The Golden Age of Light Music: The Hall of Fame, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Guild label, based in Switzerland, has performed an enormous service with its Golden Age of Light Music albums. This large and expanding series covers the genre known as easy listening in the U.S., and it includes recordings by British, American, and sometimes Continental orchestras. It's not at all clear what makes this and the other two discs so titled a set of "Hall of Fame" selections, as the title proclaims; the booklet notes in English only give the contradictory explanations that "recognition should already have been given for outstanding achievement" but that "if only the most famous melodies and orchestras are considered worthy for a CD such as this, the ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The Guild label, based in Switzerland, has performed an enormous service with its Golden Age of Light Music albums. This large and expanding series covers the genre known as easy listening in the U.S., and it includes recordings by British, American, and sometimes Continental orchestras. It's not at all clear what makes this and the other two discs so titled a set of "Hall of Fame" selections, as the title proclaims; the booklet notes in English only give the contradictory explanations that "recognition should already have been given for outstanding achievement" but that "if only the most famous melodies and orchestras are considered worthy for a CD such as this, the result would probably be a rehash of what may have been done many times before." At any rate, those in search of a sampler from Guild's series will not find it here; they might do better with one of the Four Decades of Light Music albums, or perhaps the two Musical Kaleidoscope releases. The music here is actually more specifically focused than on most of the other albums in the series. Most of it dates from the late 1950s, a period when light music was entering a final, sometimes mannered efflorescence in advance of its temporary eclipse by rock styles. There are especially brilliant orchestrations from this period; hear the uniquely heavy string pizzicato rhythms in counterpoint with maracas, and the subtle entrance of the main theme, in the version of Ernesto Lecuona's "Love and the World Loves with You" by Richard Hayman & His Orchestra. There are also, especially in the American selections, examples of the syrupy sound that helped do the genre in. Unusually for Guild's series, this album includes a segment devoted to a single orchestra leader, George Melachrino, represented not only with his own Melachrino Orchestra but with the San Remo Festival Orchestra. These date from between 1947 and 1958 from the latter year comes a fine version of the "Warsaw Concerto". With the proviso that it's not the right place to start, fans of Guild's series will find enjoyable items here.
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  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Guild
  • UPC: 795754516227
  • Catalog Number: 5162

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Coates Conductor
Morton Gould Conductor
Percy Faith Conductor
Buddy Bregman Conductor
Freddy Martin Conductor
Sidney Torch Conductor
Billy Vaughn Conductor
Richard Hayman Conductor
George Melachrino Conductor
Ray Martin Conductor
Ron Goodwin Conductor
Albert Sandler Conductor
Robert Farnon Conductor
Geraldo Conductor
Henri René Conductor
Hugo Winterhalter Conductor
Nelson Riddle Conductor
David Rose Conductor
Helmut Zacharias Conductor
Percy Faith & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Freddy Martin & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Henri René & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Philip Green Conductor
Queen's Hall Light Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Richard Hayman & His Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Conrad Salinger Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Kingsway Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams & His Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Melachrino Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Palm Court Orchestra Performing Ensemble
William Hill-Bowen Piano
Billy Vaughn's Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Conductor
The Ron Goodwin Concert Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Tip Top Tunes Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams Conductor
Philip Green's Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra Performing Ensemble
David Rose Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nelson Riddle Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Morton Gould Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ray Martin Orchestra Performing Ensemble
San Remo Festival Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Richard Addinsell Composer
Eric Coates Composer
Morton Gould Arranger
Victor Herbert Composer
Ernesto Lecuona Composer
Franz Lehár Composer
Percy Faith Arranger
Sidney Torch Composer
George Melachrino Arranger, Composer
Ron Goodwin Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Robert Farnon Composer
Hugo Winterhalter Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Composer
David Rose Composer
Conrad Salinger Arranger
Lee Gillette Composer
Angela Morley Arranger
Guy Luypaerts Composer
George Forrest Composer
Ronald Binge Composer
Robert Katscher Composer
Alan Bunting Remastering
Charles Wildman Composer
James Lyman Molloy Composer
Reginald King Composer
José Belmonte Composer
Charles Williams Composer
Robert Wright Composer
Virgilio Panzuti Composer
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