The Lost Transcriptions - Vol. 2 / Percy Faith, Mantovani, Sidney Torch

Release Date: 2/14/2012
Label: Guild
Catalog Number: GLCD5181
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
In this disc the focus of ‘Lost Transcriptions’ becomes tighter with three featured conductors; Percy Faith, Mantovani and Sidney Torch.

In this disc the focus of ‘Lost Transcriptions’ – of which this is the second volume – becomes tighter. There are three featured conductors; Percy Faith, Mantovani and Sidney Torch. And the transcriptions derive from material used by broadcasting companies, either recorded broadcasts, or ones that were specially recorded and shipped out to forces overseas, but not on a commercial basis. All of the Percy Faith sides are Voice of America transcriptions dating from 1947 to around the mid-1950s. There is more variety in the origins of the British material.
 
Naturally these three musicians were the cat’s pyjamas of the genre. Faith and Farnon were Canada’s two leading Light Music maestros and here we can concentrate on Faith, who unveils one classic arrangement after another - unlike Mantovani, who had Binge, Faith did all his own arranging. Things are characteristically lush and luscious in Falling in Love with Love but even this is outdone by his work on The Very Thought Of You which moves from searing to pert. I don’t happen much to like it, but I can at least stand back and admire what he wants to do with it. Despite some of the rough treatment they must have received, over inhospitable terrain too, most of these discs have survived in good nick, and have been restored well. Little, I suppose, could be done with some of the thumps on Why Do I Love You – though they pass soon enough. Listen out for an insouciant Morton Gould piece called Pavanne and also to Duke Ellington who solos on his own Night Creature, a swinging affair with nightmarish elements. This garish quality is cleverly counter-pointed by the following piece, the spooky slow movement of Elie Siegmeister’s Clarinet Concerto, played by Vincent J. Abato, which is itself rather Ellingtonian. Fortunately, Copland’s Hoedown from Rodeo banishes all this in a blaze of open air high spirits.
 
From Faith to Mantovani, whose selection is a little less sophisticated. Together Mantovani and Ronald Binge masqueraded as composer ‘Abner C. Rosen’ for Imp On Broadway - probably the better to convince the listening world that this very Gershwinesque opus was the genuine article. But we’re on home turf for, yes, Coronation Scot, orchestrated with élan and brilliance by Binge and recorded for Lang-Worth Feature Programmes transcription in 1952. There’s the usual cod-devilment and picture postcard piece and a delicious Binge piece called Snakes and Ladders, before we pass on to Sidney Torch who conducts his own orchestra as well as The Cavalcade Orchestra and the RAF Concert Orchestra. His own Barbecue is peppy with languid interludes, whilst Amore Mio is briskly passionate; I suspect Torch made love at a regimental march tempo. The only war-time cut is the RAF one of Eric Coates’s Wood Nymphs, who also enjoy Torch’s fast tempi.
 
It was a nice idea to select just these three musicians and to allow them room to breathe on disc. As ever, the notes are a class act.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
Works on This Recording
1. The Boys from Syracuse: Falling in Love with Love by Richard Rodgers
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
2. Rosalie: In the still of the night by Cole Porter
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; USA
3. April Showers by Louis Silvers
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1921 ; USA
4. The very thought of you by Ray Noble
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century
5. Show Boat: Why do I love you? by Jerome Kern
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; USA
6. Pavanne by Morton Gould
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
7. Night Creature by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer: Edward "Duke" Ellington (Piano)
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: Modern
8. Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra: Deep Blues by Elie Siegmeister
Performer: Vincent Abato (Clarinet)
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: Modern
Written: 1955-1956 ;
9. Play, Orchestra, Play by Noel Coward
Period: Modern
10. Imp on Broadway, for pops orchestra by Ronald Binge
Period: Modern
11. Coronation Scot by Vivian Ellis
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; England
12. March of the Robots, for pops orchestra by Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
Period: Modern
13. Danse du diable (Devil's Dance), for pops orchestra by Voldemar Rosenberg
Period: Modern
14. Jamaican Juggler, for pops orchestra by William [piano] Davies
Period: Modern
15. Invitation to the Waltz by Noel Coward
Period: Modern
16. Snakes and Ladders, for pops orchestra by Ronald Binge
Period: Modern
17. Rhapsody in Rhythm by Henry Croudson
Period: Modern
18. Strike Up the Music, for pops orchestra by Sidney Torch
Conductor: Sidney Torch
Period: Modern
19. Barbecue by Sidney Torch
Conductor: Sidney Torch
Period: 20th Century
20. Amore mio, for pops orchestra by Sidney Torch
Conductor: Sidney Torch
Period: Modern
21. Wood Nymphs by Eric Coates
Conductor: Sidney Torch
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1918 ; England
22. As Long as There's Music by Jule Styne
Conductor: Sidney Torch
Period: Modern
23. Fandango by Sidney Torch
Conductor: Sidney Torch
Period: Modern
24. You Were Never Lovelier: Dearly Beloved by Jerome Kern
Conductor: Sidney Torch
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
25. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 4, Hoe-down by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
26. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 4, Hoe-down by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Percy Faith
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
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