Albert William Ketèlbey

Biography

Born: August 9, 1875; Birmingham, England    Died: November 26, 1959; Isle of Wight, England  
It is possible, if perhaps not likely, that when British composer and conductor Albert William Ketèlbey died in 1959 at the age of 84 he had somehow heard some of then-young Henry Mancini's suave music. If so, perhaps the aged Ketèlbey was able to recognize that the mid-twentieth century was getting from Mancini something quite like what his own generation got from him many years earlier: music that aims to please not through depth Read more of content, academic pretension or gritty progressivism, but by virtue of lightheartedness, charm, and thoroughly fine craftsmanship.

Ketèlbey showed remarkable musical gifts while still a young boy. There is an anecdotal tale (for once probably true!) of how 11-year-old Ketèlbey wrote and publicly performed a full-length piano sonata and received the blessing of Edward Elgar for his efforts. Two years after that he received a scholarship to Trinity College, and at 16 he was named the new organist at St. John's Church in Wimbledon. Ketèlbey took to conducting musical theater shortly before the turn of the new century, which no doubt helped redirect his compositional interests toward light music.

Over the first couple decades of the twentieth century, Ketèlbey issued a hearty stream of pseudo-programmatic orchestral works; pieces like The Phantom Melody (1912) and In a Chinese Temple Garden (1923) were very popular in their day, and earned Ketèlbey enough money to eventually purchase and retire to an estate on the Isle of Wright. He also composed a comic opera, the Wonder Workers (1900), and several "serious" concert pieces, including a String Quartet and a Concert-Piece for piano and orchestra. Ketèlbey used pseudonyms for some of his music. Read less
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Elizabethan Serenade / Various
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4725092 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell,  Kenneth Alford,  Albert William Ketèlbey,  John Lanchbery  ... 
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    Magic Boxes / Dario Muller
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7684 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Nebling,  Rudolf Friml,  H. Sousline,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  Dario Müller
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    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Merrymakers - British Light Classics
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1192 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Trevor Duncan,  Ernest Tomlinson,  Hamish McCunn  ... 
    Conductor:  Iain Sutherland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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    Organ Extravaganza! / Kevin Bowyer
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1187 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremy Nicholas,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Charles Williams,  Nigel Ogden  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
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    Silent Noon / Opera Babes
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 661403 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Roger Quilter,  John Ireland,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Karen England,  Rebecca Knight,  Janet Haney
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Babes
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  • 8.
    100 Best British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27315 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Tallis,  John Goss,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Hugh Bean,  Gerald Moore,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    50 Best British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27359 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Tallis,  John Goss,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Williamson,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Peter Stevens  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
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    Of Another Time / Yun Kyong Kim
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1362 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Jenkins,  Marcel Paponaud,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Yun Kyong Kim
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    Louisiana: A Pianist's Journey / Kenneth Boulton
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1171 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Niemann,  Roy Spaulding Stoughton,  John Parsons Beach,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth Boulton
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    Ravel: Bolero, Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice / Sir Neville Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420812 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Faris,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Kurt Masur,  Franz Bauer-Theussl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Promenade Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    British Light Classics / Dunn, Lanchbery, Kilbey
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28285 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Farnon,  Ronald Binge,  Ray Martin,  Arthur Wood  ... 
    Conductor:  Sidney Torch,  John Scott,  Ray Martin,  Charles Williams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  John Scott Orchestra,  Ray Martin Concert Orchestra  ... 
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    In A Persian Market - Favorite Orchestral Works / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35037 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  George Enescu,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emmanuel Chabrier  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Ketèlbey: Orchestral Works / Faris, Robinson
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473720 Release Date: 01/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey
    Conductor:  Alexander Faris,  Stanford Robinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Promenade Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  New Symphony Orchestra
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    Ketelbey: In a Monastery Garden / Lanchbery
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 47806 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey
    Conductor:  John Lanchbery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    British Light Music Classics / Corp, New London Orchestra
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44261 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frederic Curzon,  Trevor Duncan,  Marshall Ross,  Charles Ancliffe  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Corp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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    Ultimate Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Elgar Howarth,  Philip Jones,  Nigel Kennedy,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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    André Rieu - The Flying Dutchman
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17571 Release Date: 09/27/2005  
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Harold Arlen,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Carmen Monarcha
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Netherlands
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  • 20.
    The Grand Passions Of Albert W. Ketèlbey / Godwin, Et Al
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6676 Release Date: 03/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey
    Conductor:  Anthony Godwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palm Court Theatre Orchestra
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    Saturday Afternoon Concert In St. Peter & St. Sigfrid
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 70 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Borne,  Jean Sibelius,  Stellan Sagvik,  John Alan Griffiths  ... 
    Performer:  Kinga Prada Sagvik,  Sandra Brucker,  Rolf Bromme,  Tommy Strand
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  • 22.
    Chinoiserie / Jenny Lin
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1110 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Leo Ornstein,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny Lin
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    Japonisme - Gil-marchex, Tansman, Et Al / Noriko Ogawa
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 11/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Cyril Scott,  Theodor Szántó,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
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    Anything Goes - The San Sylmar Theatre Organ / Tom Hazleton
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 77025 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Les Brown,  Richard A. Whiting,  Dana Suesse  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hazleton
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    All The Rage / Nashville Mandolin Ensemble
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80544 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  W. J. Kitchener,  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Warren Dean,  David Guion  ... 
    Performer:  Byron House,  Karen Ann Krieger
    Conductor:  Paul Martin Zonn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Mandolin Ensemble
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