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American Classics - Anderson: Orchestral Music Vol 5


Release Date: 11/18/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559382   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Kim CriswellWilliam Dazeley
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Goldilocks strikes gold. Undeservedly neglected light music.

What a pleasure to hear such jolly upbeat music. Leroy Anderson’s Goldilocks music lifts the spirits right from the start. This, the fifth album in the Naxos Anderson series, concentrates almost entirely on his music for the 1958 Broadway musical. Alas it was not a success; it expired after only 161 performances. The book took most of the blame. The show’s title Goldilocks probably didn’t help it much either and at that time there was a lot of competition on Broadway including: West Side Story, The Music Man and My Fair Lady. But Leroy Anderson’s music was mostly praised.

The Goldilocks Overture sparkles; all the excerpt numbers are little gems.
Read more ‘One Good Kiss Deserves Another’ has a winning melody. William Dazely singing nicely in the ballad style of the period and is joined by a nicely coy Kim Criswell. ‘Shall I Take My Heart and Go’ is another lovely, dreamily-romantic ballad. This number is also reprised separately as an instrumental item. These two songs alone, one feels, should have ensured the success of Goldilocks especially as presented here. But this 70+ reviewer is an unashamed romantic and a lover of the musicals of this period.

Additionally there is: ‘The Pussy Foot’, a terrific swing number that will set your feet a-tapping. The ‘Pirate Dance’ bounces cheekily along, tongue-in-cheek redolent of all those Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn swashbucklers of that period. The droll ‘Who’s Been Sitting in My Chair’ is quite unlike Eric Coates’s Three Bears, rather it begins in Old-English rustic style before developing into a burlesque-like number - apparently in the show Maggie actually dances to it with a guy in a bear suit. The memorable ‘The Lady-in-Waiting Ballet’ is a quintessential Leroy Anderson with its sweeping, swinging waltz tune. ‘The Lady in Waiting Waltz’ (played later, separately) glistens and it has witty allusions to Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel and Der Rosenkavalier. ‘The Town Maxixe’ is an easy-going number that swings along interrupted by material reminiscent of old-style madrigal tunes. ‘I Never Knew When’ is another appealing romantic ballad, but without vocals, beginning almost Arabian Nights-like before developing into smoochiness. The ‘Pyramid Dance’ is all exuberance, bouncing and rushing along, a sort of mix of Khachaturian and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Followers of the reviews of the preceding four volumes in this series will no doubt remember that Leroy Anderson arranged a number of suites of carols for different combinations of instruments - the others were for strings and brass. This collection,

for wind instruments, comprises: ‘Angels in our Fields’, ‘O Sanctissima’; ‘O come, O come Emmanuel, O come’ (an inspired little pastorale); ‘Little Children’; ‘Coventry Carol’; and ‘Patapan’.

As before Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Concert Orchestra offer polished, genial readings full of joie de vivre.

Goldilocks strikes gold. Undeservedly neglected light music.

-- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Goldilocks: Excerpt(s) by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano), William Dazeley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Notes: Tracks include:

Goldilocks Overture (original version, orchestrated by D. Ross)
Lazy Moon
Save a Kiss
The Pussy Foot
Pirate Dance
Who's Been Sitting in My Chair?
Lady in Waiting, Ballet
Shall I Take My Heart and Go?
The Town House Maxixe
I Never Know When
Pyramid Dance
Lady in Waiting, Waltz
Shall I Take My Heart (instrumental version) 

2.
Suite of Carols for Woodwind Ensemble by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Goldilocks: Overture by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  William Dazeley (Baritone), Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
4.
Goldilocks: Goldilocks by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano), William Dazeley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
5.
Goldilocks: Save a kiss by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano), William Dazeley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
6.
Goldilocks: The Pussy Foot by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano), William Dazeley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
7.
Goldilocks: Pirate Dance by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
8.
Goldilocks: Who's been sitting in my chair? by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Kim Criswell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
9.
Goldilocks: Lady in Waiting Ballet Music by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
10.
Goldilocks: Shall I take my heart and go by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  William Dazeley (Baritone)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
11.
Goldilocks: Town House Maxixe by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
12.
Goldilocks: I never know when by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
13.
Goldilocks: Pyramid Dance by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
14.
Suite of Carols: no 1, Angels in our fields by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
15.
Suite of Carols: no 2, O Sanctissima by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
16.
Suite of Carols: no 3, O come, o come Emmanuel by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
17.
Suite of Carols: no 4, O come little children by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
18.
Suite of Carols: no 5, Coventry Carol by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
19.
Suite of Carols: no 6, Patapan by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
20.
Goldilocks: Lady in Waiting Waltz by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 
21.
Goldilocks: Shall I take my Heart [instrumental] by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Marvin Ware.
Audio Producer: Neal Varley. 

Sound Samples

Goldilocks (excerpts): Overture (original version, orchestrated by D. Ross)
Goldilocks (excerpts): Lazy Moon
Goldilocks (excerpts): Save a Kiss
Goldilocks (excerpts): The Pussy Foot
Goldilocks (excerpts): Pirate Dance
Goldilocks (excerpts): Who's Been Sitting in My Chair?
Goldilocks (excerpts): Lady in Waiting, Ballet
Goldilocks (excerpts): Shall I Take My Heart and Go?
Goldilocks (excerpts): The Town House Maxixe
Goldilocks (excerpts): I Never Know When
Goldilocks (excerpts): Pyramid Dance
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): I. Angels in our Fields
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): II. O Sanctissima
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): III. O come, O come Emmanuel, O come
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): IV. Little Children
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): V. Coventry Carol
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds): VI. Patapan
Goldilocks (excerpts): Lady in Waiting, Waltz
Goldilocks (excerpts): Shall I Take My Heart (instrumental)

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