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The Golden Age Of Light Music: Continental Flavour, Vol. 2

Continental Flavour 2 / Various
Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 5190   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Roger RogerBelle FenstockGerhard WinklerGérard Calvi,   ... 
Performer:  Sixten Strömvall
Conductor:  Roger RogerWerner MullerHans-Georg ArltGérard Calvi,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 2 of Guild’s Continental Flavour marquee changes emphasis by giving us music wholly performed by European orchestras, whereas the first volume had served up picture postcard evocations. The recordings range in date from 1930 to 1961. The earliest is The Little Goblin performed by Frederick Hippmann and his Künstler Orchestra on a 1930 Odeon whilst Roger Roger, omnipresent in this series and indeed the genre, presents City Movement in 1961. In between there are some interesting and even intriguing items. Whilst I didn’t find the average level of excellence, both instrumentally and melodically, as high as it often is, the relative rarity of some of these items should make up for that particular, and Read more rather personal, disappointment.
 
Roger Roger’s piece, composed by himself and played by his crack Champs Elysées Orchestra on Chappell, is zippy but suffers from a surfeit of Gershwinisms. Rather better is Hans Georg Arlt’s evocative performance of So wird's nie wieder sein (Now It's Never Going to Be) on a 1959 Ariola LP. We can appreciate the circus-styled flair of Gérard Calvi’s La polka des menottes (Polka of the Handcuffed Men) and the out-of-kilter carousel presented by the witty Arlt in Das Karussell, das dreht sich immer rundherum. If you wanted to experience Helmut Zacharias at full force (not everyone does) then there’s some meaty-toned solo violin (read: queasy) in Paris Palace Hotel. For a better example of solo violin playing turn to Sixten Stromvall’s work on Till Margareta on an HMV. The orchestra is that of Ake Jelving, himself a fine fiddler. Cedric Dumont turns out a very nice performance of Ferry Boat Serenade, and then we have a sequence of pre-war recordings amongst which we can admire von Geczy’s exciting Tango Bolero and one of Marek Weber’s London sides in his Johann Strauss II waltz.
 
The notes and transfers are very good. So there is variety from either side of the war, in good performances. Some, as previously admitted, I found rather lackadaisical and lacking fire. You need to pick and choose in this compilation.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

