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Music Aboard the Titanic Import

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  • Audio CD (April 7 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Inside Sounds
  • ASIN: B0000034DL
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1. Paddy O'Carroll
2. Leaving Queenstown
3. Oh You Beautiful Doll
4. Alexander's Ragtime Band
5. The Merry Widow: Vilia
6. Menuet
7. I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad
8. Maple Leaf Rag
9. Andante Cantabile
10. Song Without Words
11. Nocturne, Op.9, No.2
12. Blue Danube
13. Berliner Luft
14. Merry Widow Waltz - J.T. Page/Carl Wolfe/Roy Brewer/Margarita Matlin/Beth Luscombe/Ann Ray/Joe Kebschull...
15. Let Me Call You Sweetheart - J.T. Page/Carl Wolfe/Roy Brewer/Margarita Matlin/Beth Luscombe/Ann Ray/Joe Kebschull...
16. Fateful Hour
17. Nearer, My God, To Thee - J.T. Page/Carl Wolfe/Roy Brewer/Margarita Matlin/Beth Luscombe/Ann Ray/Joe Kebschull...

Product Description

Product Description

Book passage aboard the most famous shipwreck of all time with 15 songs (plus a couple of originals from conductor Carl Wolfe) straight from the White Star Orchestra songbook, performed with the same instrumentation as that ill-fated ensemble. Includes Nearer My God to Thee; Alexander's Ragtime Band; Merry Widow Waltz; Maple Leaf Rag; Andante Cantabile , and more.


It's hard not to get nostalgic listening to the selections jazz composer and musician Carl Wolf produced and arranged for Music Aboard the Titanic, a collection of mostly popular music from 1912. The strings-and-piano chamber group Wolf leads does its best to showcase the versatility of the White Star Line musicians, playing a set list that includes ragtime, light classical, and waltzes. "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Blue Danube," and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" are the best-known inclusions, all played in elegant, straightforward fashion. Songs are intelligently grouped by their presumed setting onboard the ship, with lighter tunes classified as "Luncheon: 1st Class Dining Room" and more serious fare found in "Concert in the 1st Class Lounge." Compared to the bombast of certain Titanic tributes, this collection is sublime. Just be forewarned: whether played on the Titanic or on this CD, this is largely background music. --Jason Verlinde

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4ca87a4) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa58a40fc) out of 5 stars Very good recording for the price. Aug. 15 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This recording provides a nice look into the musical trends of the upper class of early 1900s society. Although the quality of the music is certainly not that of I Salonisti, it is pleasant, clear, and relatively well-orchestrated. One of the problems with this recording, however, is that some of the pieces are not complete and/or played as they were intended to be played. The section "Dinner Dance" (tracks 12-15) includes Strauss' BLUE DANUBE; this CD's version is only a 2 1/2 minute "clip" from the original piece. Note also that -- depending on the type of audio CD player you have -- you may experience what one reviewer called "clicking" sounds. This has happend only on one CD player I have used.
Despite the minor flaws in this CD, it is definately worth the fifteen or so dollars, if you are a fan of salon-style music.
You may wish to consider the following other recordings at Amazon.com. I own all of them and am very impressed, overall:
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7db8894) out of 5 stars This 1997 CD came before the movie and it's a masterpiece... June 1 2002
By Eddie Dattel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In 1996, Carl Wolfe was commissioned to arrange music from the Titanic playlist (used by the White Star Line musicians) for the 1997 Titanic Exhibition. It is officially endorsed by the exhibition. Since its release, dozens of other CDs have followed, hoping to capitalize off of the success of the movie. Some aren't bad, but "Music Aboard The Titanic" is effective because it was written and arranged by a musician/composer who had served 20 years in the U.S. Navy as an arranger, conductor and musician. His two original pieces--"Leaving Queenstown" and "Fateful Hour"--are emotionally-charged and tie the entire work together as a concept CD. "Music Aboard The Titanic" is a real masterpiece. I should know--I was the one who commissioned Carl Wolfe for the job!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5385d98) out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but flawed Aug. 26 2003
By David Bogosian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Overall, this is an enjoyable album that is worth purchasing. The playing is refined and elegant, and it succeeds in conveying the atmosphere of a tea room or lounge on the doomed ship. But, there are a number of areas where the recording could have been improved:
- Many of the songs are represented only by the chorus, with the verses being completely absent. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", for instance, runs through the chorus 3 times, with slightly varying orchestration, but never do we hear the verse.
- The string playing is pretty poor with regard to intonation. Passages where multiple strings are (supposedly) in unison come off a little harsh. Maybe that was the authentic way string players sounded back then? Doubtful.
- The newly composed material that bookends the authentic original music is rather discordant in style. I found myself just playing the middle tracks, skipping the first and last two.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5948408) out of 5 stars Not one hundred percent authentic, but true to the time and well played May 14 2012
By Allen Smalling - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're looking for 100% authenticity as to what was played on the Titanic, this album may not be for you. The ship's eight-piece band (actually ensembles of five and three) consisted of strings and piano, but no brass -- this album has brass. But the music is tuneful, lively, and true to the spirit of the times. Like the ship, selections played are class-bound, including sentimental favorites for Second Class and a serious concert in the First Class (only) Lounge. Selections range from the hugely popular hit of 1911, "Alexander's Ragtime Band," to more thoughtful classics, like Tchaikovsky's "Andante Cantabile." Very good listening to put you in the spirit of the era, and in my opinion well worth the money.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa58dc79c) out of 5 stars The perfect atmosphere April 20 2012
By Cheryl Anne Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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Got this for a Titanic-theme dinner party to play while we dined. On the surround sound, felt like the band was there. Only thing that would have made it better would have been even more music on the CD. (The contemporary pieces at start and end were nice bookends, but not period pieces.)