1940’s

Winston Churchill (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965)

Winston Churchill (November 30, 1874 – January 24, 1965)

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC/MBS – First Lord Of The Admiralty Winston Churchill – Address At Free Trade Hall, Manchester – January 27, 1940 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection . . . or click on the link here for Audio Player...

Situations Growing More Grave – January 19, 1942

Situations Growing More Grave – January 19, 1942

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Red Network News Of The World – January 19, 1942 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. No shortage of grim news, this January 19th in 1942. The Far East was in a state of turmoil, with Singapore hanging...

Paris Conservatory And Andrè Cluytens Play Music Of Roussel – 1949 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Albert Roussel – Bacchus et Ariane – Paris Conservatory, Andrè Cluytens, cond. – 1949 Besançon Festival – ORTF – Gordon Skene Sound Collection More music from the 1949 Besançon Festival in France this week, featuring the legendary...

State Of The Union In Wartime – January 6, 1945

State Of The Union In Wartime – January 6, 1945

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – President Roosevelt: State Of The Union – January 6, 1945 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. This day, 70 years ago, we were still in the midst of a World War. The optimism which followed the Allied invasion...

Andrè Cluytens And The Paris Conservatory Play La Flem At The 1949 Besançon Festival – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

Andrè Cluytens And The Paris Conservatory Play La Flem At The 1949 Besançon Festival – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Paul Le Flem – Adagio – Paris Conservatory Orch. Andrè Cluytens, cond, – 1949 Besançon Festival – Gordon Skene Sound Collection Back over to France this week for the first performance of a work by French-Breton composer...

Grim, Last Ditch Stands And The Capture Of Manila – January 2, 1942

Grim, Last Ditch Stands And The Capture Of Manila – January 2, 1942

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Blue Network News Of The World – January 2, 1942 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. As war swept over the world, and battles raged from the South Pacific to the outskirts of Moscow, news was pessimistic but...

The Music Of Silas Pratt – NBC Studio Orchestra 1944 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

The Music Of Silas Pratt – NBC Studio Orchestra 1944 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Silas G. Pratt: Serenade For Strings – NBC Studio Orchestra – Joseph Stulpak, cond. – 1944 broadcast performance – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. A bit of late 19th-early 20th Century long-forgotten American Orchestral Music this weekend. Silas...

Buddy DeFranco – Live In Buenos Aires 1980 – (RIP: Buddy DeFranco – 1923-2014) – Past Daily Downbeat: Tribute Edition

Buddy DeFranco – Live In Buenos Aires 1980 – (RIP: Buddy DeFranco – 1923-2014) – Past Daily Downbeat: Tribute Edition

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Buddy De Franco – Live in Buenos Aires 1980 More sad news this week. The passing on Christmas Eve of Jazz Hall of Fame Clarinetist Buddy De Franco, whose work began in the Big Band era and...

Christmas During The Blitz – December 24-25, 1940

Christmas During The Blitz – December 24-25, 1940

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC Home Service – Christmas in Wartime – Dec. 24-25, 1940 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection. However melancholy one gets over the Christmas season, there’s always the possibility of getting stuck in the middle of a war...

Charles Munch And The New York Philharmonic – Honegger: Joan Of Arc At The Stake (U.S. Premier) – 1948 – Past Daily Weekend Gramophone

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – New York Philharmonic – Soloists and Chorus conducted by Charles Munch. Artur Honegger: Joan Of Arc At The Stake (U.S. Broadcast premier) – January 4, 1948 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection I hesitated to run this for...