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Titanic: Music As Heard on the Fateful Voyage
Ian Whitcomb, White Star Orchestra
Titanic: Music As Heard on the Fateful Voyage
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Classic Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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British conductor, musicologist, and producer Ian Whitcomb successfully raises the dead in this re-creation of songs played on board the Titanic the night of the ship's plunge. His White Star Orchestra assumes the ghost of...  more »

      
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British conductor, musicologist, and producer Ian Whitcomb successfully raises the dead in this re-creation of songs played on board the Titanic the night of the ship's plunge. His White Star Orchestra assumes the ghost of bandleader Wallace Hartley, who entertained the White Star Line's first- and second-class passengers from the lounge and eventually atop the decks of the sinking vessel. With detailed liner notes about the music and excursion, this ear-opening collection provides pleasant and quaint parlor renditions of tunes like "Frankie and Johnny" and "Shine On Harvest Moon"--music that was still the standard when ragtime was only beginning to rankle Edwardian emotions. Whitcomb is also savvy enough to articulate the importance of these selections as musical wallpaper meant to be played behind the potted palm. --Joseph Lanza

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As it really was!
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(5 out of 5 stars)

"We love this CD! We learned more about the real Titanic music from listening to the CD and reading the booklet inside. Imagine, all those pianos on the ship. . . and a real Aolean electric organ! What a surprise to hear that authentic organ music.

The music is gentle, but some pieces are lively, as you would expect from a variety of songs intended to be background music on the ship.

One of the best pieces is the complete "Dream of Autumn," obviously the last song the band played. Imagine the wireless operator hearing them continue to play this as he floated away! Simply amazing!

A nice touch is the small bit of piano music ending the CD. You can close your eyes and imagine the ship sinking, the end of an innocent era.

Thank you Ian Whitcomb and the White Star Orchestra for an excellent job!


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