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The Golden Age of Light Music

Guild 5120

The Hall of Fame - Volume 1

  • David Rose: Holiday For Strings - Morton Gould and his Orchestra
  • Vivian Ellis: Coronation Scot - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Charles Williams
  • Leroy Anderson: Serenata - Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler
  • Robert Farnon: Portrait of A Flirt - Kingsway Symphony Orchestra/Robert Farnon
  • Noel Coward: Mad About The Boy - André Kostelanetz and his Orchestra
  • Jack Strachey: In Party Mood - West End Celebrity Orchestra/Louis Voss
  • George Melachrino: Gracious Gown - Melachrino Orchestra/George Melachrino
  • H. Olsson/Percy Faith: Bubbling Over - Gardebylaten - Percy Faith and his Orchestra
  • Anthony Collins: Vanity Fair - London Promenade Orchestra/Anthony Collins
  • Albert William Ketèlbey: In A Persian Market - New Symphony Orchestra of London/Stanford Robinson
  • Franz Lehár: Vilia - Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra
  • Bernie Wayne: Brief Interlude - Music By Camarata
  • Victor Herbert: Wooden Shoes - Harry Horlick and his Orchestra
  • Percy Eastman Fletcher: My Love To You - Reginald King and his Orchestra
  • Jonny Heykens: Serenade #1 "Ständchen" - Marek Weber and his Orchestra
  • Leon Jessel: Wedding of The Rose - Ron Goodwin and his Orchestra
  • George Gershwin: An American In Paris - David Rose and his Orchestra
  • Irving Berlin: Say It Isn't So - Kingsway Promenade Orchestra/Stanley Black
  • Eric Coates: "Four Centuries" Suite: Rhythm - 20th Century - New Symphony Orchestra/Eric Coates
  • Clive Richardson:
  • Holiday Spirit - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Robert Farnon
  • Outward Bound - Queen's Hall Light Orchestra/Sidney Torch
  • London Fantasia - Columbia Light Symphony Orchestra/Charles Williams featuring Clive Richardson, piano
Guild Light Music GLCD5120 78m ADD
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Guild 5122

British Cinema & Theatre Orchestras - Volume 2

  • Ernest Bucalossi: Grasshoppers' Dance - Regal Virtuosi/Emanuel Starkey
  • Ethelbert Nevin: Narcissus from "Water Scenes" - Paramount Theatre Orchestra/Anton with Al Bollington, Organ
  • Emmanuel Chabrier: España Waltz - Charles Manning and his Granada Walthamstow Orchestra
  • Carl Woitschach: March Review Medley - London Palladium Orchestra/Richard Crean
  • M. Chapuni: Ke-Sa-Ko also known as "Japanese Intermezzo" - Commodore Grand Orchestra/Joseph Muscant
  • Lindsay: Aisha - London Palladium Orchestra/Richard Crean
  • Herman Finck: In The Shadows - Paramount Theatre Orchestra/Anton with Al Bollington, Organ
  • Leslie Stuart: Memories - London Coliseum Orchestra/Alfred Dove
  • Richard Kohn: The Fairies Gavotte - Commodore Grand Orchestra/Joseph Muscant
  • Christian Sinding: Rustle of Spring - Commodore Grand Orchestra/Joseph Muscant
  • Hesse: My Lady Dainty - Graceful Dance - Plaza Theatre Orchestra/Frank Tours
  • Cecile Chaminade: Pierrette - Plaza Theatre Orchestra/Frank Tours
  • Eric Coates: The Three Bears - A Fantasy - Plaza Theatre Orchestra/Frank Tours
  • Edward German: "Gipsy Suite Allegro "The Dance" - Plaza Theatre Orchestra/Frank Tours
  • Edward Elgar: Salut D'Amour - Paramount Theatre Orchestra/Anton with Al Bollington, Organ
  • T.W. Thurban: Yankiana - American Suite - Commodore Grand Orchestra/Harry Davidson
  • Nico Dostal: Welcome Vienna Selection - Coventry Hippodrome Orchestra/Charles Shadwell
  • Vivian Ellis: "Follow A Star - Overture - Winter Garden Theatre Orchestra/Sydney Baynes
  • Woods: "Aunt Sally Selection: You Ought To See Sally On Sunday, If I Had Napoleon's Hat, The Wind's In The West, My Wild Oat, We'll All Go Riding On A Rainbow, I Want A Fair And Square Man, Ain't She The Dainty - The Gaumont British Studio Orchestra/Louis Levy
Guild Light Music GLCD5122 77m ADD
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Guild 5123

