Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Fred Waring, Part 3: Two glee-club-less classics

Here are two early-'40s Waring sides featuring the orchestra by itself--both are superb examples of WWII-era easy listening. We'll Always Be Apart is based on Dark Eyes, and Scheherazade is based on... Scheherazade. (That was easy.) Waring in Whiteman mode, with the kind of lavish easy this blogger lives to hear.

I have no idea, by the way, what I just typed. Anyway, here's a Ray Harrington arrangement to weep over. I mean, die over. I mean, to die for. Not likely to show up on any Happy Hits-type compilations now or in the future.

We'll Always Be Apart, Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, 1942. (Arr: Ray Harrington)

And here's Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, as skillfully scored by Harry (The Little Drummer Boy) Simeone.

Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov), Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, 1942. (Arr: Harry Simeone)

Spell Check had a fit with this entry. Sorry, S.C....



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