Track-Listing

 
Roger Roger - City Movement 2:37
Roger Roger and His Champs Elysees Orchestra
Belle Fenstock – Simonetta 2:28
Werner Müller and his orchestra
Gerhard Winkler - So wird's nie wieder sein (Now It's Never Going to Be) 2:53
Hans Georg Arlt and his orchestra
Gérard Calvi - La polka des menottes (Polka of the Handcuffed Men) 2:29
Gérard Calvi and his orchestra
Michael Jary - Das Karussell, das dreht sich immer rundherum (The Carousel Goes Round and Round) 2:18
Hans Georg Arlt and his orchestra
Franck Pourcel – Champagne 3:09
Franck Pourcel and his orchestra
Paul Durand - Paris Palace Hotel 2:46
Helmut Zacharias and his Magic Violins
André Varel - Tu t' fous de moi? (Are You Kidding Me?) 2:39
Emile Noblot and his orchestra
Raymond Scott - The Toy Trumpet 2:34
Egon Kjerrman and his orchestra
Kurt Noack -Heinzelmännchens Wachtparade (Parade of the Elves), (Swedish title: "Tomtarnas vaktparad") 3:58
Egon Kjerrman and his orchestra
John W. Bratton - Teddy Bears' Picnic 3:01
Teddy Petersen and his orchestra
Gérard Calvi - Les demons de la nuit (The Devils of the Night) 3:18
Gérard Calvi and his orchestra
Kurt Larsson - Till Margareta (To Margareta) 4:07
Ake Jelving and his orchestra
William H. Myddleton -The Phantom Brigade 3:32
Egon Kjerrman and his orchestra
Arthur Pryor - The Whistler and His Dog 2:36
Teddy Petersen and his orchestra
Kurt Larsson - Hem fran slattern (Home from the Plains) 2:29
Ake Jelving and his orchestra
Tom Wyler -Happy Time 2:08
Toni Leutwiler and his orchestra
Einar Hylin - Cupido dansar (Cupid Dances) 3:26
Ake Jelving and his orchestra
Pierre Leemans - The Extravagant Polka 3:09
Emile Deltour and his orchestra
Dolf van der Linden - Dance of the Millions 2:35
Dolf van der Linden and his Metropole Orchestra
Eldo di Lazzaro - La Piccinina (The Darling Little Girl), song (a.k.a. "Ferryboat Serenade") 2:33
Cedric Dumont and his orchestra
André Popp - Military Tango 2:53
André Popp and his orchestra
Walter Borchert - Amphitryon Waltz 2:45
Orchestre Mascotte
Juan Llossas - Tango bolero 3:12
Barnabas von Geczy and his orchestra
Willi Samariter - Der kleine Kobold (The Little Goblin) 2:33
Frederick Hippmann and his Künstler Orchestra
Johann Strauss II - Märchen aus dem Orient (Tales from the Orient), waltz for orchestra, Op. 444 [4:09]
Marek Weber and his orchestra
Ernst Fischer - Gib obacht! (Watch Out!) 2:44
Otto Dobrindt and his Piano Symphonists Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
City Movement, for pops orchestra by Roger Roger
Conductor:  Roger Roger
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Simonetta, for pops orchestra by Belle Fenstock
Conductor:  Werner Muller
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
So wird's nie wieder sein (Now It's Never Going to Be), song by Gerhard Winkler
Conductor:  Hans-Georg Arlt
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
La polka des menottes (Polka of the Handcuffed Men), for pops orchestra by Gérard Calvi
Conductor:  Gérard Calvi
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Das Karussell, das dreht sich immer rundherum (The Carousel Goes Round and Round), song by Michael Jary
Conductor:  Hans-Georg Arlt
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Champagne, for pops orchestra by Frank Pourcel
Conductor:  Frank Pourcel
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Paris Palace Hotel, for pops orchestra by Paul Durand
Conductor:  Helmut Zacharias
Period: Modern 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
Tu t' fous de moi? (Are You Kidding Me?), song by André Varel
Conductor:  Emile Noblot
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
The Toy Trumpet by Raymond Scott
Conductor:  Egon Kjerrman
Period: Modern 
Written: United States of Ame 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
10.
Teddy Bears' Picnic, for orchestra by John W. Bratton
Conductor:  Teddy Petersen
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1907; United States of Ame 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
11.
Les demons de la nuit (The Devils of the Night), for pops orchestra by Gérard Calvi
Conductor:  Gérard Calvi
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12.
Till Margareta (To Margareta), for violin & pops orchestra by Kurt Larsson
Performer:  Sixten Strömvall (Violin)
Conductor:  Ake Jelving
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
The Phantom Brigade, for pops orchestra by W.H. Myddleton
Conductor:  Egon Kjerrman
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
14.
The Whistler and His Dog, caprice for band by Arthur Pryor
Conductor:  Teddy Petersen
Period: Modern 
Written: 1915 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
15.
Hem fran slattern (Home from the Plains), for pops orchestra by Kurt Larsson
Conductor:  Ake Jelving
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
16.
Happy Time by Tom Wyler
Conductor:  Toni Leutwiler
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
17.
Cupido dansar (Cupid Dances), for pops orchestra by Einar Hylin
Conductor:  Ake Jelving
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
18.
The Extravagant Polka, for pops orchestra by Pierre Leemans
Conductor:  Emile Deltour
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
19.
Dance of the Millions, for pops orchestra by Dolf van der Linden
Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
20.
La Piccinina (The Darling Little Girl), song (a.k.a. "Ferryboat Serenade") by Eldo Di Lazzaro
Conductor:  Cedric Dumont
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
21.
Military Tango, for pops orchestra by André Popp
Conductor:  André Popp
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
22.
Amphitryon Waltz, for pops orchestra by Walter Borchert
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
23.
Tango bolero, for string orchestra by Juan Llossas
Conductor:  Barnabas Von Geczy
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
24.
Der kleine Kobold (The Little Goblin), for pops orchestra by Will Samariter
Conductor:  Frederick Hippmann
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
25.
Märchen aus dem Orient, Op. 444 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Marek Weber
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
26.
Gib obacht! (Watch Out!), for pops orchestra by Ernst Fischer
Conductor:  Otto Dobrindt
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
27.
Heinzelmännchens Wachtparade (Parade of the Elves), for pops orchestra (Swedish title: "Tomtarnas va by Kurt Noack
Conductor:  Egon Kjerrman
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 

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