Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder is an album that Frank Sinatra recorded under Columbia Records in 1939 through 1945. Chronologically, it is the second studio album released by Frank Sinatra.
The album features Sinatra conducting an orchestra to the music of, as the title suggests, Alec Wilder. Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder was initially released under Columbia in 1946 but has been followed by multiple releases in 1976 and 1995.
History[edit | edit source]
Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder is Sinatra's first hand at conducting music. One arbitrary note about this album, is that regardless of Sinatra not able to read sheet music and having never conducted before, Sinatra aspired to learn how to play this music. Sinatra, in his beginnings as a singer, enjoyed listening to the songs of Alec Wilder while hanging around backstage at clubs or theatres, and eventually decided that that would be the basis for his initial conducting album.
Recording dates[edit | edit source]
- Tracks 1, 2 and 3 were recorded December 5, 1945.
- Tracks 4, 5 and 6 were recorded December 10, 1945.
- Tracks 7 was recorded March 31, 1939.
- Tracks 8 and 9 were recorded June 13, 1939.
- Tracks 10, 11 and 13 were recorded July 17, 1940.
- Tracks 12 was recorded August 7, 1940.
Track listing[edit | edit source]
- All songs initially composed and written by Alec Wilder.
- "Air for Oboe" (Soloist, Mitch Miller) – 3:35
- "Air for Bassoon" (Soloist, Harold Goltzer) – 4:34
- "Air for Flute" (Soloist, Julius Baker) – 4:33
- "Air for English Horn" (Soloist, Mitch Miller) – 3:57
- "Slow Dance" – 4:06
- "Theme and Variations" – 4:11
- "Such a Tender Night" – 3:05
- "She'll Be Seven in May" – 2:59
- "It's Silk, Feel It!" – 2:31
- "Seldon the Sun" – 3:16
- "Her Old Man Was Suspicious" – 2:24
- "His First Long Pants" – 2:37
- "Pieces of Eight" – 2:26
Reception[edit | edit source]
Richard S. Ginell of Allmusic enjoyed the album. Ginell claimed that Sinatra's "baton technique was no worse than those of most of the great arrangers he employed," and that the selections of the album "are lovely, wistful pieces that fall in between the cracks of classical music." The album scored a four out of five stars.
Personnel[edit | edit source]
|Frank Carroll||Unknown Contributor Role|
|Jimmy Carroll||Unknown Contributor Role|
|Columbia String Orchestra||Orchestra|
|Walter Gross||Unknown Contributor Role|
|Goddard Lieberson||Liner Notes|
|Reggie Merrill||Unknown Contributor Role|
|Mitch Miller||Guest Artist, Horn (English), Oboe|
|Nuncio "Toots" Mondello||Unknown Contributor Role|
|Eddie Powell||Unknown Contributor Role|
|Frank Sinatra||Conductor, Primary Artist, Vocals|
|Alec Wilder||Composer, Ensemble|
|Alec Wilder Octet||Primary Artist|
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