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Joshua Rifkin Presents Wildflowers

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Judy Collins' 1967 album "Wildflowers" is a lovely collection of thoughtful songs sung beautifully to inventive, timeless orchestral arrangements. There hasn't been another album quite like it, before or since. Joshua Rifkin, who created the sensitive arrangements for "Wildflowers," and conducted the recording, joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to tell of his experiences helping to make this timeless album at age 23. We learn how he was at first stuck for ideas, and how at a convivial California lunch of wine and Collin's Beef Stroganoff, inspiration suddenly struck. Rifkin shares insights about a few specific arrangements, and we learn a bit about Rifkin's own diverse career as a member of The Even Dozen Jug Band, arranger of "The Baroque Beatles Book," catalyst for the revival of interest in composer Scott Joplin, and Rifkin's life-long involvement with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Judy Collins Presents Wildflowers

Sunday, October 28, 2012

 

Judy Collins joins David Garland to talk about her landmark album "Wildflowers." In 1967 singer Judy Collins wanted to make an album that would take her and her listeners to new musical territory. Collins' earliest albums (her first was released in 1961) featured traditional American folk songs, but she was starting to sing a more adventurous, eclectic array of material. Her album "Wildflowers" featured music by two remarkable songwriters who hadn't yet had much exposure: Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. And Collins' own remarkable songs were first heard on the album. 
The orchestrations provided by Joshua Rifkin give the album a timeless quality, and even though "Wildflowers" yielded a hit song in "Both Sides Now," the album as a whole is just as daring and romantic as Collins intended it to be. In this show Judy Collins reflects on the experience of making "Wildflowers," and presents some of its exquisite songs.

 

Judy Collins joins David Garland to talk about her landmark album "Wildflowers." In 1967 singer Judy Collins wanted to make an album that would take her and her listeners to new musical territory. "Wildflowers" featured music by two remarkable songwriters who hadn't yet had much exposure: Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, plus Collins' own first remarkable songs. The album is still just as daring and romantic as Collins intended it to be.

 

 

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