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Fennell Conducts the Music of Leroy Anderson


Release Date: 09/22/1994 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 432013   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Frederick FennellGervase de Peyer
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester PopsOrchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


"Sentimentality, romance, and a sense of humor--all of these things characterized Leroy Anderson's music, attributes that somehow went missing from much of American classical symphonic repertoire during the '50s, '60s, and '70s (except for Bernstein and a few others). And although there's always an important and enduring place for the more profound, timeless works, there's also one for music that immediately recalls the sound and sensibility of a period and effectively captures its popular mood. Anderson's music did exactly that, and if you don't respond with smiles and toe-tapping enthusiasm when you hear Horse & Buggy, Blue Tango, Summer Skies, The Girl in Satin, China Doll, or Serenata,
Read more then you are probably beyond the reach of this light-hearted but seriously entertaining fare, and are sadly disconnected from the schmaltz and slightly tacky but still delightful pleasure of The Waltzing Cat and such classics as The Typewriter, Fiddle-Faddle, The Syncopated Clock, and the still wildly popular Sleigh Ride.

Although the Boston Pops pretty much owned many of these pieces, Frederick Fennell and his Eastman-Rochester Pops (and unnamed London orchestra that plays on nearly half of these 23 tracks) did a more than respectable job, enhanced by the unsurpassed audio engineering of the Mercury Living Presence team--Wilma Cozart, Harold Lawrence, and C. Robert Fine...A treasure! [12/9/2005]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com [Reviewing SACD version]
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Works on This Recording

1. Belle of the Ball by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2. Horse and Buggy by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3. The Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4. Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
5. Summer Skies by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6. Song of the Bells by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7. The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Frederick Fennell (Typewriter)
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
8. Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9. Girl in Satin by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
10. China Doll by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
11. Saraband by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
12. Fiddle Faddle by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
13. Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Date of Recording: 10/25/1956 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14. Serenata by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1956 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
15. Promenade by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
16. Chicken Reel by Leroy Anderson
Performer:  Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
17. Phantom Regiment by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
18. Jazz Legato by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
19. Jazz Pizzicato by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
20. Plink, Plank, Plunk! by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
21. Scottish Suite: Blue Bells of Scotland by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
22. The First Day of Spring by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
23. Song of Jupiter by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1964 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Horse and Buggy
The Girl in Satin

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Great one-disc anthology of his short pieces August 29, 2013 By R Gregory C (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "I agree with the Classics Today reviewer that this disc outclasses the one by Fiedler and the Boston Pops, though their RCA reissue gave the pleasure of Al Hirt and two other trumpeters acing Bugler's Holiday. My own favorite Anderson miniature, Forgotten Dreams, didn't make the cut here, but I have it on the old MCA 2-CD set with the composer conducting. Again, though, this disc has more polished sound engineering, so I'll likely listen to it more often. The CT reviewer mentions the "unnamed orchestra" on half the tracks here, but the obvious explanation is that Fennell or his producers managed to contract a spiffy group of freelancers for those sessions. Such are the talents of well-trained musicians -- they often can coalesce into a wonderful ensemble." Report Abuse
 All the favorites November 19, 2012 By Susan R. (Rhinebeck, NY) See All My Reviews "A sentimental journey down memory lane to when times were more innocent and inventive." Report Abuse
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