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The Golden Age Of Light Music - The Hall Of Fame, Vol. 3

Release Date: 04/13/2010 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 5162   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Nacio Herb BrownVictor HerbertRon GoodwinJosé Belmonte,   ... 
Performer:  William Hill-Bowen
Conductor:  Buddy BregmanPercy FaithDavid CarrollPhilip Green,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arthur FREED (1894 – 1973), Nacio Herb BROWN (1896 – 1964) Singin' In The Rain, arr. Conrad Salinger [3:14]
Victor HERBERT (1859 – 1924) Spanish Serenade (from 'A Suite Of Serenades') (arranged by Percy FAITH (1908 – 1976)) [2:47]
Ron GOODWIN (1925 – 2003) Lingering Lovers [2:29]
Jose BELMONTE (pseudonym for Philip GREEN (1911 – 1982)) Ecstasy [2:29]
Ernesto LECUONA (1895 – 1963) Love And The World Loves With You (Amor Que Bonito) [1:49]
Duke ELLINGTON (1899 – 1974) Solitude (arranged by Morton GOULD
Read more (1913 – 1996)) [3:31]
Nelson RIDDLE (1921 – 1985), Leland GILLETTE, Sid WAYNE (1922/1991) Easter Isle [2:41]
Hugo WINTERHALTER (1909 – 1973) La Muñeca Española (The Spanish Doll) [2:59]
Johnny MERCER (1909 – 1976) Dream [2:40]
Guy LUYPAERTS Vivre (Love Of My Life) (arranged by Ray MARTIN (1918 – 1988)) [2:10]
Franz LEHÁR (1870 – 1948) The Merry Widow Waltz (1905) [2:14]
Charles WILLIAMS (1893 – 1978) Devil's Galop (1948) [2:48]
Robert FARNON (1917 – 2005) Jumping Bean (1947) [2:07]
Robert KATSCHER, Buddy de SYLVA (1895 – 1950) When Day Is Done [3:17]
Sidney TORCH (pseudonym for Sidney TORCHINSKY (1908 – 1990)) Shooting Star [2:26]
Ronald BINGE (1910–1979) Elizabethan Serenade [2:50]
WILDMAN Crazy Violins [2:36]
J L MOLLOY The Kerry Dance (arranged by Angela MORLEY (at that time known as Wally STOTT)) (1924 - 2009)) [4:15]
Robert Craig WRIGHT (1914 – 2005), George FORREST (1915 – 1999) Bubble, Bubble, Bubble (Pink Champagne) [2:32]
David ROSE (1910 – 1990) March Of The Pretzels [2:48]
Eric COATES (1886 – 1957) Music Everywhere (Rediffusion March) [2:55]
Reginald KING (1904 – 1991) Theme from 'Runnymede Rhapsody' [4:06]
Robert FARNON My Song of Spring (from 'London Melody') (also known as Sophistication Waltz) [3:02]
George MELACHRINO (1909 – 1965) Winter Sunshine [2:51]
Virgilio PANZUTI Aprite Le Finestre (Open the Windows) [2:35]
Richard ADDINSELL (1904 – 1977) Warsaw Concerto (Dangerous Moonlight) (1941) [6:39]
DAVID CARROLL (Ron Goodwin), PERCY FAITH (Victor Herbert), MORTON GOULD (Duke Ellington), PHILIP GREEN (Jose Belmonte), RICHARD HAYMAN (Ernesto Lecuona), FREDDY MARTIN (Franz Lehár), RAY MARTIN (Guy Luypaerts), HENRI RENÉ (Wright and Forrest), NELSON RIDDLE (Easter Isle), DAVID ROSE (David Rose), BILLY VAUGHN (Johnny Mercer), HUGO WINTERHALTER (Winterhalter), all conducting “his” Orchestra; CHARLES WILLIAMS (Devil's Galop), RON GOODWIN (Ronald Binge), both with His Concert Orchestra; ALBERT SANDLER AND HIS PALM COURT ORCHESTRA (When Day Is Done); HELMUT ZACHARIAS AND HIS MAGIC VIOLINS (Wildman); CONRAD SALINGER ORCHESTRA/BUDDY BREGMAN (Singin' In The Rain), KINGSWAY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA/ROBERT FARNON (Robert Farnon), THE MELACHRINO ORCHESTRA/GEORGE MELACHRINO (Farnon and Melachrino) with WILLIAM HILL-BOWEN (Reginald King and Richard Addinsell), QUEEN'S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA/ERIC COATES (Coates), QUEEN'S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA/SIDNEY TORCH (Sidney Torch), San Remo Festival Orchestra/GEORGE MELACHRINO (Panzuti), THE TIP TOP TUNES ORCHESTRA/GERALDO (The Kerry Dance)

Yet another success for a series which I cannot praise too highly.

