The Golden Age of Light Music: European Tour

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Few are liable to turn down a tour of Europe, whether it is a complicated affair led by an expert guide or a single ride on the Orient Express. Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music series offers a musical counterpart in its entry European Tour, featuring selections recorded between 1946 and 1958. Given the time period and theme, one might automatically conclude that such a collection might potentially drown in its own bathos, but with a couple of exceptions, the selection is actually quite lively throughout with some being very much so, such as David Rose's hyperactive "Roman Holiday." However, as these pieces are limited somewhat to descriptive references to places, most aren't musically very ambitious, although ...
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Few are liable to turn down a tour of Europe, whether it is a complicated affair led by an expert guide or a single ride on the Orient Express. Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music series offers a musical counterpart in its entry European Tour, featuring selections recorded between 1946 and 1958. Given the time period and theme, one might automatically conclude that such a collection might potentially drown in its own bathos, but with a couple of exceptions, the selection is actually quite lively throughout with some being very much so, such as David Rose's hyperactive "Roman Holiday." However, as these pieces are limited somewhat to descriptive references to places, most aren't musically very ambitious, although some that are might surprise you: Robert Farnon's dovetailing of "Comin' Thru the Rye" and "My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose," the so-called Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra i.e. 101 Strings led by Joseph Kuhn in their imaginatively arranged combination of "Passe Partout" and "El Gato Montes," and Guy Lumpaerts' weird "The Spider of Antwerp." The most adventurous track, however, is the original European hit version of Heino Gaze's "Tivoli-Melodie" by Werner Müller with its dense orchestration and speedy tape tracks; later this became a hit in America as well in a sanitized and straitened version by Lawrence Welk -- under the inexplicable title of "Calcutta" -- in the last pre-Beatles year of 1963. Although they are among the least adventurous items among the tracks here, there are also a couple examples of straight-ahead classical artists dabbling in lightweight fare; Hans Rosbaud and the Baden-Banden Symphony playing "When It's Spring in Baden-Baden" say that five times real fast, and Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén conducting his own "Springtime in Roslagen." Needless to say, the places represented in this collection aren't in the 21st century what they were in the middle of the twentieth, when these recordings were made. As a result, Golden Age of Light Music: European Tour offers a European tour that's part-time travel as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Guild
  • UPC: 795754516128
  • Catalog Number: 5161

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hugo Alfvén Conductor
Mantovani Conductor
Michel Legrand Conductor
Werner Müller Conductor
Sidney Torch Conductor
Richard Hayman Conductor
Tony Osborne Conductor
Frank Chacksfield Conductor
George Melachrino Conductor
Robert Farnon Conductor
Robert Farnon Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Victor Young Conductor
Monty Kelly Conductor
Joe Leahy Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Mantovani Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Michel Legrand & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philip Green Conductor
Guy Luypaerts Conductor
Ethel Smith Organ
Cyril Stapleton Conductor
Cyril Stapleton Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Danish State Radio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Rose Conductor
Charles Williams & His Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
New Century Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Melachrino Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Welton Young Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Baden Baden Performing Ensemble
Hans Rosbaud Conductor
Philip James Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Conductor
Paris Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams Conductor
Richard Benson Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Joe Leahy Conductor
Monty Kelly Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Werner Muller & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Rose Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tony Osborne's Dancing Strings Performing Ensemble
Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Hugo Alfvén Composer
Victor Herbert Composer
Anton Karas Composer
Tony Osborne Composer
Frank Chacksfield Composer
Ned Miller Composer
Georges Auric Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Robert Farnon Composer
Heino Gaze Composer
Victor Young Composer
Clive Richardson Composer
Chester Conn Composer
Kenneth Grant Cover Art
Cyril Stapleton Composer
Hubert Giraud Composer
David Ades Liner Notes
Ronald Hanmer Composer
Cortez Composer
Alan Bunting Remastering
David Rose Composer
Flavien Monod Composer
Rolf Arland Composer
Frederick Peter Hargreaves Composer
Alphonse Jean Ernest Mailly Composer
Raul Ferrão Composer
Mai Jones Composer
Charles Williams Composer
Guy Pierre Lafarge Composer
Joe Leahy Composer
G. Balsamo Composer
Geoffrey Everitt Composer
Paula Maria Vandebroek Composer
Joseph Thobrither Composer
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