The Golden Age of Light Music: Strings in Rhythm

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Guild
  • UPC: 795754516722
  • Catalog Number: 5167
  • Sales rank: 302,728

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 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
The 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 II 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 Jr. 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
Alan Bunting Remastering
Joe Heyne Composer
Matos Rodriguez Composer
Mexican Anonymous Composer
J. George Johnson Arranger
Jakob Gade Composer
James Mundell Lowe Composer
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