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British Light Music - Robert Farnon / Adrian Leaper


Release Date: 12/17/1992 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223401   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The idea of a Czech orchestra tackling such essentially British light music classics probably sounds somewhat incongruous and yet from the very first track on the Marco Polo disc (Portrait of a Flirt) they prove themselves to be unquestionably adept and idiomatic interpreters. Though they may falter occasionally, the carefree humour and abundant warmth that imbues these beloved musical gems is conveyed with obvious enjoyment. The success of their performance is undoubtedly due to the enthusiastic approach of conductor Adrian Leaper, who guides them through this sparkling programme with a refreshing lightness of touch and triumphantly coaxes from the string section that wonderfully velvety sheen that typifies Farnon's string writing... For Read more devotees of light music at its most captivating...the joyful Marco Polo issue is the one to go for.

-- Robert Seeley, Gramophone [9/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Portrait of a Flirt by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
2.
How Beautiful Is the Night by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: Modern 
3.
Melody fair by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4.
A la claire fontaine by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940s; England 
5.
Peanut Polka by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
6.
Impressions (3) for Orchestra: no 2, In a calm by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940s; England 
7.
Gateway to the West by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
8.
Jumping bean by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
9.
Pictures in the fire by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1947; England 
10.
Little Miss Molly by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950s; England 
11.
Colditz March by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; England 
12.
A star is born by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
13.
Westminster Waltz by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
14.
Impressions (3) for Orchestra: no 3, Manhattan playboy by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
15.
Lake of the woods by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940s; England 
16.
Derby day by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950s; England 
17.
State occasion by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 

Sound Samples

Portrait of a Flirt
How Beautiful is Night
Melody Fair
A la Claire Fontaine
The Peanut Polka
3 Impressions for Orchestra: In a Calm
Gateway to the West
Jumping Bean
Pictures in the Fire
Little Miss Molly
Colditz: March: March
A Star is Born
The Westminster Waltz
3 Impressions for Orchestra: Manhattan Playboy
Lake of the Woods: Lake in the Woods
Derby Day
State Occasion

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