Thursday, July 2, 2009


Kostelanetz conducts a 1938 Brunswick recording of "turkey in the straw".


Kostelanetz conducts 1938 Brunswick recording of "Bugle Call rag".

Friday, December 19, 2008

Great songs of sixties
Only Mantovani comes close in defining easy listening music. Percy Faith, Ray Conniff--even Liberace--are names one naturally associates with easy listening, but they were entertainers, creators, who liked to spice things up, to toss in a surprise now and again. But Kostelanetz's goal was a pristinely perfect and consistent product, with no rough edges, no striking sounds, nothing to deter from a seamlessly smooth musical experience.