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The Golden Age of Light Music: Lightly Classical

Audio Samples

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Holst, Gustav : St. Paul's Suite
>     The Dargason
>Walton, William : Facade Suite no 2
>     Popular Song
>DeRose, Peter : The Lamp Is Low, song (a.k.a. "Pavanne") (after Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte)
>Lehár, Franz : Gypsy Love
>     Waltz
>Black, Stanley : Overture to a costume comedy
>Rapley, Felton : Portrait of Clare, for pops orchestra (transcribed and arranged from Schumann's "Devotion")
>Luigini, Alexandre : Ballet Egyptien
>     Finale
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b
>Farnon, Robert : Lake of the Woods, for orchestra
>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade Suite
>     Waltz
>Carroll, David : Beyond the Moonlight, song for orchestra (based on Mendelssohn's "On Wings of Song")
>George Forrest / Robert W : He's in Love, song (from "Kismet")
>Grieg, Edvard : Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Comedian Galop
>Wood, Haydn : A Brown Bird Singing for voice & piano
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Ballet
>     Theme
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>     Sabre Dance
>Stravinsky, Igor : The Firebird Ballet
>     Dance of the Princesses
>     Dance of Kastchei
>     Berceuse & Finale

Album Summary

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
>Holst, Gustav : St. Paul's Suite
>Walton, William : Facade Suite no 2
>DeRose, Peter : The Lamp Is Low, song (a.k.a. "Pavanne") (after Ravel's Pavane pour une infante defunte)
>Lehár, Franz : Gypsy Love
>Black, Stanley : Overture to a costume comedy
>Rapley, Felton : Portrait of Clare, for pops orchestra (transcribed and arranged from Schumann's "Devotion")
>Luigini, Alexandre : Ballet Egyptien
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b
>Farnon, Robert : Lake of the Woods, for orchestra
>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade Suite
>Carroll, David : Beyond the Moonlight, song for orchestra (based on Mendelssohn's "On Wings of Song")
>George Forrest / Robert W : He's in Love, song (from "Kismet")
>Grieg, Edvard : Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34
>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Comedian Galop
>Wood, Haydn : A Brown Bird Singing for voice & piano
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Ballet
>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>Stravinsky, Igor : The Firebird Ballet
Conductors Ensemble
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Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The collection of music on this recording proves that the so-called boundaries between light and classical music are not insurmountable; that many composers had lighter moments; and that there were many tasteful arrangements of the classics adapted to make them more instantly appealing to the audience.



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Works Details

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
  • Conductor: Pierre Challet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)
  • Conductor: Pierre Challet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Holst, Gustav : St. Paul's Suite :: The Dargason
  • Conductor: Angela Morley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Walton, William : Façade Suite no 2 :: Popular Song
  • Conductor: William Walton
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>DeRose, Peter : The Lamp Is Low, song (a.k.a. "Pavanne") (after Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte)
  • Conductor: Frank De Vol
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Gypsy Love :: Waltz
  • Conductor: Sidney Torch
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1909

>Black, Stanley : Overture to a costume comedy
  • Conductor: Piero Gamba
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Rapley, Felton : Portrait of Clare, for pops orchestra (transcribed and arranged from Schumann's "Devotion")
  • Conductor: Charles Williams
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Luigini, Alexandre : Ballet Egyptien :: Finale
  • Conductor: Ronnie Munro
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b
  • Conductor: Philip Green
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Farnon, Robert : Lake of the Woods, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leslie Jones
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Khachaturian, Aram : Masquerade Suite :: Waltz
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Notes: Composition written: 1944.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Carroll, David : Beyond the Moonlight, song for orchestra (based on Mendelssohn's "On Wings of Song")
  • Conductor: David Carroll
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Dorcas Cochran (died 1991).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>George Forrest / Robert W : He's in Love, song (from "Kismet")
  • Conductor: Percy Faith
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Grieg, Edvard : Elegiac Melodies (2) for Strings, Op. 34
  • Conductor: George Melachrino
  • Notes: Composition written: 1880.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Kabalevsky, Dmitri : Comedian Galop
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Wood, Haydn : A Brown Bird Singing for voice & piano
  • Conductor: Eric Jupp
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1922

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Swan Lake Ballet :: Theme
  • Conductor: Ray Conniff
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Massenet, Jules : Meditation (from "Thaïs")
  • Conductor: Herman Clebanoff
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh :: Sabre Dance
  • Conductor: John Trotter
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-42.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Stravinsky, Igor : The Firebird Ballet :: Dance of the Princesses
  • Conductor: David Rose
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1910

>Stravinsky, Igor : The Firebird Ballet :: Dance of Kastchei
  • Conductor: David Rose
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1910

>Stravinsky, Igor : The Firebird Ballet :: Berceuse & Finale
  • Conductor: David Rose
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1910