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Program 125
"Classic Beatles"


MUSIC:
Beatles: clip from the opening of Yesterday, Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet [Fanfare DFCD-6002, track 9] [under the following]

Recognize this tune? I’ll give you a hint. It is from a CD called “Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet Play the Beatles.” And another hint. This piece wasn’t written today. Well, it wasn’t written yesterday either, but that’s what it is called.

MUSIC: fades out

Hi, I’m Fred Flaxman and this is Compact Discoveries. The theme for this hour is “Classic Beatles” -- music written by the Beatles but played by classical and semi-classical ensembles.

Stay with me and we’ll listen to only four Beatles tunes, but each of those tunes will be presented in very different versions by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet, the cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the King’s Singers, the Cincinnati and Boston Pops, and, in one case, by a Chinese guitarist.

Let’s get started with that lovely guitar version of Michelle by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The guitarist is Xue Fei Yang [pronounced “Juway Fay Tahng”]. That will be followed by the same tune as interpreted by the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, then the King’s Singers, Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops, Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet, and finally Erich Kunzel conducting the Cincinnati Pops. Here then is Michelle times six.

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Michelle, performed by guitarist Xue Fei Yang [EMI Classics 9463707142 7, track 5] [3:02]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Michelle, performed by the Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Teldec 10012-2, track 7] [4:25]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Michelle, performed by the King’s Singers [EMI CDC 7 49556 2, track 17] [3:04]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Michelle, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fiedler [BMG/RCA Victor 09026-63664-2, track 12] [3:40]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Michelle, performed by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet [Fanfare DFCD-6002, track 7] [3:29]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Michelle, performed by the Cincinnati Pops, conducted by Erich Kunzel [Telarc SACD-60540, track 4] [3:26]

The famous Beatle’s tune Michelle. You heard it performed first by guitarist Xue Fei Yang [“Juway Fay Tahng”], then by the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the King’s Singers, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet, and finally Erich Kunzel with the Cincinnati Pops.

You are listening to “Classic Beatles,” our theme for this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

[optional one-minute break not counted in timing total]

Next our second famous Beatles tune of the hour: Yesterday. This time we’ll start off with Ofra Hornoy and the Orford String Quartet, then go to the King’s Singers, the Cincinatti Pops, the Berlin Philharmonic Cellists, and the Boston Pops.

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Yesterday, performed by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet [Fanfare DFCD-6002, track 9] [2:24]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Yesterday, performed by the King’s Singers [EMI CDC 7 49556 2, track 6] [2:32]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Yesterday, performed by the Cincinnati Pops, conducted by Erich Kunzel [Telarc SACD-60540, track 12] [3:39]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Yesterday, performed by the Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Teldec 10012-2, track 6] [2:46]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Yesterday, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fiedler [BMG/RCA Victor 09026-63664-2, track 11] [3:59]

John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s hit tune Yesterday, first performed by Ofra Hornoy and the Orford String Quartet, then by the King’s Singers, the Cincinatti Pops conducted by Erich Kunzel with saxophonist Chandler Webber, the Berlin Philharmonic Cellists, and the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler.

You are listening to “Classic Beatles” on this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

[another optional break not included in the total timing]

Next up is Eleanor Rigby as interpreted by Ofra Hornoy and the Orford String Quartet, the King’s Singers, and the Cincinatti Pops.

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Eleanor Rigby, performed by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet [ProArte CDD 446, track 1] [2:09]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Eleanor Rigby, performed by the King’s Singers [EMI CDC 7 49556 2, track 11] [3:04]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Eleanor Rigby, performed by the Cincinnati Pops, conducted by Erich Kunzel [Telarc SACD-60540, track 1] [3:19]

Eleanor Rigby by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I played it for you three times. First with cellist Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet from their ProArte CD called “The Beatles Book.” Then by the King’s Singers from their EMI album called “The Beatles Connection.” And finally with Erich Kunzel conducting the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra from their Telarc CD.

Incidentally, if you want to write down any of this information and I go too fast for you, you can always go to the Compact Discoveries web site and find the complete playlist there. That’s at compactdiscoveries.com.

We’ll complete this hour with three very different takes on the Beatles’ Here, There and Everywhere.

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Here, There and Everywhere, performed by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet [ProArte CDD 446, track 2] [2:35]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Here, There and Everywhere, performed by the King’s Singers [Telarc SACD-60540, track 13] [3:06]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Here, There and Everywhere, performed by the Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Teldec 10012-2, track 10] [2:22]

Here, There and Everywhere by the Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The first interpretation was by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet. Then we heard from the King’s Singers, and finally from the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
You’ve been listening to an hour of “Classic Beatles” on Compact Discoveries. This is your guide Fred Flaxman hoping that you’ve enjoyed these selections.

I want to remind you that a complete playlist with details on the recordings played during this hour is available at compactdiscoveries.com. There you will find information on every Compact Discoveries program, this being program number 125. Listener comments are always welcome there, or you can write to me at Compact Discoveries, 36 Pickens Lane, Weaverville, North Carolina 28787.

This program was supported by contributions from three very special but anonymous donors. Most of the recordings used were supplied by ArkivMusic.com, for which we are very grateful. Thanks also to Louise Barder of 21C Media Group in New York and Compact Discoveries marketing director Tana Jencks. Thanks as well to all the public radio stations that carry this program. And thank YOU for listening, and for supporting your local public radio station! I love you all!

MUSIC: Lennon/McCartney: All You Need is Love, performed by the King’s Singers with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, conducted by Erich Kunzel [Telarc SACD-60540, track 2] [fades out at 57:45]

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PROGRAM ENDS AT 58:00




 
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