GERM Project

GERM Project · 21. August 2019
TWO GREAT UNFINISHED SYMPHONIES: Schubert's & Mahler's TENTH. Both Franz Schubert and Gustav Mahler died in the midst of creating their TENTH SYMPHONIES; Schubert in 1828 and Mahler in 1911. These unfinished manuscripts have been a source of mystery and wonder for music historians since the premature death of both composers. We will tell the story of their symphonies and how their last musical thoughts were brought to life by amazing forensic musical research. Both Schubert and Mahler were...
GERM Project · 19. August 2019
A 1952 New York concert created by the impresario Norman Granz was the "peace summit" between the radical (and angry) young Be Bop jazz musicians (Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk etc) and the Old Guard jazz veterans of the Duke Ellington band era of the 1920s & 30s. We will hear extended excerpts from this concert, at which the Be Boppers and Old Guard joined forces for a memorable evening of ecstatic music-making. A touch of the great Charlie Parker blowing solo will finish the...
GERM Project · 13. August 2019
Tonight we will be listening to the three albums on vinyl that careful listeners consider to be the BEST of Cat Stevens: MONA BONE JAKON (1969), TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN (1970) and TEASER AND THE FIRECAT (1971). This British musician was hospitalized in the late 1960's for nearly one year and near death; a miraculous recovery ushered in for him a flood of song-writing and a solo performing career that spawned these three LPs. Poetic imagery of spiritual struggle and growth emerge from his lyrics,...
GERM Project · 06. August 2019
This week the project will explore music from INDIA: RAVI SHANKAR, sitar master, plays ragas both solo and with the noted English violinist Yehudi Menuhin. These classic EMI recordings are absolutely stunning; we will hear the musicians sound as if they are ALIVE and IN THE ROOM. The vinyl is that good! My Pakastani friend Zahira will be there to tell us what it was like to grow up with this music. For a brief coda, we will hear the American RY COODER and his bottleneck guitar play with another...
GERM Project · 27. July 2019
The project will track Haydn's development of the Classical Symphony from his first happy days working for Prince Esterhazy to his introduction of the first symphony in a minor key. With an expanded orchestra at his disposal and musicians of the highest caliber, Haydn demonstrated in these works an astonishing inventiveness in every aspect of his music making. This was the time of his first contact with Mozart, leading to a lifelong affectionate friendship. The event is free (from 7 to 8 pm);...
GERM Project · 23. July 2019
The project will present Claude Debussy and Enrique Granados playing their piano works LIVE on vinyl. Although both composers died before 1920, we are fortunate to have vivid and accurate recordings of their playing in the form of piano rolls. They both travelled to the depths of the Black Forest for a session at the WELTE MIGNON recording site and made piano roll recordings of astonishing realism. We will hear Debussy playing his SUNKEN CATHEDRAL and other works, and Granados in his GOYESCAS....
GERM Project · 15. July 2019
Three great film scores on original vinyl will be heard from 7 to 8 pm, Wednesday July 17: CHINATOWN, AMARCORD & SOMEWHERE IN TIME. Jerry Goldsmith was a last minute replacement composer for CHINATOWN's soundtrack, which he completed at white heat in 10 days. The haunting trumpet theme, the diabolical music portraying Noah Cross and the atmosphere of Southern California summer are wonderfully evoked. Fellini's comedy AMARCORD ("I Remember") from 1975 has a salon orchestra score by Nino...
GERM Project · 02. July 2019
The amazing LOS CALCHAKIS will be played on rare (in North America) vinyl. They have aptly been called “The Beatles of South America” because their '60s record sales in their native lands rivaled the sale of the Lads in North America. You will hear the flutes and pipes of the High Andes, along with native derivations of European harps and string instruments. The sound is like no other on earth and you can feel the rarefied high peaks air of these “People of the Clouds” when listening to...
GERM Project · 17. June 2019
The Project continues with spectacular musical sounds for the Fourth of July. FIREWORKS! The word conjures images of vivid displays of color painted against the night sky on a July evening. Translate the same effects into music and you have the astonishing sonic creations for full orchestra by composers from 1750 to the present day. We will astonish ourselves with BIG music by Handel, Wagner, Glass, Mahler, Ives and Dame Ethyl Smyth! There is NO LIMIT to the acoustic potential of the SYMPHONY...
GERM Project · 10. June 2019
The Project continues with DUKE ELLINGTON: On the Road in Carrolltown, Pa (1957) and at the BAL MASQUE, Miami (1958). Duke Ellington and the great musicians in his band made their living “on the road,” traveling from place to place across the country, fulfilling concert obligations and “dance gig” contracts. The latter happened one miraculous June night in 1957, 200 miles west of Philadelphia in Carrolltown, Pennsylvania. Someone had arranged for a stereo tape recording to be made as...

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