Great Light Orchestras Salute Richard Rodgers

  • Carousel Waltz from "Carousel" - Percy Faith and his Orchestra
  • The Blue Room from "The Girl Friend" - Melachrino Strings/George Melachrino
  • Lover from "Love Me Tonight" - Dolf Van Der Linden and his Orchestra
  • Some Enchanted Evening from "South Pacific" - Mantovani and his Orchestra
  • Song of The High Seas from "Victory At Sea" television series - Wally Stott and his Orchestra
  • My Funny Valentine from "Babes In Arms" - Jackie Gleason and his Orchestra - Trumpet solo: Bobby Hackett
  • The Lady Is A Tramp from "Babes In Arms" - Kingsway Symphony Orchestra/Stanley Black
  • Falling In Love with Love from "The Boys From Syracuse" - David Rose and his Orchestra
  • Little Girl Blue from "Jumbo" - André Kostelanetz and his Orchestra
  • Surrey with The Fringe On Top from "Oklahoma!" - Morton Gould and his Orchestra
  • Beneath The Southern Cross from "Victory At Sea" - Members of NBC Symphony Orchestra/Robert Russell Bennett
  • March of The Siamese Children from "The King And I" - Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York/Richard Rodgers
  • It's Easy To Remember from "Mississippi" - Robert Farnon and his Orchestra
  • Wait Till You See Her from "By Jupiter" - aka "All's Fair" - André Kostelanetz and his Orchestra
  • It Might As Well Be Spring from "State Fair" - Kingsway Symphony Orchestra/Stanley Black
  • Down By The River from "Mississippi" - Robert Farnon and his Orchestra
  • Bewitched from "Pal Joey" - David Rose and his Orchestra
  • Spring Is Here - title song - Richard Hayman and his Orchestra Harmonica Solo: Richard Hayman
  • Guadalcanal March from "Victory at Sea" - Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra
  • "Richard Rodgers Suite": Dancing On The Ceiling, Johnny One Note, with A Song In My Heart The Girl Friend, There's A Small Hotel, Thou Swell, Little Girl Blue, Mountain Greenery, Where Or When, Here In My Arms, My Heart Stood Still, The Lady Is A Tramp - Louis Levy and his Concert Orchestra
Guild Light Music GLCD5123 78m ADD
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These three albums all signify that Guild's Light Music series is now the one to follow for lovers of this genre. The imaginative covers, profusely detailed notes and the high standard of recordings are truly a joy to behold and these discs are no exception.

'The Hall of Fame – Volume 1" includes a new innovative concept of a featured composer which in this case is Clive Richardson with the London Fantasia particularly enticing.

Other items of interest include Stanford Robinson's 'In A Persian Market' by Ketelbey, 'Portrait of a Flirt' by Robert Farnon and the final movement from the 'Four Centuries' Suite by Eric Coates.

The second volume of British Cinema and Theatre Orchestras also includes some interesting items. Pride of place must go to the 'Three Bears' Fantasy by Eric Coates or Ernest Bucalossi's 'Grasshopper's Dance'. Elgar's 'Salut d'Amor' is hauntingly beautiful in Anton's interpretation whilst an original touch may be found in Thurban's 'Yankiana' – American Suite whilst the concluding 'Aunt Sally' selection also gives one something to shout about.

Finally, there is a just tribute to the legendary Richard Rodgers with a huge number of legendary light orchestras. The classics such as the 'Carousel Waltz', 'Song of the High Seas', 'March of the Siamese Children', 'Guadalcanal March' and the concluding Richard Rodgers Suite all bring a lump to the throat as those famous melodies come to life in these long lost interpretations.

Amongst the famous orchestra conductors are Louis Levy, Stanley Black, Morton Gould, Robert Russell Bennett and the great man Rodgers himself. I really cannot translate this music into words but the whole feeling of the occasion is a magical experience.

All three CDs are profusely annotated by the indefatigable David Ades and we have now reached the 23rd issue in this magnificent Light Music series. You cannot afford to miss these issues which bring a sense of joy to any moment in life.

Copyright © 2004, Gerald Fenech

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