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Annunzio Paolo Mantovani

Candlelight & Favourite Melodies, Volume 3

  • Annunzio Paolo Mantovani:
  • Blue Fantasy
  • Brass Buttons
  • Candlelight
  • Lazy Gondolier
  • Lonely Ballerina
  • Longing
  • Song of Sorrento
  • Abel Baer: June Night
  • Berman/Kahn/Lewis: Ma Chère Amie
  • Bronislaw Kaper: Take My Love
  • Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: Dusk
  • Cole Porter: Begin the beguine from "Jubilee"
  • Felicien David: Reviens, reviens
  • Fotine: Spring in Montmartre
  • Franz Lehar: Waltz "Gold & Silver", Op. 79
  • Georges Auric: Heart Of Paris
  • Georges van Parys: Merry-go-round
  • Jimmy McHugh: Dream, dream, dream
  • Léo Delibes: Waltz "La source, ou Naïla"
  • Morton Gould: The Deserted Ballroom
  • Nacio Herb Brown: You Stepped Out Of A Dream
  • Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Intermezzo
  • Rossi: Stradavarius
  • Terig Tucci: Edelma
Mantovani and his Orchestra
Dutton Vocalion CDLK4136 71m ADD
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Dutton is doing Mantovani enthusiasts a sterling service by reissuing most of his material from the early 50's in several CDs that generally combine a couple of albums.

This latest offering includes some of the most favourite melodies such as 'Stradivarius', 'Gold and Silver Waltz' and the magnificent arrangement of 'Cavalleria Rusticana'. The Mantovani magic seeps through every piece, all the works are imparted that certain sensuous array of beauty that is particular to this Latin master.

The recording is quite astonishingly clear, considering that most of the recordings emanate from Decca's West Hampstead Studios from 1953-56. Everyone may have his/her own favourite but this stunningly produced double album will definitely go down a treat with all who love light music. Donald Southwall and Norbert Costello are entertaining annotators and the package carries the usual Dutton quality.

Copyright © 2002, Gerald Fenech