When a Guild Golden Age of Light Music CD provokes a strong reaction from buyers asking for more, it is inevitable that another similar collection will eventually appear. In the case of ''Light Music While You Work'' this is the third compilation from the Decca series of 78s issued in the 1940s, providing a companion volume to GLCD5128 and 5137. These recordings were issued in response to a need for enjoyable, yet undemanding, music to be played over loudspeakers to factory workers, especially those directly involved in the war effort such as the manufacture of munitions. On 23 June 1940 the BBC broadcast the first ''Music While You Work'', and such was its popularity that it continued for decades long after hostilities had ceased. DeccaRead more used conductors like Reginald Burston, Harold Collins, Richard Crean, Harry Davidson, Wynford Reynolds, Harry Fryer and Ronnie Munro for these now very rare recordings which could be used when the BBC was not broadcasting light music. Read less
Works on This Recording
Fairy on the Clockby Montague Ewing Conductor:
Period: Modern Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs.
Mon rêve, Op. 151by Emil Waldteufel Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: by 1877; Paris, France Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs.
Carmen: Grand Marchby Georges Bizet Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1873-1874; France Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs.
Gold und Silber, Op. 79by Franz Lehár Conductor:
Period: Romantic Written: 1902; Vienna, Austria Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A bit mixed -May 8, 2015By David L. (Winchester, VA)See All My Reviews"Content is appropriate for the workplace; remastering is, to my ear, quite good : no 78 hiss, and instrumental sounds are true. The level of musical inspiration is variable - as one would expect it to be, this being, after all, light music. I compose, and find I enjoy light music more when I can pull my head out of the major composers. That said, I would recommend this disc, and any of the other seven I've bought, to anyone interested in the repertoire."Report Abuse
Still not arrived!November 20, 2012By GLEN ADAMS (Oakham, Rutland)See All My Reviews"Alas, the CD has still not arrived (over six weeks since ordered) so cannot write a review."Report Abuse