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The Golden Age Of Light Music: A Glorious Century Of Light Music

Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 5200   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Jerome KernVernon DukeRon GoodwinJule Styne,   ... 
Conductor:  Cyril OrnadelPaul MauriatRon GoodwinAnnuncio Paolo Mantovani,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the 100th release in Guild’s Light Music series. It feels as if I’ve reviewed them all. To celebrate they have compiled a disc that praises the conductors and composers of the genre, and have done so in style. Most of the first 20 tracks date from the 1951 to 1961 decade but the final few go right back to the 1930s and, in one case, to 1929, this last being Jack Hylton’s Toymaker’s Dream which is included as a ‘bonus’ track. I have to admit I never really know what bonus tracks mean in this context but I’m glad it’s been included.

The parade of the great starts with Cyril Ornadel playing Jerome Kern in punchy fashion, complete with some snazzy orchestration courtesy of Brian Fahey. Amidst the celebrations for the
Read more conductors and composers we must also remember the arrangers. I don’t recall much of Paul Mauriat in this series but he essays April in Paris well, on a Bel Air LP of 1961 and this contrasts well with the typical lush, plush cushion Mantovani provides for The Party’s Over.

There’s concert orchestra charm from Hans Carste on a 1960 Polydor and a snappy offering from Guild ever-present Roger Roger in Beach Parade. Billy Vaughan gives Climb Every Mountain The Treatment — very little is kept in reserve — but it’s rather better to discover Morton Gould playing Villa-Lobos’s The Little Train Of The Caipira. For sonic allure and delicious string tone you need not look any further than David Rose in Stringopation – awful title though. The classy Hans Georg Arlt and Stanley Black are both wisely represented, and they’ve been long-time charter members of this series too. Over-modish percussion, a bit of an occupational hazard at the time rather mars Melachrino’s Butantan.

Charles Williams was an old time maestro of the genre, a fiddle player who had had long experience of the London scene. Playing Delius under Beecham must have left its mark because The Starlings is an evocative piece of nature painting, not quite Delius’s Last Cuckoo but a near avian relative; Delian harmonies abound. Maybe one day we can have an all-Williams album.

Sidney Torch and Robert Farnon sit side by side in this disc, and then we move to the pre-war kings: Marek Weber in 1939, Eric Coates playing The Jester at the Wedding march in 1934, and then finally the Hylton, which provides a genial envoi. The notes are excellent. The post-war transfers are first class, but the 78s are too treble filtered. This is a splendidly selected tribute. Here’s to the next hundred.

- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

Look for the Silver Lining, song (from "Sally") by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel
Period: Modern 
Written: United States of Ame 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
April in Paris by Vernon Duke
Conductor:  Paul Mauriat
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Puppet Serenade by Ron Goodwin
Conductor:  Ron Goodwin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960s; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
The Party's Over, song (from "The Bells Are Ringing") by Jule Styne
Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Love's Sweet Song by Emmerich Kálmán
Conductor:  Hans Carste
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Milord by Marguerite Monnot
Conductor:  Frank Pourcel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Goldilocks: Lady in Waiting Waltz by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Roger Roger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Beach Parade, for pops orchestra by Roger Roger
Conductor:  Roger Roger
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
The Sound of Music: Climb ev'ry mountain by Richard Rodgers
Conductor:  Billy Vaughn
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2: The Little Train of the Caipira by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Morton Gould
Period: Modern 
Written: 1930 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
All the Way by James Van Heusen
Conductor:  Frank Chacksfield
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Stringopation by David Rose
Conductor:  David Rose
Written: 1940s 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Alexander's Ragtime Band: Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin
Conductor:  Hans-Georg Arlt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Pipsqueak, for pops orchestra by Dolf van der Linden
Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Candlelight Waltz, for pops orchestra by Jack Mason
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Butantan, song (attrib. Wood) by Unspecified
Conductor:  George Melachrino
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Starlings by Charles Williams
Conductor:  Charles Williams
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Sewing Circle, for pops orchestra by Ray Martin
Conductor:  Ray Martin
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
No, No, Nanette: Tea for Two by Vincent Youmans
Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Samba Sud by Sidney Torch
Conductor:  Sidney Torch
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
String Time, for string orchestra by Robert Farnon
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Stars in Your Eyes (Mar) by Gabriel Ruiz
Conductor:  Percy Faith
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Dreams on the Ocean, for pops orchestra by Joseph Gungl
Conductor:  Marek Weber
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
The Jester at the Wedding: Jester by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Eric Coates
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
The Toymaker's Dream by Ernie Golden
Conductor:  Jack Hylton
Period: Modern 
Written: 1920s 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Red, Hot and Blue: It's de lovely by Cole Porter
Conductor:  Stanley Black
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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