A Life in Music: Vintage Tommy Reilly

Release Date: 8/23/2019
Label: Chandos
Catalog Number: CHAN 20143
Conductor: Vilem Tausky
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Born in Ontario in August 1919, Tommy Reilly studied violin from the age of eight, and began playing harmonica at the age of eleven. Though he had played in England in 1935 – 37 and continental Europe in 1937 – 39, it was not until his arrest (while studying violin at the Leipzig Conservatory) and subsequent internment 1939 – 45 in prisoner-of-war camps that he developed his virtuosity on the harmonica, basing his ideas of phrasing and interpretation on the playing of Jascha Heifetz. Returning to London in 1945, Reilly began parallel careers as a concert soloist and recitalist, a popular BBC radio and television performer, and a studio musician-composer. He performed with most of the major European orchestras and toured all over the world as a concert soloist. Inspiring the composition of more than thirty works by other composers, Reilly also transcribed a great deal of repertoire for the instrument, in addition to composing his own works. In 1967 he designed a concert harmonica, later manufactured by Hohner and marketed as the Silver Concerto Chromonica. In 1992, he became the first harmonica player to be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. His other awards included the Gold Medal of the Deutscher Harmonika-Verband, and a Golden Badge from the British Association of Composers, Authors and Songwriters. Sir Neville Marriner and Igor Stravinsky were among those who admired his playing.

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REVIEW:

The colours Reilly managed to produce, the technical barriers he overcame and the unrivalled musicality he evinced on the instrument are stunningly audible throughout this disc. There is a huge amount here to entertain the keen listener. Reilly’s commercial discography is saluted but the archive is successfully mined for off-air material that summon up a time, a place and an era. Reilly was the wizard at the centre of it all, a supreme colourist, the George Malcolm of the harmonica. Or perhaps Malcolm was the Tommy Reilly of the Harpsichord.

– MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
1. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ;
1. Voice from the Past by James Moody
Performer: Knut Guettler (Double Bass), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
2. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 by Pablo de Sarasate
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ;
2. Voice from the Past by James Moody
Performer: Knut Guettler (Double Bass), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
3. Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 450/L 338 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
3. Bop! Goes the Weasel by Reg Owen
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
4. Sonata for Harpsichord in G minor, K 450/L 338 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Baroque
Written: 18th Century ;
4. Bop! Goes the Weasel by Reg Owen
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
5. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 7th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
5. Firefly by Donald Phillips
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Conductor: Vilem Tausky
6. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 7th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
6. Firefly by Donald Phillips
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Conductor: Vilem Tausky
7. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 5, Sérénade in B flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
7. No Limit by Tommy Reilly
Performer: James Moody (Piano), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
8. Morceaux de fantaisies (5), Op. 3: no 5, Sérénade in B flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Russia
8. Irish Medley: The Humours of Limerick - Thady's Wattle - St Patrick's Day - The Irish Washerwomen by James Moody
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
9. Age of Innocence, for harmonica & orchestra by Robert Farnon
Performer: Knut Guettler (Double Bass), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
9. Le Grisbi by Jean Wiéner
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
10. Age of Innocence, for harmonica & orchestra by Robert Farnon
Performer: Knut Guettler (Double Bass), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
10. Golden Girl by Tommy Reilly
Performer: James Moody (Piano), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
11. Italian Dance by Madeleine Dring
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
12. Italian Dance by Madeleine Dring
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
13. Spanish Dances (5) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 12: no 2 in G minor, Moderato by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Germany
14. Spanish Dances (5) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 12: no 2 in G minor, Moderato by Moritz Moszkowski
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876 ; Germany
15. Fire Brand, for harmonica & piano by Alan Langford
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
16. Fire Brand, for harmonica & piano by Alan Langford
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
17. Deep Purple by Peter Derose
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Written: 1933 ;
18. Deep Purple by Peter Derose
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Written: 1933 ;
19. Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863/1870 ; Bohemia
20. Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Dance of the Comedians by Bedrich Smetana
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863/1870 ; Bohemia
21. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
23. El Cumbanchero by Rafael Hernández
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
24. El Cumbanchero by Rafael Hernández
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
25. Jalousie by Jacob Gade
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; England
26. Jalousie by Jacob Gade
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; England
27. Dinah by Harry Akst
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; USA
28. Dinah by Harry Akst
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; USA
29. Jubilee: Begin the beguine by Cole Porter
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; USA
30. Jubilee: Begin the beguine by Cole Porter
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; USA
31. Bulgarian Wedding Dance by James Moody
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica), James Moody (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
32. Hora staccato by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; Romania
33. La brisa y yo by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
34. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Paris, France
35. Firefly by Donald Phillips
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Conductor: Vilem Tausky
36. Firefly by Donald Phillips
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Conductor: Vilem Tausky
37. Jubilee: Begin the beguine by Cole Porter
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; USA
38. Jubilee: Begin the beguine by Cole Porter
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ; USA
39. No Limit by Tommy Reilly
Performer: James Moody (Piano), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
40. Bulgarian Wedding Dance by James Moody
Performer: James Moody (Piano), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
41. Hora staccato by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; Romania
42. Hora staccato by Grigoras Dinicu
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; Romania
43. Irish Medley: The Humours of Limerick - Thady's Wattle - St Patrick's Day - The Irish Washerwomen by James Moody
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
44. La brisa y yo by Ernesto Lecuona
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: 20th Century
45. Le Grisbi by Jean Wiéner
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
46. Waltzes (3) for Piano, B 164/Op. 64: no 1 in D flat major "Minute Waltz" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1846-1847 ; Paris, France
47. Golden Girl by Tommy Reilly
Performer: James Moody (Piano), Tommy Reilly (Harmonica)
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