Golden Age of Light Music: Strings in Rhythm

The Golden Age of Light Music: Strings in Rhythm

     
 

Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music series continues apace with Strings in Rhythm, a survey of mostly Latin and popular material recorded by pop orchestras between 1953-1959 with an emphasis on big string sections. Getting those big string sections to move was quite a challenge, and this disc makes it clear: certain orchestras could do it better than…  See more details below

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Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music series continues apace with Strings in Rhythm, a survey of mostly Latin and popular material recorded by pop orchestras between 1953-1959 with an emphasis on big string sections. Getting those big string sections to move was quite a challenge, and this disc makes it clear: certain orchestras could do it better than others. For example, the blazing "Habañera" from Victor Herbert's opera Natoma as arranged by Percy Faith lifts right out of its chair and flies out the window. However, nothing here can really be described as "sludgy"; perhaps "sedate" would best describe some of the slower, less uptempo numbers -- annotator and compiler David Ades never scrapes the trough so deeply that the slime comes up. And certain slower numbers can be catchy and ingratiating, such as Hal Mooney's "Cancer," taken from the 1958 album Musical Horoscope, which contained a piece devoted to each sign of the Zodiac. Still, the Latin-themed pieces and those with at least a beat are the ones that catch your ear the most: Monty Kelly's "Neapolitan Nites Mambo" (after J.S. Zamecnik); Frank Chacksfield's jaunty take on the popular Bing Crosby number "Swinging on a Star"; Nelson Riddle's classy rethinking of the old 1927 hit "Rain"; and unexpected, delightful obscurities like German orchestra leader Helmut Zacharias' saucy retrofit of Ernesto Lecuona's tango "Maria La O." Although much of the album grooves at least to some extent and Alan Bunting's transfers of these vintage recordings are first-rate, one should know what one is in for; some of this material was once marketed as "easy listening," and if that doesn't appeal to your taste, then this won't. For anyone else, however, it should prove satisfactory and, in the main, highly entertaining.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
Guild
UPC:
0795754516722
catalogNumber:
5167
Rank:
215912

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Percy Faith   Conductor
André Kostelanetz   Conductor
Jackie Gleason   Conductor
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Bert Kaempfert   Conductor
Werner Müller   Conductor
Otto Cesana   Conductor
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Norrie Paramor   Conductor
Frank Chacksfield   Conductor
George Melachrino   Conductor
Carmen Dragon   Conductor
Ray Martin   Conductor
New World Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Victor Silvester   Conductor
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Robert Farnon Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pépé Gonzalez   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Helmut Zacharias   Conductor
Geoff Love   Conductor
Monty Kelly   Conductor
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jackie Gleason & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Green   Conductor
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Peter Yorke   Conductor
Ronald Binge   Conductor
Geoff Love & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Werner Müller & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Paul Weston Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Hans-Georg Arlt   Conductor
Victor Silvester & His Silver Strings   Performing Ensemble
Bert Kaempfert Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Pépé Gonzalez Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Dolf van der Linden Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ronald Binge Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins   Performing Ensemble
Dolf van der Linden   Conductor
Capitol Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Carroll   Conductor
Otto Cesana's Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Norrie Paramor Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
André Kostelanetz Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Green's Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Peter Yorke Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Monty Kelly Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nelson Riddle Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Hans-Georg Arlt Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ray Martin Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
San Remo Festival Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Victor Herbert   Composer
Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Franz Lehár   Composer
Johann Strauss   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Otto Cesana   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Hal Mooney   Composer
Ray Martin   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Robert Farnon   Arranger
Lennie Hayton   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Roland Shaw   Arranger
Dave Dexter   Composer
Bert Lowe   Composer
Eros Sciorilli   Composer
Ronald Binge   Arranger
Georges Boulanger   Composer
Art Fitch   Composer
Kay Fitch   Composer
Eugene Ford   Composer
J.S. Zamecnik   Composer
David Ades   Liner Notes
Joe Heyne   Composer
Matos Rodriguez   Composer
Mexican Anonymous   Composer
J. George Johnson   Arranger
Jakob Gade   Composer
James Mundell Lowe   Composer

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