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Robert Farnon & His Orchestra

The Songs of Britain

  • The British Grenadiers
  • Drink to Me only with Thine eyes
  • The Lincolnshire Poacher
  • The Londoneery Air
  • Strawberry Fair
  • Annie Laurie
  • All Through the Night
  • Early One Morning

Stephen Foster Melodies

  • Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
  • Swannee River
  • Deep River
  • Camptown Races
  • Oh! Susanna
  • Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
  • Sweet and Low
  • Beautiful Dreamer
Robert Farnon Orchestra/Robert Farnon
Robert Farnon Octet
Dutton Vocalion CDLK4174 78m ADD
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From the Highlands & the Emerald Isle

  • April in Paris
  • Invitation Waltz
  • Just One of Those Things
  • Kiss Me Again
  • Shadow Waltz
  • Donkey Serenade
  • Persian Nocturne
  • The Waltzing Cat
  • Proud Canvas
  • Bird Charmer
  • Jockey on the Carousel
  • Westminster Waltz
Robert Farnon Orchestra/Robert Farnon
Dutton Vocalion CDLK4100 78m ADD
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Dutton Labs has done all light music enthusiasts incredible service with their constant issues of music from the golden days of this genre. Arguably the greatest beneficiary has been Robert Farnon with over 6 CDs to his credit on the Vocalion label.

This latest issue provides two ten inch LP's and one full length LP dating from the early 50's. 'The Songs of Britain' is vintage Farnon with those wonderful melodies from British folklore coming to life in the gorgeously orchestrated arrangements. 'The British Grenadiers' is particularly enticing and will definitely bring back many memories to those who attended Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953 for which this LP was released.

We cross over to the United States with some tasty 'Stephen Foster Melodies' and the more placid sound of the Robert Farnon Octet. The dreamy sounds of 'Deep River' and 'Sweet and Low' make for some lovely listening and the 1949/50 recording is excellent for its age.

Finally, Vocalion provide us with a delightful selection of vintage melodies from Farnon's exhaustive orchestral output. These works have appeared many times over on various compilations but this one is one of those that demands listening as it comes from the rare early years of Farnon's career.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech