo and the name of the group con­vinced me to add the record to my stack. I don’t think I really … Con­tinue read­ing

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Bassoonian Rhapsody

This past week­end was the annual Dou­ble Reed Day at UW-Madison. DRD involves two con­certs, mas­ter­classes, and a huge dou­ble reed ensem­ble. Our guests this year were Nancy Ambrose King (pro­fes­sor of oboe at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan) and Alain de Gour­don (the head of Lorée). As usual, the whole event was a lot of fun. We grad bas­soon­ists were asked to assem­ble a quar­tet to play on the evening con­cert. As it turned out, only 3 of us (out of … Con­tinue read­ing

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Saturday Night Fiedler

For my first odd LP post, I’m actu­ally going with the first weird record I bought: I picked up Sat­ur­day Night Fiedler about three years ago in the small clas­si­cal sec­tion at The Great Escape in Nashville. It was still sealed, so I didn’t lis­ten to it there. But, how could I pass up an album with Arthur Fiedler, long-time con­duc­tor of the Boston Pops, awk­wardly posed in a white leisure suit on the cover? I kept the record sealed … Con­tinue read­ing

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Flute and Harpsichord Sonatas?

A cou­ple of weeks ago, I picked up this album. Can you spot what’s wrong with the cover? Bonus points if you can find the sec­ond thing wrong with the pic­ture. West­min­ster Gold strikes again…

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