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Program 126
"More Classic Beatles"


MUSIC:
Beatles: clip from the opening of Hey Jude, Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet [Pro-Arte CDD 446, track 17] [under the following]

Recognize this tune? I’ll give you a little hint. It is from a CD called “The Beatles Book” and it is performed by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet. This is a classical interpretation of Paul McCartney’s Hey Jude.

MUSIC: fades out

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

Let me tell you what’s in store in this second hour of “Classic Beatles” music. I’m going to devote more than half of the hour to a very clever compact disc called “Beatles Go Baroque.” It consists of four “Beatles Concertos Grosso,” and we’re going to sample a little bit of each of them. The first is in the style of Handel. The second is in the style of Vivaldi. And the third and fourth are in the style of J.S. Bach. They are all orchestrated and performed by Peter Breiner, using his chamber orchestra, on a Naxos CD.

After that we’ll listen to a cut from a Canadian ensemble called Les Boréades. They play their baroque version of Here Comes the Sun on period instruments.

We’ll conclude the hour with what I’ll call “Variations on Hey Jude.” We’ll hear this same Beatles tune played four times: first by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet, then by the Cincinnati Pops with the King’s Singers, then by the cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, and finally by the Boston Pops. These are the same groups I used in the first hour of “Classic Beatles,” but I didn’t have time for Hey Jude in that hour.

Let’s get started with two excerpts from the Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 1, orchestrated by Peter Breiner in the style of Handel: Honey Pie and Penny Lane. Peter Breiner conducts his Chamber Orchestra.

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Honey Pie from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 1 (in the style of Handel), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 4] [2:10]

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Penny Lane from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 1 (in the style of Handel), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 5] [3:36]

Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra performed the Beatles’ tunes Honey Pie and Penny Lane from Breiner’s Naxos CD: “Beatles Go Baroque.”

You are listening to “More Classic Beatles,” our theme for this hour of Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.
Next we’ll listen to four of the five movements of Breiner’s Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 2, in the style of Vivaldi: A Hard Day’s Night, Girl, And I Love Her, and Help. Once again, Peter Breiner conducts his Chamber Orchestra.

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: A Hard Day’s Night from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 2 (in the style of Vivaldi), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 6] [2:36]

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Girl from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 2 (in the style of Vivaldi), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 7] [2:31]

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: And I Love Her from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 2 (in the style of Vivaldi), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 8] [3:06]

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Help from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 2 (in the style of Vivaldi), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 10] [2:17]

Four Beatles tunes as arranged by Peter Breiner from his Naxos CD, “Beatles Go Baroque” -- not “Berserk,” but “Baroque.” You heard A Hard Day’s Night, Girl, And I Love Her, and Help from the Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 2, in the style of Vivaldi.

Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 3 is in the style of J.S. Bach. We’ll hear two of its six movements: Hey Jude and Yellow Submarine.

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Hey Jude from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 3 (in the style of J.S. Bach), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 15] [4:22]

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Yellow Submarine from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 3 (in the style of J.S. Bach), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 16] [1:47]

Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra performed two movements from Breiner’s clever collection of orchestrations called Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 3 (in the style of J.S. Bach). They were Hey Jude and Yellow Submarine.

We’ll conclude this part of “More Classic Beatles” on Compact Discoveries with three of the four movements from Breiner’s Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 4, which is also in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach. We’ll listen to Here Comes the Sun, Michelle, and Carry that Weight.

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Here Comes the Sun from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 4 (in the style of J.S. Bach), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 17] [1:37]

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Michelle from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 4 (in the style of J.S. Bach), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 18] [3:28]

MUSIC: Beatles/Breiner: Carry that Weight from Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 4 (in the style of J.S. Bach), performed by Peter Breiner and His Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.555010, track 20] [1:43]
Three movements from Peter Breiner’s Beatles Concerto Grosso No. 4: Here Comes the Sun, Michelle, and Carry that Weight. The orchestrations were in the style of J.S. Bach. Peter Breiner conducted His Chamber Orchestra on this Naxos release called “Beatles Go Baroque.”

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

[another optional break not included in the total timing]

Next, one more Baroque treatment of Beatles music, this time on original Baroque period instruments with Les Boréades, a Canadian ensemble conducted by native New Yorker Eric Milnes, who also does the group’s arrangements. This is the first track on their ATMA Classique CD: Here Comes the Sun.

MUSIC: Beatles: Here Comes the Sun, performed by Les Boréades [ATMA Classique ACD2 2351, track 1] [3:06]

The Beatles tune Here Comes the Sun performed by Les Boréades on an ATMA Classique Canadian CD called “Beatles Baroque.” The group was conducted by Eric Milnes, who also arranged the music.

You are listening to “More Classic Beatles” on Compact Discoveries. I’m Fred Flaxman.

We’ll conclude this hour with what I’m calling Variations on “Hey Jude.” I’m just going to play the same Beatles tune for you four times in a row, but each time it will be by a different group in a totally different classically orchestrated arrangement. First we’ll hear Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet; then the Cincinatti Pops and the King’s Singers conducted by Erich Kunzel; followed by the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and finally by the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Arthur Fiedler.

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Hey Jude, performed by Ofra Harnoy and the Orford String Quartet [ProArte CDD 446, track 17] [4:19]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Hey Jude, performed by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with the King’s Singers conducted by Erich Kunzel [Telarc SACD-60540, track 15] [6:47]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Hey Jude, performed by the Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra [Teldec 10012-2, track 12] [3:49]

MUSIC: Lennon & McCartney: Hey Jude, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Arthur Fiedler [RCA Victor 09026-63664-2, track 4] [4:31]

Hey Jude 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 Cincinatti Pops Orchestra with the King’s Singers conducted by Erich Kunzel, then from the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and finally, the Boston Pops conducted by Arthur Fiedler.

You’ve been listening to an hour of “More Classic Beatles” on Compact Discoveries. This is your guide Fred Flaxman hoping that you’ve enjoyed these selections.

This program was supported by contributions from three very special but anonymous South Florida donors. Several of the recordings used were supplied by ArkivMusic.com, for which we are very grateful. 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!

PROGRAM ENDS AT 58:00

 
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