The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach
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The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach (Vanguard 2-CD Set: CD-719/20 CS-719/20): Lowlights from the first four Vanguard albums:  An Evening With P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742)?, An Hysteric Return:  P.D.Q. Bach at Carnegie Hall, Report from Hoople:  P.D.Q. Bach on the Air, and P.D.Q. Bach’s Half-Act Opera, “The Stoned Guest”

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Performers

bullet Professor Peter Schickele, Hardart, Wine Bottle, windbreaker, tromboon
bullet Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jorge Mester
bullet The Royal P.D.Q. Bach Festival Orchestra, Jorge Mester, conductor
bullet The Orchestra of the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople Heavy Opera Company under the direction of John Nelson
bullet Marlene Kleinman, mezzanine soprano
bullet Lorna Haywood, off-coloratura
bullet John Ferrante, bargain counter tenor
bullet William Woolf, bass
bulletBernice, houndentenor (Dog)
bullet Will Jordan as Milton Host
bullet Bill Macy as Paul Henry Lung
bullet The Okay Chorale, John Nelson, director
bullet I Virtuosi di Hoople
bulletAmateur Musica Antiqua of Hoople
bulletRobert Dennis, announcer and callioper
bullet Ralph Froelich, French Horn
bullet Leonid Hambro, Harpsichord
bulletSeymour Platt, Trumpet Mouthpiece
 

Track Listing

Disk 1:

[1] Concerto for Horn and Hardart, S. 27 (P.D.Q. Bach)
          Allegro
          Tema con variazione
          Menuetto con Panna e Zucchero

[2] Cantata:  Iphigenia in Brooklyn, S. 53162 (P.D.Q. Bach)
          Aria
          Recitative
          Ground
          Recitative
          Aria

[3]  New Horizons in Music Appreciation:  Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony Sportscast

[4]  Schleptet in E flat Major (P.D.Q. Bach)
         Larghissimo—Allegro Boffo
         Menuetto con Brio ma senza Trio
         Adagio Saccharino
         Yehudi Menuetto
         Presto Hey Nonny Nonnio

[5]   What’s My Melodic Line?

[6]     Madrigal My bonnie lass she smelleth” from The Triumphs of Thusnelda  (P.D.Q. Bach)
         

Disk 2:

[1]    “Unbegun” Symphony (Prof. Schickele)
          IV.  Andante—Allegro

[2]   Half-Act Opera: The Stoned Guest, excerpts  (P.D.Q.  Bach)
          Introduction
          Overture
          Recitative and Aria:  “Now is the season”
          Recitative and Trio:  “I'm sure I'd be”
          Intermission Feature: Opera Whiz
          Plot Synopsis
          Finale:  “O saviour”

[3]  Fugue in C Minor, from the “Toot” Suite for Calliope Four Hands, S. 212o (P.D.Q. Bach)

[4]  Oratorio:  “The Seasonings”, S. 1 1/2 tsp.  (P.D.Q. Bach)
          Chorus:  “Tarragon of virtue is full”
          Recitative:  “And there were in the same country”
          Duet:  “Bide thy thyme”
          Recitative:  “Then asked he”
          Chorale:  “By the leeks of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept”
          Recitative:  “Then she gave in”
         Aria:  “Open sesame seeds”
          Recitative:  “So saying”
          Duet:  “Summer is a cumin seed”
          Chorus with Soloists:  “To curry favor, favor curry”

 

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Audio Samples

Listen to The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version.  This Condensed Version gives you the intangible essence of the original recording in one small, easy-to-swallow capsule summary. The hyper folks at Hearer’s Digest have created this sample by slicing, dicing, and splicing, until it somewhat resembles excerpts of the original recording that are “severely truncated, but shorter.”

The Wurst of P.D.Q. Bach:  The Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version

This Hearer’s Digest Condensed Version is made of excerpts from the following:  Schleptet in E flat Major—Introduction—“Tema con variazione” from Concerto for Horn and Hardart—Introduction—first Aria from Iphigenia in BrooklynNew Horizons in Music Appreciation—IV.  Andante–Allegro from “Unbegun” Symphony—What’s My Melodic Line?— “Open sesame seeds” from “The Seasonings”— Introduction— “Now is the season” from The Stoned Guest— “My bonnie lass she smelleth” from The Triumphs of Thusnelda.

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