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The Golden Age of Light Music

Guild 5117

Bandstand in the Park

  • Lionel Monckton: Soldiers In The Park – BBC Wireless Military Band/Betram Walton O'Donnell
  • José Padilla: El Relicario – National Band of New Zealand/K.G.L. Smith
  • Emil Waldteufel: Acclamations Waltz – The Band of the Grenadier Guards/George Miller
  • Albert William Ketèlbey: A Japanese Carnival – Callender's Senior Band
  • Thomas Partridge: Coronation Bells – Band of the Grenadier Guards/F.J. Harris
  • Leroy Anderson: The Syncopated Clock – The Capitol Symphonic Band/Louis Castellucci
  • Nicolai Rimsky-KorsakoffDance of the Tumblers from "The Snow Maiden" – BBC Wireless Military Band/Betram Walton O'Donnell
  • Walford Davies: Royal Air Force March Past – Central Band of the Royal Air Force/Wing Commander A.E. Sims, MBE
  • Heini Kronberger/Mary Marriott: Frog King's Parade – National Band of New Zealand/K.G.L. Smith
  • Claude Debussy: Golliwog's Cakewalk from "Children's Corner" Suite – BBC Wireless Military Band/Lieutenant Betram Walton O'Donnell, MVO, ARAM
  • Rolf Kühne: Parade of the Puppets – Band of the Coldstream Guards/Major James Causley Windram
  • Eric Coates: London Bridge March – Band of HM Grenadier Guards/Captain George Miller
  • Moritz Moszowski: Malagueña from "Boabdil" – BBC Wireless Military Band/Lieutenant Betram Walton O'Donnell, MVO, ARAM (later FRAM)
  • Clarence E. Wheeler: The Little Clock On The Mantle – Characteristic Piece – Eastbourne Municipal Band/H.G. Amers
  • Carl Michael Ziehrer: Auersperg March – Deutschmeister Kapelle/Julius Herrmann
  • Ernest Caneva/Forrest McAllister: Fiesta Paso Doble – Band of the Welsh Guards/Captain F. L. Statham
  • Clare Grundman: An American Folk Rhapsody – Band of the Irish Guards
  • Jack Beaver: The Gay Cavalier – The "All Star" Concert Brass Band/Harry Mortimer, OBE
  • Kenneth Anthony Wright: Dainty Lady – Callender's Senior Band
  • Roger Barsotti: Mariquita – Royal Military School of Music/Major M. Roberts
  • Edrich Siebert: Three Jolly Sailormen – The "All Star" Concert Brass Band/Harry Mortimer, OBE
  • Archibald Joyce: Victorious – Military Waltz – Royal Military School of Music/Major M. Roberts
  • Hans Mainzer: The Merry Musicians – Band of the Queen's Royal Regiment/Roger Barsotti
  • Ronald Binge: Cornet Carillon – The "All Star" Concert Brass Band/Harry Mortimer, OBE
  • Karl Komzak: Andreas Hofer March – Deutschmeister Kapelle/Julius Herrmann
Guild Light Music GLCD5117 77m ADD
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Guild 5118

Buried Treasures

  • Rufus Isaacs: Castles In The Air – Celebrity Symphony Orchestra
  • Robert Farnon: Swing-Hoe – Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon
  • Stanford Robinson: Valse Serenade – BBC Theatre Orchestra/Stanford Robinson
  • Larry Coleman/Alfredo Corenzo: Venezuela – Wally Stott and his Orchestra
  • Ray Martin: Parlour Game – Harmonic Orchestra/Wal-Berg
  • Leroy Anderson: Penny Whistle Song – Sidney Torch & His Orchestra
  • George Melachrino: London – March – Melachrino Orchestra/George Melachrino
  • Philip Green: Rhapsody "Song of Soho" for Piano and Orchestra – Associated British Picture Corporation Orchestra/Philip Green – Pianist William Mcguffie
  • John Holliday: Dickon O'Devon – Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Charles Williams
  • Edward White: Effervescence – Dolf Van Der Linden and his Orchestra
  • Malcolm Lockyer: Pizzicato Rag – Malcolm Lockyer and his Orchestra
  • Trevor Duncan: Rhythm For Romance – New Concert Orchestra/Frederic Curzon
  • Leighton Lucas: Target For Tonight – Theme from the Film – Leighton Lucas and his Orchestra
  • Hugo de Groot: Automation – Celebrity Symphony Orchestra/Hugo De Groot
  • George Melachrino: There Is A Tavern In The Town / Juke Box Fantasy – Melachrino Orchestra/George Melachrino
  • William Hill-Bowen: The Girl From Cuba – William Hill-Bowen and his Orchestra
  • Anita Mishell: Serbian Sunset – Mischa Michaeloff and his Orchestra
  • Edward Stanley de Groot: Atlantis – Sidney Torch and his Orchestra
  • Charles Ancliffe: Secrets – Harry Davidson and his Orchestra
  • Lambert Williamson: This Is The Business – Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Sidney Torch
  • Robert Stolz: Selection of Popular Melodies – The Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich/Robert Stolz
Guild Light Music GLCD5118 78m ADD
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Guild 5119

