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Golden Age Light Music - Joyousness - The Music Of Haydn Wood


Release Date: 07/18/2006 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 5121   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Haydn WoodCharles Marshall
Conductor:  Richard CreanPeter YorkeCharles WilliamsRobert Farnon,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Palladium OrchestraConcert OrchestraQueen's Hall Light Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music of Haydn Wood has been largely forgotten since the 1950s, before which time many pieces were regularly played alongside those of Eric Coates on the BBC Light programme. Some of the melodies linger in our minds following their use as signature tunes for ‘Down Your Way’ and other programmes of the ’seventies...

On this disc, Wood’s recipe for cheerful and bright, easily accessible music is provided in many different and original forms. The recordings span 1930-1949 and three tracks remind us of the existence of the now long-forgotten Queen’s Hall orchestra; their home bombed in the 2nd World War. After the war when the BBC grew in stature, publishers like Booseys and Chappells launched a series of ‘mood music’ records
Read more in return for payment by royalty. These would be internally provided to producers of radio, TV and film to give ready access to incidental background music in return for a royalty. Most of the ‘mood music’ recordings, rightly included here, have been generally unknown to the public.

Wood had the skill to provide styles reminiscent of popular identities: there are numbers that remind us of Edward German (Nelson’s Column, Caprice), William Walton (Torch of Freedom), and Eric Coates (Horse Guards). The Spanish idiom is well conveyed by the fast moving Seville number from his Cities of Romance suite, even if the castanets are almost lost in this recording. Roses of Picardy has a wonderfully good vocal line, which is not done justice by this decorated saxophone arrangement. The composer’s skill as an arranger can be found in his nautical rhapsody The Seafarer [tr. 6] where folk tunes are provided with interesting variations. Perhaps the most catchy is Montmartre with its contemporary Kern/Rodgers image for 1937.

Six other Haydn Wood numbers can be found on other Guild discs. The transfers from the 78 rpm originals are excellent. The booklet gives interesting and useful background information but only in English.

-- Raymond Walker, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
London Landmarks: The Horseguards, Whitehall by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; England 
2.
Moods: Concert Waltz "Joyousness" by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
3.
Famous Pictures (3): Laughing Cavalier by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4.
Longing by Haydn Wood
Conductor:  Richard Crean
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Palladium Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
5.
Roses of Picardy by Haydn Wood
Conductor:  Peter Yorke
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
6.
Cities of Romance: Seville by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
7.
The Seafarer by Haydn Wood
Conductor:  Charles Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
8.
Paris: Montmartre by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
9.
London Landmarks: Nelson's Column by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
10.
Soliloquy by Haydn Wood
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
11.
Homage March by Haydn Wood
Conductor:  Haydn Wood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Light Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; England 
12.
Bird of love divine by Haydn Wood
Conductor:  Richard Crean
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Palladium Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
13.
Frescoes: Vienna by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
14.
Mannin Veen "Dear Isle of Man" by Haydn Wood
Conductor:  Haydn Wood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Light Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; England 
15.
Moods: Caprice "Coquetry" by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
16.
London Landmarks: Tower Hill by Haydn Wood
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
17.
I hear you calling me by Charles Marshall
Conductor:  Richard Crean
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Palladium Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; England 
18.
Torch of Freedom by Haydn Wood
Conductor:  Jack Leon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
19.
Stanford Rhapsody by Haydn Wood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Debroy Somers Band Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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