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The Golden Age Of Light Music: Strings In Rhythm

Strings In Rhythm / Various
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 5167   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Victor HerbertCole PorterGordon JenkinsLennie Hayton,   ... 
Conductor:  Percy FaithVictor SilvesterGordon JenkinsGeorge Melachrino,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A good cross-section of entertaining tunes, adeptly arranged, and played by first class orchestras.

If there’s a company that does more for Light Music than Guild then I’ve never come across it. The discs emerge forged from the Vulcan’s Forge of their endeavour, and quite a few end up on my desk. This latest doesn’t differ markedly from the others - a good cross-section of entertaining tunes, adeptly arranged by leading practitioners, and played by first class orchestras; that’s the determining series of factors.
It’s good therefore to hear the gutsy and unambiguous strains of Percy Faith essaying Victor Herbert’s Habanera, and equally so to encounter Frank Chacksfield and his snappily
Read more voiced Swinging on a Star in this Roland Shaw arrangement. Tempos and moods are cannily varied throughout the run of twenty-eight tracks, which allows, for instance, an evocative In the Heat of the Day. Greenwich Village, written by J George Johnson and played by the New World Theatre Orchestra, gets a rather blowsy work-out; the alto sax solo could do with a bit of Benny Carter, and the big chordal piano and full production work tends to grate.
No one yields to me in admiration for the great fiddle-leader Georges Boulanger and his own recordings have given me huge pleasure over the years. The poor man assuredly wouldn’t have liked what Hans Georg Arlt and his merry band of Teutons do to Da Capo. This is the kind of recording for which sea sickness tablets were invented. A phalanx of percussionists does their worst - but at least the fiddles are divided left and right, which is the least one expects given that the leader had been a pupil of that eminent violinist Max Strub.
By immediate contrast we have the alternately garish and then, much better, refined orchestration by Paul Weston who essays Kern’s In Love In Vain. Norrie Paramor and the boys knock out some cod Italiana in Sunset on the Tiber and Carmen Dragon (crazy name, crazy guy) gives us a spirited La Cumparista. These dance-patterned numbers exert quite a spell even when things are just too Technicolor for optimum pleasure. One can luxuriate in Hal Mooney’s succulent strings, indulge in the big vibrato of Helmut Zacharias and his Magic Violins, overlook the bongos in Geoff Love’s You Are My Heart's Delight (not very Tauber), and guffaw at the pure corn served up by Monty Kelly in Neapolitan Nites Mambo. There’s a tango accordion in Ray Martin’s appropriately punning Tango of Regret and a sassy version of I Got Rhythm by Kostelanetz. Farnon goes for the whizz bang in the last track, Strauss’s Fireworks Polka in Farnon’s own arrangement and with his own band - but credited to the ‘Jack Saunders Orchestra’ on the label.
The booklet notes are, as ever, assured; the sound in these 1953-59 recordings attractive.
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Natoma: Habanera by Victor Herbert
Conductor:  Percy Faith
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1911; United States of Ame 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Fifty Million Frenchmen: You do something to me by Cole Porter
Conductor:  Victor Silvester
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
In the Heat of the Day, for pops orchestra by Gordon Jenkins
Conductor:  Gordon Jenkins
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Greenwich Village, for orchestra (for the film Invitation) by Lennie Hayton
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
La Colpa Fu, for pops orchestra by Eros Sciorilli
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
In a Sentimental Mood by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  Philip Green
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Da Capo by Georges Boulanger
Conductor:  Hans-Georg Arlt
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Centennial Summer: In Love in Vain by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  Paul Weston
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
On with the Dance: Poor Little Rich Girl by Noel Coward
Conductor:  Peter Yorke
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Sunset on the Tiber, for pops orchestra by Dexter, Dave, Jr.
Conductor:  Norrie Paramor
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
Conductor:  Carmen Dragon
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Cancer, for pops orchestra (from "Musical Horoscope") by Hal Mooney
Conductor:  Hal Mooney
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Maria la O: Excerpt(s) by Ernesto Lecuona
Conductor:  Helmut Zacharias
I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams by Kay Fitch
Conductor:  Ronald Binge
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Rain by Eugene Ford
Conductor:  Nelson Riddle
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
La Cucaracha by Mexican Anonymous
Conductor:  Pepe Gonzalez
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Let's Beguine, for pops orchestra by Otto Cesana
Conductor:  Otto Cesana
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Tango of Regret, for pops orchestra by Ray Martin
Conductor:  Ray Martin
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
La Petite Gavotte, for pops orchestra by Joe Heyne
Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
El Horizonte, for pops orchestra by Agustín Lara
Conductor:  Bert Kaempfert
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
I Wished On The Moon by Ralph Rainger
Conductor:  Jackie Gleason
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Girl Crazy: I got rhythm by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Glamour, tango for pops orchestra by Jacob Gade
Conductor:  Werner Muller
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Sugar Loaf, song by James Mundell Lowe
Conductor:  David Carroll
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Feuerfest, Op. 269 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Neapolitan Nites Mambo, for pops orchestra by J.S. Zamecnik
Conductor:  Monty Kelly
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Conductor:  Geoff Love
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Swinging On A Star (used in the film "Going My Way") by James VanHeusen
Conductor:  Frank Chacksfield
Period: Modern 
Written: circa 1944 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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