Royal music from 1964 revived for a new generation

lifestyle March 21, 2017 22:00

By The Nation

Anyone who missed the Valentine’s Day tribute concert featuring the compositions of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol can now enjoy a recording of the original 1964 orchestral extravaganza in Vienna that inspired it.

Their Majesties the King and Queen were on a state visit to Austria in September and October 1964 when Vienna’s Institute of Music and Arts inducted him as an honorary member in recognition of his musical achievements.

Their Majesties attended a concert by the Niederesterreichisches Tonkenstler Orchestra on October 3 that included his compositions “Falling Rain”, “Royal Guards March” and “Royal Marines March”, “Kinari Suite” and “Love at Sundown”.

And later the King, playing saxophone, joined a group of Austrian jazz musicians for a jam session at the Thai Embassy.

On February 14 this year Boon Rawd Brewery, Ovation Studio and the Culture Ministry’s Department of Cultural Promotion presented the concert “Five Decades of Royal Musical Compositions in Vienna” at the Thailand Cultural Centre. 

Hikotaro Yazaki conducted the 84-piece Pro Music Orchestra led by Tasana Nagavajara and featuring guest musicians from overseas, with soprano Monique Klongtruadroke singing “Falling Rain” and tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi performing “Love at Sundown”. 

The concert was a thrill for the capacity audience, but anyone who was unable to attend can relive the thrill of the original show in Vienna.

All of the music performed in 1964 was recorded, including the King’s jazz session, and now the audio from those events has been digitally enhanced and reissued. 

A thousand copies of a vinyl recording of the Niederesterreichisches Tonkenstler Orchestra performing in Vienna are available at Bt2,599 each. Another 2,000 copies of a CD containing that same concert as well as His Majesty’s saxophone gig at the embassy and “Kitaracha” – a documentary video about the late King’s musical talents – are available at Bt1,299 each.

All proceeds from sales go to royally sponsored charities. Find out more at (099) 058 5657.