This is a real winner, from first track – a very breezy instrumental version of Freed and Brown’s famous 1929 song, which gave the title to the 1952 film – to last – a rather studied performance of Richard Addinsell’s wonderful Warsaw Concerto, which is perhaps more Melachrino than Addinsell, but who cares? In between comes a wealth of riches.
Lingering Lovers is a nice bit of 1950s mood music, very jaunty and easy-going, a kind of common man version of The Boulevardier! I especially love the interjections from an accordion. However, Ecstasy has nothing to do with sex, it’s a tango in strict time and strangely asexual! How odd for this most overt of dances! Love And The World Loves With You is a real hoot for it steals a riff from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, and entwines it with the tune. Whoever made this arrangement is a genius, for his humour and his skill in making it work. And it is far too short!
Morton Gould’s arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Solitude is part Delius, part Starlight Strings and it’s a sumptuous smoochfest for all concerned. I love it! Nelson Riddle’s Easter Isle is the perfect work, being gentle and sheerly delightful. More sultry nights under the stars with Hugo Winterhalter’s La Muñeca Española, which is full of exotic percussion. The Merry Widow Waltz is given in a salon arrangement, and it lacks the swing which is essential to a waltz – this is one of the few miscalculations of this excellent series for this is the muzak version of Lehár’s famous tune and it has no place here for it is banal and lacks subtlety.
Robert Karscher’s When Day Is Done is delightful, a beautiful tune, underplayed and without any overt emotion troweled onto it. Sidney Torch’s Shooting Star and Wildman’s Crazy Violins are perfect examples of a certain kind of light music where the string section is featured. Wildman’s piece also contains a great solo for cowboy fiddle. The much missed Angela Morley gives us a swing version of The Kerry Dance and very refreshing it is. Wright and Forrest are best known as the creators of Kismet – indeed, they made so many shows from the music of other composers that I once read a description of them as musical grave-robbers! Bubble, Bubble, Bubble (Pink Champagne) is a lovely piece of pizzicato scherzo, but what it has to do with champagne is beyond me. It does, however, have a tune which really fizzes – perhaps that’s the connection. It’s followed by David Rose’s March Of The Pretzels, which certainly wouldn’t go down well with a glass of the vintage stuff but which is so hilarious as to make one laugh out loud.
The three best known pieces here - Charles Williams’s Devil's Galop, Robert Farnon’s Jumping Bean and Ronald Binge’s Elizabethan Serenade – are all given authoritative performances. It is said that a true intellectual is one who can hear the galop from the William Tell Overture without thinking of The Lone Ranger. I wonder if the same could be said of someone who hears The Devil’s Galop and doesn’t think of Dick Barton, Special Agent? I can’t. Eric Coates’s Music Everywhere is one of his typical bright and breezy marches which brings the first part of the recital to a close.
The remaining five tracks pay tribute to George Melachrino. William Hill–Bowen is a much restrained soloist in Reginald King’s Theme from Runnymede Rhapsody, and it’s a very lovely pastorale. The quality of Robert Farnon’s My Song Of Spring is without question and this arrangement by Melachrino is perfect. Here is an urban, English, waltz! His own Winter Sunshine is a quick study with a golden central section. Aprite Le Finestre is a flirty piece of work and I wonder if anyone remembers that it was the Italian entry in the 1956 Eurovision Song Contest, where it was performed by Franca Raimondi?
All in all, yet another success for a series which I cannot praise too highly. The transfers are good, if at times a bit hard-pressed, I suppose that this is because the stereo sound on these early LPs wasn’t as good, and smooth, as it subsequently became. But this is a small point and if you turn the volume control down a little all is well. The notes, as usual, are helpful, and the presentation is excellent.

-- Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Singin' in the Rain, song (from "Hollywood Review of 1929") by Nacio Herb Brown
Conductor:  Buddy Bregman
Period: Modern 
Written: 1929 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
A Suite of Serenades: Spanish Serenade by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Percy Faith
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1924 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Lingering Lovers, for pops orchestra by Ron Goodwin
Conductor:  David Carroll
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Ecstasy Tango, for pops orchestra by José Belmonte
Conductor:  Philip Green
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Amor que bonito (Love and the World Loves with You), song by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Richard Hayman
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Solitude by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Easter Isle, for pops orchestra by Lee Gillette
Conductor:  Nelson Riddle
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
La muñeca española (The Spanish Doll), for pops orchestra by Hugo Winterhalter
Conductor:  Hugo Winterhalter
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Dream (When You're Feeling Blue) by Johnny Mercer
Conductor:  Billy Vaughn
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Vivre (Love of My Life), song by Guy Luypaerts
Conductor:  Ray Martin
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Die lustige Witwe: Waltz by Franz Lehár
Conductor:  Freddy Martin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
The devil's galop (Dick Barton theme) by Charles Williams
Conductor:  Charles Williams
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Jumping bean by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
When the day is done by Robert Katscher
Conductor:  Albert Sandler
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Shooting Star by Sidney Torch
Conductor:  Sidney Torch
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Crazy Violins, for string orchestra by Charles Wildman
Conductor:  Helmut Zacharias
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Kerry Dance by James L. Molloy
Conductor:  Geraldo Band] [Dance
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Bubble, Bubble, Bubble [Pink Champagne] by George Forrest
Conductor:  Henri René
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
March of the Pretzels, for pops orchestra by David Rose
Conductor:  David Rose
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Music Everywhere "Rediffusion March" by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Eric Coates
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Theme from Runnymede Rhapsody by Reginald King
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
My Song Of Spring by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Winter Sunshine by George Melachrino
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Aprite le finestre (Open the Windows), song by Virgilio Panzuti
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell
Performer:  William Hill-Bowen (Piano)
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Elizabethan Serenade by Ronald Binge
Conductor:  Ron Goodwin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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