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The Golden Age of Light Music

The 1950's Volume 2 - Midnight Matinee

  • Len Stevens: Midnight Matinee - Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon
  • Leslie Julian Jones: Postman's Knock - Wally Stott and His Orchestra
  • Bernie Wayne: The Magic Touch - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra
  • Cyril Ornadel: Moonlight Fiesta - Winifred Atwell, piano with Cyril Ornadel and His Orchestra
  • Belle Fenstock / Irving Caesar: Simonetta - Richard Hayman and His Orchestra
  • Theo Mackeben: Tales of Munich (Münchner G'Schichten) - Hamburg Radio Orchestra/Harry Hermann
  • Jack Beaver: Holiday Funfair - Dolf Van Der Linden and His Orchestra
  • Paul Dubois: Shadow Waltz - Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra
  • Bernie Wayne: Veradero - Geoff Love and His Orchestra
  • Ronnie Pleydell: On Fifth Avenue - Ronnie Pleydell and His Concert Orchestra
  • Hillier / Hillier / Newman: Boulevard Waltz - Reg Tilsley and His Orchestra
  • Laurie Johnson: Frenchman's Creek - Laurie Johnson and His Orchestra
  • Jose Belmonte: Ecstasy - Edmundo Ros and His Orchestra
  • Steggarda: Bahama Buggy Ride - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra
  • Robert Farnon: Poodle Parade - Danish State Radio Orchestra/Robert Farnon
  • Ray Martin: Ballet of the Bells - Johnny Douglas and His Orchestra
  • David Greer: A Girl Called Linda J - Jeff Morley and His Orchestra
  • Philip Green: Park Plaza (from the film) - Philip Green and The Cameo Players
  • Charles Strouse: Ditto - Michael Fredericks and His Orchestra
  • Philip Green: Follow Me Around - Dolf Van Der Linden and His Orchestra
  • Trevor Duncan: Panoramic Splendour - New Concert Orchestra/R. De Porten
  • Charles E. Henderson / Edward Heyman: Carefree - Axel Stordahl and His Orchestra
  • George Siravo: Palsy Walsy - George Siravo and His Orchestra
  • Eric Spear: Midnight Blue - Ron Goodwin and His Concert Orchestra
  • Anthony Collins: With Emma To Town - London Promenade Orchestra/Anthony Collins
  • Charles Chaplin: Limelight – Theme and Incidental Music - Wally Stott and His Orchestra
Guild Light Music GLCD5111 77m ADD
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This is another lovely collection of music coming from the vast archives of the British Light Music realm. Once again, Guild continues to put us in their debt with these wonderfully planned reissues full of the most wonderful pieces and with the splendid annotation by the indefatigable David Ades.

I have little to add to what other reviewers and my own writings have contributed to these oft recorded pieces. There are so many gems in these 76 minutes that one almost loses track of the individual items but begins hearing them as a palette of beautiful colours. Most notable amongst these pieces, one can single out Robert Farnon's 'Midnight Matinee', Anthony Collins' 'With Emma to Town' and Trevor Duncan's 'Panoramic Splendour'.

The orchestras are also excellent with some of the finest names of the 50's making their appearances. Amongst these we have Philip Green and the Cameo Players, Richard Hayman, Wally Stott and the legendary Hugo Winterhalter.

I've already mentioned the excellent notes by David Ades which truly form an integral part of this wonderful series. At this price, this is definitely an essential recommendation to all lovers of light music.

Copyright © 2005, Gerald Fenech