The 1950's, Volume 3 "Say it With Music"

  • Irving Berlin: Say It with Music - Stanley Black and his Orchestra
  • Harold Arlen: That Old Black Magic - David Rose Orchestra
  • Mario Nascimbene: My Gypsy Heart / Song of the Barefoot Contessa - Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra
  • Edward White: White Wedding - New Concert Orchestra/Dolf Van Der Linden
  • Leroy Anderson: Sandpaper Ballet - Leroy Anderson and his "Pops" Concert Orchestra
  • Georges Auric: Sur Le Pavé (Pavements of Paris) - Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra
  • Richard Addinsell: Out of the Clouds - Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson With Laurie Johnson and his Orchestra
  • Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart: Manhattan - Les Baxter and his Orchestra
  • Philippe Bloch: Without My Lover - Geoff Love and his Orchestra
  • Eddie Heywood: Rainfall - Percy Faith and his Orchestra Featuring Bernie Leighton, Harpsichord
  • Roger Roger: The Toy Shop Window - Roger Roger and his Champs Elysees Orchestra
  • Barbara Perkins: Frank - Frank Perkins and his "Pops" Orchestra
  • Arend Honhoff (D. Arendo): Eleanora - Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra
  • Len Stevens: Easy Street - Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon
  • Philip Green: Wagon Trail (featured in the film "Golden Ivory") - Philip Green and his Orchestra
  • Vercolier: Starlight Lullaby - William Hill-Bowen and his Orchestra
  • Arthur Schwartz: If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You - Robert Farnon Orchestra
  • Benjamin Frankel: A Kid For Two Farthings - Wally Stott and his Orchestra
  • Clifford Curzon: Savoir Faire - New Concert Orchestra/Dolf Van Der Linden
  • George Melachrino: Waltz In Water Colours - Melachrino Orchestra/George Melachrino
  • Arden E. Clar: Port of Spain - Richard Hayman and his Orchestra
  • Oscar Straus: Waltz Dream (Ein Walzertraum) - Augmented Hamburg Radio Orchestra/Harry Hermann
  • Robert Farnon: En Route - Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon
  • Frank Cordell: Big Ben Waltz - Frank Cordell and his Orchestra
  • Dennis Berry: Holiday In Hollywood - Dolf Van Der Linden and his Metropole Orchestra
  • Jerome Kern/P.G. Wodehouse/Guy Bolton: Till The Clouds Roll By - Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
  • Joyce Cochrane: Prelude to Peace - Geraldo and his New Concert Orchestra - piano Sidney Bright
Guild Light Music GLCD5119 77m ADD
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These three CDs provide a veritable treasure of light music items that traverses a whole generation of composers and artists who were famous in their heyday but who have now long since vanished from the scene.

'Bandstand in the Park' focuses on several brass bands that almost walk past you in their ghostly uniforms with the clapping of the crowds who used to attend their vast concerts also long since vanished into lost time. Popular pieces such as the Royal Air Force March, 'Dance of the Tumblers', 'Golliwog's Cakewalk' and others mix with the unfamiliar. The bands were also stalwarts of their time and include such luminaries as the BBC Wireless Military Band, the Band of the Queen's Royal Regiment and the Central Band of the RAF. This release is very pleasant indeed and highly enjoyable especially with David Ades' excellent commentaries.

'Buried Treasures' is slightly more exotic in its content featuring a number of pieces by some obscure composers but the final collection of melodies by Robert Stolz is truly something to shout about. Other beautiful pieces include 'The Girl from Cuba', 'Secrets' and the delightful 'Pizzicato Rag' although the whole disc contains a veritable host of beauties.

'Say it With Music' recalls those nostalgic times in the 1950's when light music was in its heyday although the end was not far off. We have more familiar pieces and composers here such as Robert Farnon, Richard Rodgers, Richard Addinsell, Clifford Curzon and George Melachrino amongst others. There are some interesting films themes such as Nascimbene's 'Song of the Barefoot Contessa' which apparently was a sensation in those days. Yet another delightful collection to add to the ever growing lists of Guild's magnificent tribute to the Light Music genre.

Copyright © 2006, Gerald Fenech

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