Thoughts and musings about Christmas, holidays, books, music, and mental ephemera...
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The share for tonight is "Joy to the World: Music for Christmas" by Andre Kostelanetz' Orchestra and Chorus, featuring Earl Wrightson, Baritone. My record is Harmony/Columbia HS 11232, a re-release of the Columbia stereo record CS 1528. According to Tim Neely's "Goldmine Christmas Record Price Guide", this record was first released in 1959 and re-released in the 1970s.
The Kostelanetz Orchestra and Chorus perform a number of secular ("White Christmas"), spiritual ("O Come, All Ye Faithful"), and classical ("Sugar Plum Fairy Interlude") songs, and the performances are magnificent (in my humble opinion). "Sleigh Ride" is one of my favorite Christmas songs, performed in thousands of ways by thousands of artists, and here Andre Kostelanetz gives us a masterful interpretation. One of the best I've heard.
A brief technical note: most of my shares were ripped before I learned about ClickRepair, and the time just isn't there for me to re-rip (may be a future re-mastering opportunity). I did re-record this album, though, and used ClickRepair to clean it up. I'd like your feedback. I know some of my shares are a little click/noise heavy, coming from time limitations and not wanting to crank Audacity noise/click removal up too high.
I hope you enjoy Andre Kostelanetz' "Joy to the World".