Arias & Songs Goes to the Movies

February 24, 2018, 4:30 pm

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Larry explores the first decade of movies with sound, the “talkies,” beginning with The Blue Angel starring Marlene Dietrich and leading up to the The Wizard of OZ starring Judy Garland. Though you may know and love “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Larry also plays a song that was deleted from the final film. You’ll also hear music featuring Fred Astaire, Mae West, Bing Crosby, Jeanette MacDonald, and Nelson Eddy.


“Falling in Love Again” by Frederich Hollander from The Blue Angel (1929)
Marlene Dietrich; Frederich Hollander, piano and orchestra (Tall Poppy)

“If I Had a Talking Picture of You” by Brown‐DeSylva‐Henderson, from Sunny Side Up (1929)
Johnny Hamp and his Kentucky Serenaders (RCA)

“They Call Me Sister Honky Tonk” by DuBoise‐Ellison‐Brooks, from I’m No Angel (1933)
Mae West with orchestra (Columbia Records)

“A Fine Romance” by Jermone Kern, from Swing Time (1936)
Fred Astaire with Orchestra (Tall Poppy)

“I Love You So” by Franz Lehár, from The Merry Widow (1934)
Jeanette MacDonald; The Metro Goldwyn Studio Orchestra, Herbert Stothart, conductor (Tall Poppy)

“Rose Marie” by Rudolf Friml, from Rose Marie (1936)
Nelson Eddy with Orchestra, Nathaniel Shilkret, conductor (Tall Poppy)

“Pennies from Heaven” by Arthur Johnston, from Pennies from Heaven (1936)
Bing Crosby, Frances Langford, Louis Armstrong with Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra (Tall Poppy)

“The Jitterbug” by Harold Arlen, from The Wizard of OZ (1939)
Judy Garland and orchestra, Victor Young, conductor (Decca)