The April Fools

by Lynne Warfel, Minnesota Public Radio
April 1, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Discover how Spike Jones led the way for Peter Schickele's PDQ Bach, and how one of The Marx Brothers helped Allen Sherman on his way. Also appearances by Anna Russell, Flanders and Swann and, of course, The Clown Prince of Classical Music Comedy, Victor Borge.


Giocchino Rossini/Spike Jones: William Tell Overture
Spike Jones and His City Slickers/Spike Jones Murders the Classics
RCA 3235 (2:50)

Peter Schickele: New Horizons in Music Appreciation
Peter Schickele and Robert Dennis/P.D.Q.Bach On the Air
Vanguard 79268 (11:50)

Amilcare Ponchielli/Allen Sherman: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!
Allen Sherman/My Son the Greatest: The Best of Allen Sherman
Rhino 5771 (2:37)

Kurt Weill: Tchaikovsky and Other Russians
Adolph Green/Lady in the Dark
Sony 62869 (2:00)

Anna Russell: The Ring Cycle: An Analysis
Anna Russell, voice and piano/The Anna Russell Album
Sony 47252 (21:50)

Flanders and Swann and Mozart: Ill Wind
Michael Flanders and Donald Swann/At the Drop of Another Hat
Parlophone CDFSB 12 (2:45)

Victor Borge: A Mozart Opera
Victor Borge/Victor Borge: Live!
Sony 48482 (10:30)

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