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The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Art Of The Arranger, Vol. 1

Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 5188   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jacques OffenbachCon ConradFrederick LoeweRay Henderson,   ... 
Performer:  Jack Laroque
Conductor:  Hal MooneyBuddy BregmanCyril OrnadelMorton Gould,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though the word is freighted with ambiguity, the ‘arranger’ has long been revered for the palettes he (or she) can extract from a song. In fact in the last track on this first disc devoted to the art of the arranger, a promotional interview between Percy Faith and Goddard Lieberson, Faith discusses his arrangement of the preceding track, Temptation, and makes the point that he considers what he did with the song not merely ‘arrangement’ but more ‘creation’. He voices what I suppose must be a prevalent objection; namely the somewhat slighting nature of.his calling. In fact, though very genial, one feels him inwardly bristling at the imputation that he merely ‘arranged’ the song when in fact he effectively clothed it, shod it, fed Read more it, and sent it out on its way in the world. The inclusion of this spoken track is very unusual in this series but I, for one, found it fascinating to hear. It was recorded, as was the song, in 1960.
That is the cut-off date for this album. The earliest track is Eric Coates’ Symphonic Rhapsody in 1930, and then we go forward to Sidney Torch’s Destiny, cut in 1947 for Parlophone. Between 1930 and 1960 one hears a lexicon of the arranger’s art – for so we must call it. There’s the helter skelter vivacity of Hal Mooney’s work on the Can Can – new wine, old bottle – or the de luxe orchestration from Conrad Salinger for The Continental. One might have predicted that Morton Gould would have come up with something bold and brilliant on Birth of the Blues – and he doesn’t disappoint, whilst Ron Goodwin deals appositely with the exotica of Windows of the East.
When things go wrong, though, boy do they go wrong. My One and Only Love (RCA, 1959) is not Henry Mancini’s finest hour – it’s three minutes of misery, with a horrible brass solo to get things underway. Just what was on Mancini’s mind? It’s better even to listen to the slinky ‘mood music’ palaver of Les Baxter’s Taboo and better still to encounter David Rose’s fast and gutsy, though not especially idiomatic, Old Man River.
A much more sensitive arrangement comes from Nelson Riddle in the case of Please Be Kind, with its lovely clarinet solo and refined textures. Monty Kelly arranges Willingly in the spirit intended – it’s a naughty song, naughtily arranged. Frank Cordell’s Summertime takes a while to settle down but works reasonably well but you need to wait for Farnon’s Shenandoah to hear a really fine piece of work. This is a mini tone poem, a filmic gem, with craggy rock-faces and gleaming vistas, imbued with all Farnon’s genius for colour and richness and refinement. Make for this track without delay. There’s plenty of fun from the always dependable Group-Forty Orchestra in The Irish Washerwoman (KPM 1960).
As ever there is variety in time, place, mood, composers, arrangers and ensembles from Guild.
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

Orphée aux enfers: Can-can by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Hal Mooney
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858/1874; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
The Continental (from The Gay Divorcée) by Con Conrad
Conductor:  Buddy Bregman
Period: Modern 
Written: circa 1934 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Brigadoon: Almost like being in love by Frederick Loewe
Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Birth of the Blues, song by Ray Henderson
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Period: Modern 
Written: 1926 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Windows of the East, song (a.k.a. "Ya Mayla") by Elias Rahbani
Conductor:  Ron Goodwin
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
London by Night by Caroll Coates
Conductor:  Angela Morley
Written: 1929 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Clopin, Clopant (for the revue "Latin Quarter") by Bruno Coquatrix
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
My One and Only Love, song by Guy Wood
Conductor:  Henry Mancini
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Tabu (Taboo) by Margarita Lecuona
Conductor:  Les Baxter
Period: Modern 
Written: 1941 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
The Thrill Is Gone by Lew Brown
Conductor:  Gordon Jenkins
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Show Boat: Ol' Man River by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  David Rose
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Please Be Kind by Sammy Cahn
Conductor:  Nelson Riddle
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Te quiero dijiste (Magic is the Moonlight), song by Carlos Julio Ramírez
Conductor:  Mario Ruiz Armengol
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Mélodie perdue, for pops orchestra (a.k.a. "Willingly") by Carl Sigman
Conductor:  Monty Kelly
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Jack Laroque (Violin)
Conductor:  Frank Cordell
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Music in the Air: The Song is You by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  Paul Weston
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Shenandoah by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Written: USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Destiny, waltz by Sydney Baynes
Conductor:  Sidney Torch
Period: Modern 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
The Irish Washerwoman Jig by Traditional
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Ireland 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
With a Song in my Heart, Symphonic Rhapsody (after Richard Rogers) by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Eric Coates
Period: Modern 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Temptation by Nacio Herb Brown
Conductor:  Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Percy Faith discusses his arrangement of "Temptation" by Spoken Word
Period: Modern 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 

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