The Golden Age of Light Music: European Tour

The Golden Age of Light Music: European Tour


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Few are liable to turn down a tour of Europe, whether it is a complicated affair led by an expert guide or a single ride on the Orient Express. Guild's The Golden Age of Light Music series offers a musical counterpart in its entry European Tour, featuring selections recorded between 1946 and 1958. Given the time period and theme, one might automatically conclude that such a collection might potentially drown in its own bathos, but with a couple of exceptions, the selection is actually quite lively throughout with some being very much so, such as David Rose's hyperactive "Roman Holiday." However, as these pieces are limited somewhat to descriptive references to places, most aren't musically very ambitious, although some that are might surprise you: Robert Farnon's dovetailing of "Comin' Thru the Rye" and "My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose," the so-called Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra (i.e. 101 Strings led by Joseph Kuhn) in their imaginatively arranged combination of "Passe Partout" and "El Gato Montes," and Guy Lumpaerts' weird "The Spider of Antwerp." The most adventurous track, however, is the original European hit version of Heino Gaze's "Tivoli-Melodie" by Werner Müller with its dense orchestration and speedy tape tracks; later this became a hit in America as well in a sanitized and straitened version by Lawrence Welk -- under the inexplicable title of "Calcutta" -- in the last pre-Beatles year of 1963. Although they are among the least adventurous items among the tracks here, there are also a couple examples of straight-ahead classical artists dabbling in lightweight fare; Hans Rosbaud and the Baden-Banden Symphony playing "When It's Spring in Baden-Baden" (say that five times real fast), and Swedish composer Hugo Alfvén conducting his own "Springtime in Roslagen." Needless to say, the places represented in this collection aren't in the 21st century what they were in the middle of the twentieth, when these recordings were made. As a result, Golden Age of Light Music: European Tour offers a European tour that's part-time travel as well.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
Label: Guild
UPC: 0795754516128
catalogNumber: 5161
Rank: 207577

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hugo Alfvén   Conductor
Mantovani   Conductor
Michel Legrand   Conductor
Werner Müller   Conductor
Sidney Torch   Conductor
Richard Hayman   Conductor
Tony Osborne   Conductor
Frank Chacksfield   Conductor
George Melachrino   Conductor
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Robert Farnon Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Victor Young   Conductor
Monty Kelly   Conductor
Joe Leahy Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Mantovani Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Michel Legrand & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Green   Conductor
Guy Luypaerts   Conductor
Ethel Smith   Organ
Cyril Stapleton   Conductor
Cyril Stapleton Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Danish State Radio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Rose   Conductor
Charles Williams & His Concert Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
New Century Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Melachrino Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Welton Young Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Baden Baden   Performing Ensemble
Hans Rosbaud   Conductor
Philip James Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Carroll   Conductor
Paris Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Cinema Sound Stage Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams   Conductor
Richard Benson Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Joe Leahy   Conductor
Monty Kelly Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Werner Muller & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Rose Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tony Osborne's Dancing Strings   Performing Ensemble
Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Hugo Alfvén   Composer
Victor Herbert   Composer
Anton Karas   Composer
Tony Osborne   Composer
Frank Chacksfield   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Georges Auric   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Robert Farnon   Composer
Heino Gaze   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Clive Richardson   Composer
Chester Conn   Composer
Kenneth Grant   Cover Art
Cyril Stapleton   Composer
Hubert Giraud   Composer
David Ades   Liner Notes
Ronald Hanmer   Composer
Cortez   Composer
David Rose   Composer
Flavien Monod   Composer
Rolf Arland   Composer
Frederick Peter Hargreaves   Composer
Alphonse Jean Ernest Mailly   Composer
Raul Ferrão   Composer
Mai Jones   Composer
Charles Williams   Composer
Guy Pierre Lafarge   Composer
Joe Leahy   Composer
G. Balsamo   Composer
Geoffrey Everitt   Composer
Paula Maria Vandebroek   Composer
Joseph Thobrither   Composer

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