Golden Age of Light Music: The 1930s, Vol. 2 - In Town Tonight

The Golden Age of Light Music: The 1930s, Vol. 2 - In Town Tonight

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Guild's In Town Tonight -- The 1930s, Vol. 2 is an entry in Guild's ongoing Light Music series that surveys British and American music belonging to that designation in historical recordings. The transfers from the original recordings, made by Alan Bunting, are always first-rate, and informative -- if brief -- notes by compiler See more details below

Overview

Guild's In Town Tonight -- The 1930s, Vol. 2 is an entry in Guild's ongoing Light Music series that surveys British and American music belonging to that designation in historical recordings. The transfers from the original recordings, made by Alan Bunting, are always first-rate, and informative -- if brief -- notes by compiler David Ades help to place this largely forgotten music in context. The rubric of light music contains a wide range of music; it was a term used widely at the time that has since fallen into disuse, but covered both popular music that was not really jazz and lightweight classical music that wasn't considered "serious" in the way that, say, a Brahms symphony would be. A good example of that would be the little "Badinage" composed by Victor Herbert, heard here played by the salon orchestra led by Russian-American bandleader Harry Horlick, who was a mainstay of NBC radio in the 1920s and '30s. On the other side of the coin is the cultured English music hall tune "Bitter Sweet Waltz," composed by Noël Coward for his show of that name and played -- with weird, spooky organ effects that almost approximate the sound of a theremin -- by London's Paramount Theatre Orchestra in 1939. Technology is a side element to this collection that makes it especially interesting, for it includes an experimental stereo recording, made in 1934, by engineer Alan Blumlein at Abbey Road of some bits from Johnny Green's show Mr. Whittington played by Ray Noble's New Mayfair Orchestra; the complete mono track of this recording is also included. The stereo is highly successful in this case, though Bunting's transfers of many of the mono recordings are just as crisp and responsive -- for example, Alfredo Campoli & His Marimba Tango Orchestra performing a thing called "Chinese Street Serenade." Skaters with an interest in vintage dance music might well take note of the "Ice Rink Selection" heard here, played by Debroy Somers' band. With such a wide-ranging selection and terrific sound, fans of the popular music of the distant past will want to seek out Guild's In Town Tonight -- The 1930s, Vol. 2.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Guild
UPC:
0795754511628
catalogNumber:
5116

Tracks

  1. Down the Mall, for band
  2. I'll See You Again, song (from "Bitter Sweet")
  3. Pony
  4. "Happy" Selection, medley for pops orchestra [Medley]
  5. La paloma, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  6. Chinese Street Serenade, for tango ensemble
  7. Badinage, for orchestra
  8. The Squirrel Dance, for pops orchestra
  9. Kismet, for pops orchestra
  10. "Ice Rink" Selection, medley for pops orchestra [Medley]
  11. Knightsbridge, march
  12. Chinese Legend, for pops orchestra
  13. Fingerprints, for ensemble
  14. "A Bouquet of Flowers" Selection, medley for pops orchestra [Medley]
  15. Donna Juanita, passo doble for small orchestra
  16. Schattenspiele (Shadowplay), for piano & orchestra
  17. Ecstasy Waltz, for pops orchestra
  18. Caucasian Sketches for orchestra, Op. 10: No. 4, Procession of the Sard
  19. Selection: Intro / Oceans of Time / Whoops for the Derby Day / Weep No
  20. Selection: Intro / The Sun is Round the Corner / What a Pleasant Surpri

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Wilson   Piano
Ray Noble   Conductor
Alfredo Campoli   Conductor
Sidney Torch   Organ
Henry Hall   Conductor
BBC Dance Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Marek Weber   Conductor
Marek Weber & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Green   Conductor
Barnabas Von Géczy   Conductor
Philip Glass Ensemble   Performing Ensemble
New Mayfair Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Edith Lorand Viennese Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Edith Lorand   Conductor
Robert Renard and His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Barnabas Von Géczy Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Harry Horlick   Conductor
Paramount Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Gaumont State Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Herbert Küster   Conductor
Harry Engleman's Quintet   Ensemble
Regal Virtuosi   Ensemble
Alfred van Dam   Conductor
Herbert Küster's Piano Orchestra   Ensemble
International Radio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Alfredo Campoli Orchestra   Ensemble
Harry Horlick & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Richard Crean   Conductor
Charles Shadwell   Conductor
Emanuel Starkey   Conductor
Robert Renard   Conductor
Anton   Conductor
Coventry Hippodrome Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Richard Crean Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Debroy Somers Band   Band
Commodore Grand Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Joseph Muscant   Conductor
Bollington   Organ

Technical Credits

Eric Coates   Composer
Victor Herbert   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Herman Finck   Arranger
Sydney Baynes   Composer
Sid Cooper   Cover Art
David Ades   Producer,Liner Notes
Jack Waller   Composer
Joseph Tunbridge   Composer
Roger Baily   Artwork

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