PICK OF THE MONTH
"I am running out of superlatives to praise this wonderful series of compact discs. The quality of the production is outstanding, the selection of the music is inspired and attention and care shown by the Guild team earns my ongoing thanks for making such memorable light music available.
A second volume devoted to light orchestras of the 1950s is truly a joy to behold. As the copyright restrictions steadily fall away to enable the release of material by such greats as Angela Morley, Laurie Johnson and DoIf Van Der Linden, my listening pleasure is significantly enriched. The music, in a variety of tempos and moods, exudes good taste with the quality of the string playing (the core sound of light orchestral music) consistently compelling. This series is building a magnificent library and I am sure that as time unfolds more treasures will emerge."
In Tune International - May 2005
"...another success in the formidable collection of Light Music from Guild. The notes are always good, the selection entertainingly eclectic, the transfers tend to smoothness and noise reduction rather than opening out at the top. Good fun, as well."
"Another excellent CD in the Guild Light Music series. Full of evocations of an age that was simpler if not necessarily so affluent.
A pleasure indeed! … "
"This is another lovely collection of music coming from the vast archives of the British Light Music realm. Once again, Guild continues to put us in their debt with these wonderfully planned reissues full of the most wonderful pieces and with the splendid annotation by David Ades.
I have little to add to what other reviewers and my own writings have contributed to these oft recorded pieces. There are so many gems in these 76 minutes that one almost loses track of the individual items but begins hearing them as a palette of beautiful colours. Most notable amongst these pieces, one can single out Robert Farnon’s Midnight Matinee, Anthony Collins’ With Emma to Town and Trevor Duncan’s Panoramic Splendour.
The orchestras are also excellent with some of the finest names of the 50’s making their appearances. Amongst these we have Philip Green and the Cameo Players, Richard Hayman, Wally Stott and the legendary Hugo Winterhalter.
I’ve already mentioned the excellent notes by David Ades, which truly form an integral part of this wonderful series. At this price, this is definitely an essential recommendation to all lovers of light music."
As usual a first class service. No problem downloading my music choice. The Classic Shop is an invaluable source of British light music.