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The Golden Age of Light Music: Bright & Breezy

Audio Samples

>Dennis, Peter : Bright and Breezy, for pops orchestra
>Williams, Charles : The Jealous Lover (theme from the film The Apartment)
>Russell, Bob : Carnival
>Loewe, Frederick : They Call the Wind Maria, song (from "Paint Your Wagon")
>Roberts, P. : Ragazza Romanza, for pops orchestra
>Mawer, Anthony : Painted Carousels, for pops orchestra
>Garner, Erroll : Misty, song
>Davies, William : Toy Town Trumpeters, for pops orchestra
>Johnson, Laurie : Tiger Bay, theme from the film
>Rota, Nino : Theme from La Dolce Vita
>Bruhn, Christian : Midi-Midinette, for pops orchestra
>Porter, Cole : Jubilee
>Vignali, D. : E Bello, for pops orchestra
>Youmans, Vincent : Bambalina, for orchestra
>Grabmann, Maurice : Kristina, for pops orchestra
>Farnon, Robert : Sea Shore, for pops orchestra
>Slaney, Ivor : Stringendo, for pops orchestra
>Charlier, Arthur D. : Place du Tertre, for orchestra
>Steggerda, Johnny : Dancing Daffodils
>Watters, Cyril : Up and Coming, for pops orchestra
>Marquina, Pascual : Spanischer Zigeunertanz (Spanish Gypsy Dance), for orchestra
>Bronislaw Kaper / Walter : San Francisco (Title track for the 1936 film)
>Young, Victor : Sweet Sue (Just You)
>Alfvén, Hugo : Summerdance, for orchestra
>Fischer, Ernst : South of the Alps, suite for orchestra

Album Summary

>Dennis, Peter : Bright and Breezy, for pops orchestra
>Williams, Charles : The Jealous Lover (theme from the film The Apartment)
>Russell, Bob : Carnival
>Loewe, Frederick : They Call the Wind Maria, song (from "Paint Your Wagon")
>Roberts, P. : Ragazza Romanza, for pops orchestra
>Mawer, Anthony : Painted Carousels, for pops orchestra
>Garner, Erroll : Misty, song
>Davies, William : Toy Town Trumpeters, for pops orchestra
>Johnson, Laurie : Tiger Bay, theme from the film
>Rota, Nino : Theme from La Dolce Vita
>Bruhn, Christian : Midi-Midinette, for pops orchestra
>Porter, Cole : Jubilee
>Vignali, D. : E Bello, for pops orchestra
>Youmans, Vincent : Bambalina, for orchestra
>Grabmann, Maurice : Kristina, for pops orchestra
>Farnon, Robert : Sea Shore, for pops orchestra
>Slaney, Ivor : Stringendo, for pops orchestra
>Charlier, Arthur D. : Place du Tertre, for orchestra
>Steggerda, Johnny : Dancing Daffodils
>Watters, Cyril : Up and Coming, for pops orchestra
>Marquina, Pascual : Spanischer Zigeunertanz (Spanish Gypsy Dance), for orchestra
>Bronislaw Kaper / Walter : San Francisco (Title track for the 1936 film)
>Young, Victor : Sweet Sue (Just You)
>Alfvén, Hugo : Summerdance, for orchestra
>Fischer, Ernst : South of the Alps, suite for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

An international line-up of composers and orchestras are featured for this latest installment of the Guild Light Music Series.

Notes & Reviews:

Bright and Breezy is an installment in the Guild label's exhaustive survey of the genre known as light music in Britain and (since the 1960s) easy listening in North America. The Guild series is a superb accomplishment, combining research, musical sensitivity, and engineering skills in the service of an almost-forgotten genre. The roots of easy listening music lay in the incidental music played by hotel, cafe, and cinema orchestras in the first few decades of the 20th century, and the genre lasted well into the 1970s as the careers of such figures as Percy Faith, Mantovani, and André Kostelanetz neared their ends. Except for two 1930s recordings, which are interesting but don't quite fit with the rest of the music, the pieces on Bright and Breezy all date from between 1957 and 1960. The collection is somewhat random, and they're certainly not all bright and breezy. This is the period in which the style entered a somewhat extreme phase as it attempted to compete with the carnality of rock & roll, and unusual orchestral effects were the order of the day. Sample the contribution by the Starlight Symphony under British conductor Cyril Ornadel (who lived until 2011); his version of Begin the Beguine, track 12, with its multiple instrumental layers arising out of the opening Latin percussion, would have been well known to American audiences. Latin influences appear in several pieces, and cinematic styles are heard in many more, such as the Melachrino Orchestra's Ragazza Romana (track 5). One attraction of this disc is the inclusion of several groups from non-English-speaking countries, such as the Brussels New Concert Orchestra (represented twice) and the miniature light-music symphony at the end by Ernst Fischer, played by a German group conducted by Bruno Seidler-Winkler. This may not be the ideal place to start with Guild's series (shoot for A First A-Z of Light Music, or one of the 1940s or 1950s collections), but the already converted will find many pleasures here. ~James Manheim



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Works Details

>Dennis, Peter : Bright and Breezy, for pops orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Williams, Charles : The Jealous Lover (theme from the film The Apartment)
  • Conductor: Billy Vaughn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1949

>Russell, Bob : Carnival
  • Conductor: Les Baxter
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Harry Warren (Composer) (1893 - 1981).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Loewe, Frederick : They Call the Wind Maria, song (from "Paint Your Wagon")
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Roberts, P. : Ragazza Romanza, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: George Melachrino
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mawer, Anthony : Painted Carousels, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Phillipo Andez
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Garner, Erroll : Misty, song
  • Ensemble: Knightsbridge Strings
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Davies, William : Toy Town Trumpeters, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Josef Verlag
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Johnson, Laurie : Tiger Bay, theme from the film
  • Conductor: Philip Green
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rota, Nino : Theme from La Dolce Vita
  • Performer: Manuel & the Music of the Mountains
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Bruhn, Christian : Midi-Midinette, for pops orchestra
  • Performer: Sir Chauncey
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Jubilee
  • Conductor: Cyril Ornadel
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vignali, D. : E Bello, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: George Melachrino
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Youmans, Vincent : Bambalina, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Reg Owen
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Grabmann, Maurice : Kristina, for pops orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Farnon, Robert : Sea Shore, for pops orchestra
  • Performers: Marjan Rawicz (Piano); Walter Landauer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Angela Morley
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Slaney, Ivor : Stringendo, for pops orchestra
  • Conductor: Hugh Granville
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Charlier, Arthur D. : Place du Tertre, for orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Steggerda, Johnny : Dancing Daffodils
  • Conductor: Guy Luypaerts
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Watters, Cyril : Up and Coming, for pops orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Marquina, Pascual : Spanischer Zigeunertanz (Spanish Gypsy Dance), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Jacques Leroy
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bronislaw Kaper / Walter : San Francisco (Title track for the 1936 film)
  • Conductor: Carmen Dragon
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1936

>Young, Victor : Sweet Sue (Just You)
  • Conductor: Jack Hylton
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Hugo Alfvén (1872 - 1960) : Summerdance, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Hugo Alfvén
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Fischer, Ernst : South of the Alps, suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Bruno Seidler-Winkler
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern