January 06, 2012

Things were going well…

Writing about web page http://www.eavb.co.uk/lp/1pd24.html

… until I reached the iTunes contribution.

Whilst deleting unwanted old 128 kbps DRM'ed tracks from my iTunes library -- the ones Apple hasn't updated in the iTunes Plus service even though many are available from the iTunes Store at 256kbps -- I kept checking for the corresponding CDs on Amazon so I could rip my own Apple Lossless versions. Searching for some Scarlatti sonatas by Andreas Staier I was offered instead a CD I have hoped would someday be published.

At home I have a vinyl record collection dating back to the early '60s and in aprticular a rather obscure 10" mono single-sided Decca recording of George Malcolm playing Bach's Italian Concerto and Chromatic Fantasia on a Goff harpsichord.

So what is the big deal? It was my first purchase of classical music. Up until then I was a jazz fan and in particular I liked piano trios. Bill Grundy of Scene at 6-Thirty on Granada TV also liked piano trios and would often have one play on his current affairs programme. One such trio was that of Jacques Loussier who played jazzed up Bach (you have probably heard his music as the theme behind the Hamlet cigar adverts on TV). I particularly enjoyed the jazz versions of both of the above Bach pieces.

One day in 1966, by accident, I tuned to the Third Programme and heard the straight Bach version played by George Malcolm and was hooked and have been ever since.

I have looked in the past for digital versions of recordings by George Malcolm without success (maybe searching was less efficient then) and here was the ultimate just popping up unbidden. So I pushed the Amazon 1-click button yesterday afternoon around 3pm, and got an email from DPD this morning saying it would be delivered between 10:31 and 11:31. It arrived at 10:40 and is now in my iTunes library.

Except iTunes pulls in no information whatever about the recording so I have to type everything in by hand even though it is available in the iTunes Store for download.

I wonder if some of the other performances by Malcolm will appear? He teamed up with David Munrow to play jazz on shawm and harpsichord as well as the flight of the bumblebee.

- 2 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

  1. Jose Marques

    iTunes uses Gracenote (owned by Sony IIRC) for CD track names. The Gracenote database is crowd sourced. Likely your purchase was new to Gracenote. You can submit your entries to Gracenote using the “Advanced > Submit CD Track Names…” menu.

    06 Jan 2012, 15:07

  2. John Rawnsley

    Apple has the information in the iTunes Store, too.

    06 Jan 2012, 15:22

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