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Friday, November 15, 2013

Dancing By The Firelight - The Keith Textor Singers

Wee Small Hours
Dancing By The Firelight
The Keith Textor Singers
Warner Bros. Records WS 1345

Why did the cover designer place the track list over the "action"? Strange cover featuring stuff poodles as the center of attention.

From the back cover: ...there is a reality and presence which the warmth of the Keith Textor Singers brings to the mood album de luxe.

A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
I Only Have Eyes For You
Moonlight Cocktail
Isn't It Romantic?
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Three O'Clock In The Morning
The Nearness Of You
Fine And Dandy
Moonlight Becomes You
Dancing By The Firelight
Wee Small Hours
Dancing On The Ceiling

Monday, November 11, 2013

Exotic Music Of Ancient China - Lui Tsun-Yuen

The Elegant Orchid - Confucius (550 B.C.)
Exotic Music Of Ancient China
Lui Tsun-Yuen Plays The Pipa And Chin
Lyrichord LL 7122

Compositions dating back to 550 B.C. but Space Age minimalist good!

From the back cover: Lui Tsun-Yuen was born of a musical family in Soochow, China. At the age of ten, he took up study of the Pipa and the Chin with the foremost masters in China and was coached by such musical scholars as Wang Yu-Ting and Hsia Pao-Shen. Equipped with a prodigious technique, Lui is a sensitive musician who is completely dedicated to his instruments. The only accomplished player an the Western countries, Lui is regarded at home, despite his youth, as one of the few great exponents of these classical instruments. Lui is also a composer and has written original compositions for the Pipa.

Lui has played Hong Kong both in recitals and in radio broadcasts. In Brazil, he was presented on T.V. by the Brazilian Ministry of Education. He also participated in the 1958 Sao Paolo Music Festival in a recital of Chinese classical music. Lui's performance was recorded by the B.B.C. for its permanent record collection.

In the U.S. he has given recitals in Carnegie Chamber Hall and many other places, hailed by both audiences and critics as a great virtuoso. Since 1961 has has been teaching Chinese music at the Institute of Ethnomusicology at The University Of California, Los Angeles.

Four Tokens Of Happiness
Spring Thoughts At Hans Palace
The Bird's Song
Sound Of The Temple
The Great Ambuscade
Yearning On River Shiang
The Flowing Streams
In Remembrance Of An Old Friend
The Elegant Orchid