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The Golden Age Of Light Music - Magical Melodies

Magical Melodies / Various
Release Date: 11/09/2010 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 5170   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert FarnonJoseph KuhnJosef MyrowWilly Berking,   ... 
Performer:  Dolores Ventura
Conductor:  Leslie JonesJohn Scott TrotterHans-Georg ArltBuddy Bregman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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The Golden Age of Light Music – Magical Melodies
Melody Fair [2:28]
Leslie Jones and his Orchestra
Loveliest Of The Lovely [3:53]
101 Strings/Rudolf Friml
Carnival Tango [2:38]
Dolores Ventura, piano, and the Carnaval Orchestra
Autumn Nocturne [3:44]
John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra
Warum Nur, Warum? (Why Just Why?) [2:22]
Hans Georg Arlt and his Orchestra
Long Ago And Far Away [3:39]
The Conrad Salinger Orchestra/Buddy Bregman
I've Got My Eyes On You [2:02]
Victor Silvester and his Silver Strings
Mam'selle [3:37]
John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra
Lullaby Of Broadway
Read more [2:41]
Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra
I'm Thru With Love [3:19]
Paul Weston and his Orchestra
Lovely Lady [2:36]
The Melachrino Strings/George
While We're Young [3:07]
Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra
If I Loved You [3:49]
Geoff Love and his Orchestra
Return To Paradise (film theme) [6:39]
Percy Faith and his Orchestra
Underneath Tahitian Skies [3:30]
Dolf van der Linden and his Orchestra
Too Soon [2:33]
Bruce Campbell and his Orchestra
Mine At Last [2:50]
Otto Cesana and his Orchestra
Scalinatella (Stay After School) [2:13]
Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra
Spring In Montmartre [2:26]
Mantovani and his Orchestra
Tonight [2:57]
David Carroll and his Orchestra
I'll Take Romance [2:58]
David Rose and his Orchestra
Eva Waltz [2:43]
Harry Horlick and his Orchestra (as 'Rene Savard' on disc label)
On The Isle Of May (based on the Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky's Quartet in D Major) [2:49]
Frank de Vol and his Orchestra
Without A Song [3:02]
Robert Farnon and his Orchestra
Midnight In Paris (from the film 'Here's To Romance') 2:48
Lewis Williams and his Orchestra

 
It must be getting increasingly tricky to think up new titles for Guild’s Light Music marque. This one is ‘Magical Melodies’ and whilst I can’t quite agree on the magical quality of all the selected tracks I will happily concede that a good number are magical enough to pass muster.
 
As always the compilers and programmers ensure that there is a selection of orchestras and conductors, composers and arrangers. But the astute will also note that the big name boys are here; Farnon, Mantovani, Rose, Kostelanetz, Melachrino, Chacksfield, Trotter, Weston et al.
 
Let me first extol the virtues of Rudolf Friml. The 79 year old was coaxed into the studios to record some of his pieces and we hear one example, a slow, gorgeously phrased Loveliest Of The Lovely with the orchestra known as the 101 Strings. The Dvorák pupil lavishes great affection on his engulfing opus and the rich cantilena – with so much time to breathe – is a real example of how to phrase with breadth but not to lose an underling pulse. By contrast one could also note the glutinous sax in the bluesy opus that is Autumn Nocturne.
 
I’ve never really associated Hans Georg Arlt with anything overly snazzy – in fact his performances often annoy the bejasus out of me – but Warum Nur, Warum? is, for him, quite sassy. Jolly is the word I’d employ to characterise I've Got My Eyes On You as performed by Victor Silvester and his Silver Strings – Light Music does encourage these sibilant names. By contrast Frank Chacksfield, a master of his craft, ensures that we have a retro drum-kit on hand in the period touches of Lullaby Of Broadway – here it’s 1959 going on 1927. There’s a fine arrangement of I'm Thru With Love in which Paul Weston does the honours and Kostelanetz sports some virtuosic wind players in his outing. There’s a whimsical piece of geographical programming – Return to Paradise is immediately followed by Underneath Tahitian Skies. I wish Bruce Campbell might have dispensed with insistent percussion in Too Soon, because it’s otherwise a sensitive arrangement. David Rose is typically elegant, Harry Horlick’s Eva Waltz is a bit too spick and span, but Farnon’s Without A Song is simply terrific.
 
It’s worth adding that the booklet notes are as good as ever and that the transfers are glitch-free.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Melody fair by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Leslie Jones
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2.
Carnival Tango, for pops orchestra by Joseph Kuhn
Performer:  Dolores Ventura (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Autumn Nocturne by Josef Myrow
Conductor:  John Scott Trotter
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Warum nur, warum? (Only Why, Why?), song for voice & orchestra by Willy Berking
Conductor:  Hans-Georg Arlt
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Cover Girl: Long Ago and Far Away by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  Buddy Bregman
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Broadway Melody of 1940: I've Got My Eyes on You by Cole Porter
Conductor:  Victor Silvester
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Mam'selle by Edmund Goulding
Conductor:  John Scott Trotter
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
8.
Lullaby of Broadway (for the film Gold Diggers of 1935) by Harry Warren
Conductor:  Frank Chacksfield
Period: Modern 
Written: 1935 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
9.
I'm Through With Love by Matt Malneck/ Fud Livings
Conductor:  Paul Weston
Period: Modern 
Written: 1931 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
10.
Lovely Lady by James Francis McHugh
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11.
While We're Young by Marty Palitz
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Carousel: If I loved you by Richard Rodgers
Conductor:  Geoff Love
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Return To Paradise, song by Dimitri Tiomkin
Conductor:  Percy Faith
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
14.
Underneath Tahitian Skies, for pops orchestra by Ralph Siegel
Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
15.
Too Soon, song for voice & orchestra by Robert Harris
Conductor:  Bruce Campbell
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
16.
Mine at Last, for pops orchestra by Otto Cesana
Conductor:  Otto Cesana
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
17.
Scalinatella (Stay after School), song for voice & orchestra by Giuseppe Cioffi
Conductor:  Cyril Stapleton
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
18.
Spring in Montmartre, for pops orchestra by Larry Fotine
Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
19.
Tonight, song for voice & orchestra by Dorcas Cochran
Conductor:  David Carroll
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
20.
I'll Take Romance by Ben Oakland
Conductor:  David Rose
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
21.
Eva: Wär es auch nichts als ein Augenblick by Franz Lehár
Conductor:  Harry Horlick
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
22.
On the Isle of May, for pops orchestra (based on the Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky's Quartet in by Andre Kostelanetz
Conductor:  Frank De Vol
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
23.
Great Day!: Without a song by Vincent Youmans
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
24.
Midnight In Paris by Con Conrad
Conductor:  Lewis Williams
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
25.
Loveliest of the Lovely, for pops orchestra by Rudolf Friml
Conductor:  Rudolf Friml
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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