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Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians play “Auld Lang Syne”

Song of the Day is off for the holidays, but we are re-posting a week of holiday songs from NYFOS Managing Director Charles McKay. This post first ran on December 23, 2016.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I had to close my second week with “Auld Lang Syne” as only Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians could do it, with  on vocals.  Talk about nostalgic—the memories come flooding back!  I dedicate this one to my six siblings, Sandra, Jim, Bob, Steve, Bryan and Sharon, all still very much with us.  xoxo Chuck

“Auld Lang Syne” (1947)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK0Lfrr5Wpo

Song of the Day will be off next week. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and will see you in 2019!

Guy Lombardo plays “Winter Wonderland”

Song of the Day is off for the holidays, but we are re-posting a week of holiday songs from NYFOS Managing Director Charles McKay. This post first ran on December 22, 2016.

No better way for getting in the mood for the holidays!  This recording takes me back to my earliest memories.  It was made in 1946 but it was still very much played in the McKay household at Christmas time in the mid to late 50’s and through the 60’s.  As much as I love the Andrew sisters and their incredible harmony, it’s the instrumental segment that really gets me.  Lombardo and his orchestra had such a unique sound, one that completely filled my childhood for years and one that I will never forget.

And as bonus, another Lombardo tune, “The Christmas Waltz.”  This one I dedicate to my folks, who this year would have turned 99 (mom) and 98 (dad).  They enjoyed music, esp Lombardo, and when this tune played on the old hi fi, it was the rare time they would dance together doing their version of the box step.

I hope you enjoy these and seek out more of Lombardo’s recordings!

Andrew Sisters with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idZHFM83wEY

“Christmas Waltz” with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, and vocals by Kenny Gardner

Holiday Performances by Robert Shaw

Song of the Day is off for the holidays, but we are re-posting a week of holiday songs from NYFOS Managing Director Charles McKay. This post first ran on December 21, 2016.

When I knew I was going to offer a week of holiday music, it was a no brainer that one day would be devoted to Robert Shaw.  While at Carnegie Hall, I ran the Professional Training Workshops that included Shaw’s Choral workshops.  From 1992 to 1998, for one week each January, I had the honor and privilege of being right there with him, watching and listening as he prepared one of the great choral masterpieces.

But this was not my first introduction to Mr. Shaw.  In 1977 while at UNC-CH, the Carolina Choir, led by Robert Porco, was invited to join the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Orchestra in their annual series of Messiah performances.  Wow…what an experience.

Today I offer several performances conducted by Mr. Shaw, either with the Robert Shaw Chorale or the ASO & Chorus.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL!

“Carol of the Bells” & “Deck the Halls” by the Robert Shaw Chorale

The Many Moods of Christmas with Robert Shaw and the Altanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus  (approx 51 mins)

Benita Valente’s holiday album “Gloria, Gloria”

Merry Christmas!  Song of the Day is off for the holidays, but we are re-posting a week of holiday songs from NYFOS Managing Director Charles McKay. This post first ran on December 20, 2016.

I’m offering a full recording today, Gloria, Gloria. It was recorded June 1987 in the Gorard College Chapel, Philadelphia and features soprano Benita Valente, The Philadelphia Singers and Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with Michael Korn conducting.  I bought this when it was released later that same year, as a cassette…yes, a cassette.  I enjoyed it many times and then set it aside (switched to CDs and then to internet radio) and was so thrilled when I recently came across it on Youtube.

I had only become aware of Valente just about three years earlier when she appeared in Rinaldowith Horne and Ramey in her Met Opera debut.  She was terrific then and she is here, along with the chorus and orchestra.

This recording is about 40 minutes and has lots to offer so feel free to jump around.  It’s a shortened version of the original recording.  Some of the songs you will hear include “O Tannenbaum,” “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOSfZr6NsvA

Leontyne Price’s Christmas album

Song of the Day is off for the holidays, but we are re-posting a week of holiday songs from NYFOS Managing Director Charles McKay. This post first ran on December 19, 2016.

I’m back for a week of holiday music.  First up, Leontyne Price with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan from 1960 (it was released Jan 1, 1961).  The CD is titled Christmas.

It is Price at her prime and her best and in the hands of Karajan with the Vienna Philharmonic it is a magical collaboration rarely heard.  The recording captures that gorgeous shimmering lush sound that she was famous for and here, performing these beautiful carols and hymns, it is simply one of the loveliest Christmas recordings (or recordings period) ever produced.

