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GL 5171

The Golden Age of Light Music: War and Peace - Light Music of the 1940s

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2010

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

New Concert Orchestra


Melachrino Orchestra


New Century Orchestra


David Rose Orchestra


Mantovani and his Concert Orchestra


Louis Voss Grand Orchestra


Charles Shadwell Orchestra


Wynford Reynolds Orchestra


Leighton Lucas Orchestra


Louis Levy and his 'Music From The Movies'


Queen's Hall Light Orchestra


Jack Payne Orchestra


Percy Faith Orchestra


Hallé Orchestra


Meredith Willson Orchestra


Light Symphony Orchestra


Charles Williams


Charles Shadwell


Sidney Torch


Jay Wilbur


David Rose


Eric Coates


Mantovani


Percy Faith


George Melachrino


Frederic Curzon


Louis Voss


Louis Levy


Wynford Reynolds


Rae Jenkins


Leighton Lucas


Jack Payne


Meredith Wilson


Sir William Walton


Peggy Cochrane

piano

Henry Bronkhurst

piano

Guy Fletcher

piano

Producer:

David Ades



Record Label
Guild Light

Genre:

Light Music




Total Time - 77:38
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JOHN BELTON

1 

Down The Mall

2:29
 Charles Shadwell
 

HOAGY CARMICHAEL

arr. Percy Faith
2 

Stardust

3:12
 Percy Faith
 

ERIC COATES

3 

Footlights

4:11
 Eric Coates
 

WILLIAM WALTON

4 

Spitfire Fugue - from the film 'The First Of The Few'

4:07
 Sir William Walton
 

WYNFORD REYNOLDS

5 

A Cocktail Of Happiness

2:56
 Wynford Reynolds
 

CHARLES WILLIAMS

6 

Girls In Grey

2:35
 Charles Williams
 

ANTONIN DVORAK

7 

Humoresque

2:34
 David Rose
 

ALBERT ARLEN

8 

'El Alamein' Concert for Piano and Orchestra

7:45
 Jack Payne
 Peggy Cochrane piano
 

SIDNEY TORCH

9 

On A Spring Note

2:51
 Sidney Torch
 

ANONYMOUS

10 

Boogie Woogie Moonshine (from the film 'Piccadilly Incident')

3:41
 Louis Levy
 Henry Bronkhurst piano
 

JACK BEAVER

11 

Voice Of Industry - March

2:45
 Sidney Torch
 

ROBERT FARNON

12 

Willie The Whistler

2:14
 Charles Williams
 

GEORGE MELACHRINO

13 

Starlight Roof Waltz

2:56
 George Melachrino
 

ALLAN GRAY

14 

'A Matter Of Life And Death' Prelude from the film

4:01
 Charles Williams
 

RONALD HANMER

15 

Olympic Games March

2:57
 Sidney Torch
 

EDWARD WHITE

16 

The Fairy And The Fiddlers

3:26
 Jay Wilbur
 

FREDERIC CURZON

17 

Bonaventure

2:55
 Frederic Curzon
 

LOUIS ALTER

18 

American Serenade

4:09
 Meredith Wilson
 

LEIGHTON LUCAS

19 

Marche Fantastique

3:10
 Leighton Lucas
 

DON GILLIS

20 

Short Overture To An Unwritten Opera

4:07
 Rae Jenkins
 

ALBERT W. KETELBEY

21 

Royal Calvacade

2:42
 Louis Voss
 

EDWARD WARD

22 

Lullaby Of The Bells - Piano Concerto from the film 'The Phantom Of The Opera'

5:55
  Mantovani
 Guy Fletcher piano


In retrospect it is clear that the 1940s had a major impact on the way in which Light Music would develop in the remaining years of the 20th Century. The somewhat genteel world in which many composers involved in the genre were living was shattered when World War 2 broke out in September 1939. Although their style of music would still be appreciated, it had to compete with other developments which would invigorate what some believed was a fading niche of the music scene. A fresh impetus was provided by the likes of David Rose, George Melachrino, Percy Faith, Sidney Torch and Robert Farnon - his very first composition for Chappell is included in this collection. Notable film scores also rub shoulders with a rare Concerto for Piano and Orchestra - “El Alamein”, composed by Albert Arlen in tribute to the soldiers who fought in north Africa.
 

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*****
The fault has now been corrected - purchase with confidence. I shall be recommending this recording in a forthcoming Download Roundup which I write monthly for Musicweb International. One of my colleagues has already recommended the parent CD. B Wilson
B Wilson

*****
Caveat emptor - most of the tracks on this download cut out at around 2 mintutes 30 seconds into the track
B Wilson