When I finally got my first decent stereo system (my first record player was an old wind up my aunt gave me – I kid you not) I immediately joined the RCA Victor Record club. Some of you may remember those record clubs. Every month they sent you a catalogue with featured LPs including the “Selections of the Month”. If you had not returned the enclosed card within a certain period those “selections” would appear in the mail and you were billed accordingly. Of course the allure was those 4 LPs for only 99¢ (plus postage and handling of course). Sometimes the choice was indeed choice but at other times you just knew that RCA was dumping not quite “best sellers” knowing full well that upwards of 60% of the members would forget or be late in returning the card and the bother of returning them just wasn’t worth it.
The choice of “classical” (yes dear reader even in those days I was an insufferable little snob) amongst those “4 for 99¢” offers was rather limited but I did end up with a recording that I enjoyed for many years: The Golden Age of English Lute Music with Julian Bream.
Bream was in the forefront of the nascent period-instrument movement of the 1950s but was also one of the premiere classical guitarists of the 20th century. He did much to put the spotlight on the guitar with transcriptions of 17th century music, Bach, classical Spanish compositions, and contemporary pieces written for him.
To be honest I had forgotten both Bream and that first recording and then my Facebook friend Everett posted this video last week. Here is Bream playing a piece I wasn’t familiar with: the third of Dionisio Aguado y Garcia ‘s Rondo Brilliant Op. 2. It is virtuoso playing at its highest and a reminder of one of the great musicians of the late 20th century. Many thanks for this Everett.
The word for June 3rd is:
Nas·cent /ˈnāsənt,ˈnasənt/: [adjective]
Just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.
From Latin nascentem “arising young, immature,” present participle of nasci “to be born” (Old Latin gnasci).
Early 17th century: “in the act of being born;” 1706 in the figurative sense of “beginning to exist or grow, coming into being.”