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American Classics - Herbert: Babes In Toyland, Etc


Release Date: 01/19/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559025   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc has been kicking around for a while, but the music is so delightful that I thought I’d mention it in case you missed it the first time. It consists of orchestral arrangements, mostly (it seems) original to Herbert and his circle, of most of Babes in Toyland and a “selection” from The Red Mill. Herbert was not just a master orchestrator but also was a first class tunesmith, and hearing this music is like meeting up with an old friend. Babes in Toyland actually begins with a full-blown symphonic poem, a prelude in pantomime form lasting some 15 minutes, so there really is substance here as well. The performances are lively and well-played, the sound more than acceptable. You may be very pleasantly surprised at the musical quality Read more and sophistication on offer here.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [6/2001]
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Works on This Recording

1. Babes in Toyland: Medley by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a medley which incorporates "March of the Toys," "Toyland," "Floretta," "The Moon Will Help You Out," "Jan," "Eccentric Dance," "Never Mind, Bo-Poop" and "Before and After." 
2. Babes in Toyland: Prelude by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 14 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3. Babes in Toyland: Military Ball by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4. Babes in Toyland: Act II, Finale by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5. Babes in Toyland: Toymaker and Workshop by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6. Babes in Toyland: Hang March by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
7. Babes in Toyland: Eccentric Dance by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
8. Babes in Toyland: Birth of a Butterfly by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
9. Babes in Toyland: March of the Toy Soldiers by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10. The Red Mill: Medley by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Keith Brion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1906; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1996 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Slovak Radio, Bratislava 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a medley which incorporates "In the Isle of our Dreams," "Whistle It," "Dance," "I Want You to Marry Me," "You Can Never Tell About a Woman," "The Legend of the Mill," "Good a Bye John," "For Every Day is Ladies Day for Me," "Always Go While the Goin' is Good," "Moonbeams Shining," "Because You're You," "The Streets of New York" and "Mignonette". 

Sound Samples

Babes in Toyland: Selections
Babes in Toyland: Prelude
Babes in Toyland: Military Ball
Babes in Toyland: Act II: Finale
Babes in Toyland: Toymaker and Workshop
Babes in Toyland: Hang March
Babes in Toyland: Eccentric Dance (Gavotte)
Babes in Toyland: Birth of a Butterfly
Babes in Toyland: March of the Toys
The Red Mill: Selections

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