The two selections I offer are Mozart’s “Alleluia” and Adams’ “O Holy Night.”  I expect you will not want to listen to any other recording of “O Holy Night” after listening to this.

“Alleluia” from Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn0fTUyah4I

“O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adams

Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians play “Auld Lang Syne”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I had to close my second week with “Auld Lang Syne” as only Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians could do it, with The Lombardo Trio on vocals.  Talk about nostalgic—the memories come flooding back!  I dedicate this one to my six siblings, Sandra, Jim, Bob, Steve, Bryan and Sharon, all still very much with us.  xoxo Chuck

“Auld Lang Syne” (1947)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK0Lfrr5Wpo

Song of the Day will be off next week. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and will see you in 2017!

Guy Lombardo plays “Winter Wonderland”

No better way for getting in the mood for the holidays!  This recording takes me back to my earliest memories.  It was made in 1946 but it was still very much played in the McKay household at Christmas time in the mid to late 50’s and through the 60’s.  As much as I love the Andrew sisters and their incredible harmony, it’s the instrumental segment that really gets me.  Lombardo and his orchestra had such a unique sound, one that completely filled my childhood for years and one that I will never forget.

And as bonus, another Lombardo tune, “The Christmas Waltz.”  This one I dedicate to my folks, who this year would have turned 99 (mom) and 98 (dad).  They enjoyed music, esp Lombardo, and when this tune played on the old hi fi, it was the rare time they would dance together doing their version of the box step.

I hope you enjoy these and seek out more of Lombardo’s recordings!

Andrew Sisters with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

“Winter Wonderland”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idZHFM83wEY

“Christmas Waltz” with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, and vocals by Kenny Gardner

Holiday Performances by Robert Shaw

When I knew I was going to offer a week of holiday music, it was a no brainer that one day would be devoted to Robert Shaw.  While at Carnegie Hall, I ran the Professional Training Workshops that included Shaw’s Choral workshops.  From 1992 to 1998, for one week each January, I had the honor and privilege of being right there with him, watching and listening as he prepared one of the great choral masterpieces.

But this was not my first introduction to Mr. Shaw.  In 1977 while at UNC-CH, the Carolina Choir, led by Robert Porco, was invited to join the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Orchestra in their annual series of Messiah performances.  Wow…what an experience.

Today I offer several performances conducted by Mr. Shaw, either with the Robert Shaw Chorale or the ASO & Chorus.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL!

“Carol of the Bells” & “Deck the Halls” by the Robert Shaw Chorale

The Many Moods of Christmas with Robert Shaw and the Altanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus  (approx 51 mins)

Benita Valente’s holiday album “Gloria, Gloria”

I’m offering a full recording today, Gloria, Gloria. It was recorded June 1987 in the Gorard College Chapel, Philadelphia and features soprano Benita Valente, The Philadelphia Singers and Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia with Michael Korn conducting.  I bought this when it was released later that same year, as a cassette…yes, a cassette.  I enjoyed it many times and then set it aside (switched to CDs and then to internet radio) and was so thrilled when I recently came across it on Youtube.

I had only become aware of Valente just about three years earlier when she appeared in Rinaldo with Horne and Ramey in her Met Opera debut.  She was terrific then and she is here, along with the chorus and orchestra.

This recording is about 40 minutes and has lots to offer so feel free to jump around.  It’s a shortened version of the original recording.  Some of the songs you will hear include “O Tannenbaum,” “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Benita Valente and Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus

Gloria, Gloria

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOSfZr6NsvA

Leontyne Price’s Christmas album

I’m back for a week of holiday music.  First up, Leontyne Price with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan from 1960 (it was released Jan 1, 1961).  The CD is titled Christmas.

It is Price at her prime and her best and in the hands of Karajan with the Vienna Philharmonic it is a magical collaboration rarely heard.  The recording captures that gorgeous shimmering lush sound that she was famous for and here, performing these beautiful carols and hymns, it is simply one of the loveliest Christmas recordings (or recordings period) ever produced.

The two selections I offer are Mozart’s “Alleluia” and Adams’ “O Holy Night.”  I expect you will not want to listen to any other recording of “O Holy Night” after listening to this.

Leontyne Price

“Alleluia” from Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUO8S16VOQo

“O Holy Night” by Adolphe Adams

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