1 800 222 6872

The Golden Age of Light Music: Strings in Rhythm

Audio Samples

>Herbert, Victor : Natoma
>     Habañera
>Heusen, James Van : Swinging On A Star (used in the film "Going My Way")
>Porter, Cole : You do something to me, song (from "Fifty Million Frenchmen")
>Jenkins, Gordon : In the Heat of the Day, for pops orchestra
>Hayton, Lennie : Greenwich Village, for orchestra (for the film Invitation)
>Sciorilli, Eros : La Colpa Fu, for pops orchestra
>Ellington, Duke : In a Sentimental Mood
>Boulanger, Georges : Da Capo
>Kern, Jerome : In Love in Vain, song (from "Centennial Summer")
>Coward, Noël : Poor little rich girl
>Dexter, Dave, Jr. : Sunset on the Tiber, for pops orchestra
>Rodriguez, Matos : La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra
>Mooney, Hal : Cancer, for pops orchestra (from "Musical Horoscope")
>Lecuona, Ernesto : Maria la O, zarzuela
>Lehár, Franz : Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (You Are My Heart's Delight) (from "Das Land des Lachelns")
>Fitch, Kay : I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams
>Zamecnik, J.S. : Neapolitan Nites Mambo, for pops orchestra
>Ford, Eugene : Rain
>Anonymous, Mexican : La Cucaracha
>Cesana, Otto : Let's Beguine, for pops orchestra
>Martin, Ray : Tango of Regret, for pops orchestra
>Heyne, Joe : La Petite Gavotte, for pops orchestra
>Lara, Agustín : El Horizonte, for pops orchestra
>Rainger, Ralph : I Wished On The Moon
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Gade, Jakob : Glamour, tango for pops orchestra
>Lowe, James Mundell : Sugar Loaf, song
>Strauss, Josef : Feuerfest, Op. 269

Album Summary

>Herbert, Victor : Natoma
>Heusen, James Van : Swinging On A Star (used in the film "Going My Way")
>Porter, Cole : You do something to me, song (from "Fifty Million Frenchmen")
>Jenkins, Gordon : In the Heat of the Day, for pops orchestra
>Hayton, Lennie : Greenwich Village, for orchestra (for the film Invitation)
>Sciorilli, Eros : La Colpa Fu, for pops orchestra
>Ellington, Duke : In a Sentimental Mood
>Boulanger, Georges : Da Capo
>Kern, Jerome : In Love in Vain, song (from "Centennial Summer")
>Coward, Noël : Poor little rich girl
>Dexter, Dave, Jr. : Sunset on the Tiber, for pops orchestra
>Rodriguez, Matos : La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra
>Mooney, Hal : Cancer, for pops orchestra (from "Musical Horoscope")
>Lecuona, Ernesto : Maria la O, zarzuela
>Lehár, Franz : Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (You Are My Heart's Delight) (from "Das Land des Lachelns")
>Fitch, Kay : I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams
>Zamecnik, J.S. : Neapolitan Nites Mambo, for pops orchestra
>Ford, Eugene : Rain
>Anonymous, Mexican : La Cucaracha
>Cesana, Otto : Let's Beguine, for pops orchestra
>Martin, Ray : Tango of Regret, for pops orchestra
>Heyne, Joe : La Petite Gavotte, for pops orchestra
>Lara, Agustín : El Horizonte, for pops orchestra
>Rainger, Ralph : I Wished On The Moon
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Gade, Jakob : Glamour, tango for pops orchestra
>Lowe, James Mundell : Sugar Loaf, song
>Strauss, Josef : Feuerfest, Op. 269
Conductors Ensemble
  • >
Composers

Notes & Reviews:

There is plenty of rhythm on offer in this collection of the Guild Light Music Series, from Latin American dances to quicksteps, slow foxtrots, polkas and other surprises.

Notes & Reviews:

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. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased



Previous


Next


Works Details

>Herbert, Victor : Natoma :: Habañera
  • Conductor: Percy Faith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1911

>Heusen, James Van : Swinging On A Star (used in the film "Going My Way")
  • Conductor: Frank Chacksfield
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1944

>Porter, Cole : You do something to me, song (from "Fifty Million Frenchmen")
  • Conductor: Victor Silvester
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jenkins, Gordon : In the Heat of the Day, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Gordon Jenkins
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hayton, Lennie : Greenwich Village, for orchestra (for the film Invitation)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sciorilli, Eros : La Colpa Fu, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: George Melachrino
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.

>Ellington, Duke : In a Sentimental Mood
  • Conductor: Philip Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Boulanger, Georges : Da Capo
  • Conductor: Hans-Georg Arlt
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : In Love in Vain, song (from "Centennial Summer")
  • Conductor: Paul Weston
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Noël Coward (1899 - 1973) : Poor little rich girl
  • Conductor: Peter Yorke
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Dexter, Dave, Jr. : Sunset on the Tiber, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Norrie Paramor
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.

>Rodriguez, Matos : La Cumparsita, for tango orchestra
  • Conductor: Carmen Dragon
  • Notes: Composition written: 1917.
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1917

>Mooney, Hal : Cancer, for pops orchestra (from "Musical Horoscope")
  • Conductor: Hal Mooney
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lecuona, Ernesto : Maria la O, zarzuela
  • Conductor: Helmut Zacharias
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (You Are My Heart's Delight) (from "Das Land des Lächelns")
  • Conductor: Geoff Love
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Fitch, Kay : I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams
  • Conductor: Ronald Binge
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.

>Zamecnik, J.S. : Neapolitan Nites Mambo, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Monty Kelly
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ford, Eugene : Rain
  • Conductor: Nelson Riddle
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.

>Anonymous, Mexican : La Cucaracha
  • Conductor: Pepe Gonzalez
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Cesana, Otto : Let's Beguine, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Otto Cesana
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Martin, Ray : Tango of Regret, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Ray Martin
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Heyne, Joe : La Petite Gavotte, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Dolf van der Linden
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Agustín Lara (1897 - 1970) : El Horizonte, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Bert Kaempfert
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rainger, Ralph : I Wished On The Moon
  • Conductor: Jackie Gleason
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Gade, Jakob : Glamour, tango for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Werner Muller
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lowe, James Mundell : Sugar Loaf, song
  • Conductor: David Carroll
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Strauss, Josef : Feuerfest, Op. 269
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870