The Golden Age of Light Music: The Hall of Fame, Vol. 3

The Golden Age of Light Music: The Hall of Fame, Vol. 3


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The Guild label, based in Switzerland, has performed an enormous service with its Golden Age of Light Music albums. This large and expanding series covers the genre known as easy listening in the U.S., and it includes recordings by British, American, and sometimes Continental orchestras. It's not at all clear what makes this (and the other two discs so titled) a set of "Hall of Fame" selections, as the title proclaims; the booklet notes (in English only) give the contradictory explanations that "recognition should already have been given for outstanding achievement" but that "if only the most famous melodies and orchestras are considered worthy for a CD such as this, the result would probably be a rehash of what may have been done many times before." At any rate, those in search of a sampler from Guild's series will not find it here; they might do better with one of the Four Decades of Light Music albums, or perhaps the two Musical Kaleidoscope releases. The music here is actually more specifically focused than on most of the other albums in the series. Most of it dates from the late 1950s, a period when light music was entering a final, sometimes mannered efflorescence in advance of its temporary eclipse by rock styles. There are especially brilliant orchestrations from this period; hear the uniquely heavy string pizzicato rhythms in counterpoint with maracas, and the subtle entrance of the main theme, in the version of Ernesto Lecuona's "Love and the World Loves with You" by Richard Hayman & His Orchestra. There are also, especially in the American selections, examples of the syrupy sound that helped do the genre in. Unusually for Guild's series, this album includes a segment devoted to a single orchestra leader, George Melachrino, represented not only with his own Melachrino Orchestra but with the San Remo Festival Orchestra. These date from between 1947 and 1958 (from the latter year comes a fine version of the "Warsaw Concerto"). With the proviso that it's not the right place to start, fans of Guild's series will find enjoyable items here.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
Label: Guild
UPC: 0795754516227
catalogNumber: 5162
Rank: 233623

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Coates   Conductor
Morton Gould   Conductor
Percy Faith   Conductor
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Freddy Martin   Conductor
Sidney Torch   Conductor
Billy Vaughn   Conductor
Richard Hayman   Conductor
George Melachrino   Conductor
Ray Martin   Conductor
Ron Goodwin   Conductor
Albert Sandler   Conductor
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Geraldo   Conductor
Henri René   Conductor
Hugo Winterhalter   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
David Rose   Conductor
Helmut Zacharias   Conductor
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Freddy Martin & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Henri René & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Green   Conductor
Queen's Hall Light Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Richard Hayman & His Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Conrad Salinger Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Kingsway Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams & His Concert Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Melachrino Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Palm Court Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
William Hill-Bowen   Piano
Billy Vaughn's Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins   Performing Ensemble
David Carroll   Conductor
Tip Top Tunes Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Charles Williams   Conductor
Philip Green's Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Carroll Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ron Goodwin & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
David Rose Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Nelson Riddle Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Morton Gould Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ray Martin Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
San Remo Festival Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Richard Addinsell   Composer
Eric Coates   Composer
Morton Gould   Arranger
Victor Herbert   Composer
Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Franz Lehár   Composer
Percy Faith   Arranger
Sidney Torch   Composer
George Melachrino   Arranger,Composer
Ron Goodwin   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Robert Farnon   Composer
Hugo Winterhalter   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Composer
David Rose   Composer
Conrad Salinger   Arranger
Lee Gillette   Composer
Angela Morley   Arranger
Guy Luypaerts   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Ronald Binge   Composer
Robert Katscher   Composer
Charles Wildman   Composer
James Lyman Molloy   Composer
Reginald King   Composer
José Belmonte   Composer
Charles Williams   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
Virgilio Panzuti   Composer

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