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P.D.Q. Bach in Houston:  We Have a Problem! (Acorn Media DVD AMP-8849):  A special live concert performance of P.D.Q. Bach’s greatest hits celebrating 40 years of this uniquely appealing act.  Featuring Professor Schickele with Orchestra X conducted by Peter Jacoby, this rare wide screen presentation presents the often requested New Horizons in Music Appreciation (Beethoven 5th Symphony Sportscast), the evergreen oratorio The Seasonings and perennial audience favorite Iphigenia in Brooklyn.  The latter includes, for the first time ever, the original “Trumpet Involuntary” movement, which has never been recorded on CD.

DVD bonus features include on-screen theme identifications for The “Unbegun” Symphony;  even more P.D.Q. Bach music:  the rounds Odden und Enden (many of which are also unavailable on CD);  KUHT interview with Peter Schickele;  and biographies of Peter Schickele, P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Jacoby.  The audio is available in both Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 home theater surround sound on a Region 1 (United States and Canada) DVD.
 

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Performers:

bullet Professor Peter Schickele, conductor, wine bottle, windbreaker, slide windbreaker, singist and musicological mentor
bulletOrchestra X, Peter Jacoby, Artistic Director
bulletOkay Chorale, Tom Jaber, chorusmaster
bulletWilliam Walters, Manager of the Stage
bulletGiff Nielsen, color commentator
bulletMichèle Eaton, singist
bulletDavid Düsing, singist
bulletGerrod Pagenkopf, bargain counter tenor
bulletJessica Smith, off-coloratura soprano
bulletCybele Gouverneur, mezzanine-soprano
bulletJohn Weinel, tenor profundo
bulletSam Handley, basso blotto
bulletShih-Ting Huang, violin, captain of the orchestra
bulletJaryn Philleo, oboe, double reeds
bulletMelanie Lancon, flute, slide whistle
bulletMarat Rakhmatullaev, bassoon, tromboon
bulletCesar Martinez Bourguet, cello, discontinuo
bulletLarry Hernandez, trumpet
bulletMatt Menger, horn, shower hose in c alto
bulletPhil Moody, kazoo primo
bulletBrian Shircliffe, kazoo secundo
bulletJohn Welton, continuo accordiano
bulletLillian Copeland, Ben Kamins, double reeds
bulletPatty Moeling, slide whistle
bulletCheerleaders from the Spirit of Houston Cougar Band, themselves

 

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Program

 

[1]  “Desecration of the House” Overture
   
[2]  Schleptet in Eb major, S. 0
  Molto Larghissimo—Allegro Boffo
  Menuetto con Brio ma Senza Trio
  Adagio Saccharino
  Yehudi Menuetto
  Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio
   
[3]  Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 53,162
  I.  Trumpet Involuntary
  II.  Aria:  “When Hyperion”
  III.  Recitative:  “And Lo!”
  IV.  Ground:  “Dying”
  V.  Recitative:  “And in a vision”
  VI.  Aria:  “Running”
   
[4]  “Unbegun” Symphony (Prof. Schickele)
  III.  Minuet
  IV.  Andante—Allegro
   
[5]  New Horizons in Music Appreciation
  Allegro con brio from Symphony No. 5 in c minor (Beethoven)
[6]  Fuga Meshuga, from The Musical Sacrifice, S. 50% off
   
[7]  The Seasonings, S. 1 1/2 tsp.
  Chorus:  “Tarragon of virtue is full”
  Recitative:  “And there were in the same country”
  Duet:  “Bide thy thyme”
  Fugue
  Recitative:  “Then asked he”
  Chorale:  “By the leeks of Babylon”
  Recitative:  “Then she gave in”
  Aria:  “Open sesame seeds
  Recitative:  “So saying”
  Duet:  “Summer is a cumin seed”
  Soloists and Chorus:  “To curry favor, favor curry”
   
   
DVD Bonus Selections
   
[1] “Unbegun” Symphony with Theme Identifications
   
[2]  Odden und Enden
  The Mule
  Three-Step Crab Dinner
  O Serpent
  Johann Sebastian Bach (Prof. Schickele)
  Please, Kind Sir, from The Art of the Ground Round
   
[3]  KUHT interview with Peter Schickele
   
[4]  Bio of Peter Schickele, P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Jacoby
 
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Video Samples

Watch a promotional video containing excerpts from P.D.Q. Bach in Houston:  We Have a Problem!  This was put together by our friends at Acorn Media and is available in three different sizes, ranging from large (for people with high-speed internet access) to small (for people with a healthy fear of getting too much P.D.Q. Bach on their computer).

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Cover image, video clips and scene listings are copyright © 2006 Acorn Media Group Inc. and are used with the permission of Acorn Media.  Any other copying by other parties for other uses is not authorized.

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