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The Golden Age of Light Music: Highly Strung

The Golden Age of Light Music: Highly Strung

Item No. GLCD 5166

Light Music

Price GBP 5.10 / USD

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Medium: CD 
Release Date: 15.01.2010

Light music often relies upon the strings of the orchestra to carry the melody along, and some violinists must take a double-breath when they see the notes they are required to play in some arrangements. Yet often the most glorious sounds an orchestra can make are created in the string section, and the likes of David Rose (his Holiday for Strings made pizzicato so popular) have ensured that fresh ideas keep appearing as young musicians explore the full possibilities of the instruments. The title track Highly Strung was composed by a leading violinist, so maybe he knew a thing or two when he created his catchy tune. The fields of radio, television, the theatre and cinema are all areas in which light music thrives, and they are all represented in this compilation. Conductors such as Arthur Fiedler, Philip Green, Ronald Binge, Morton Gould, Robert Farnon and David Rose ensure that the strings – and all their musicians – are on top form.


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Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Pops Polka Jack Mason BOSTON ‘POPS’ ORCHESTRA Conducted by ARTHUR FIEDLER 2:47
02 Ring Ding Steve Race THE KNIGHTSBRIDGE STRINGS 2:33
03 Highly Strung George French GROUP-FORTY ORCHESTRA Conducted by ERIC COOK 2:17
04 Song Of Lisbon Sempre Que Lisboa Canta; Carlos Rocha ERIC JUPP AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:34
05 Paris Pullman Roger Roger THE PARIS STUDIO ORCHESTRA Conducted by PHILIPPE PARES 2:35
06 Sapphire (theme from the film) Philip Green PINEWOOD STUDIO ORCHESTRA Conducted by PHILIP GREEN featuring JOHNNY DANKWORTH, saxophone 2:51
07 Le Soir (I’d Love To Fall Asleep) Louis Felix Marie Gasté BORIS SARBEK AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:06
08 Afraid To Dream Mack Gordon; Harry Revel, arr. Ronald Binge RONALD BINGE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:59
09 Jack In The Box Fred Hartley FRED HARTLEY AND HIS MUSIC 2:17
10 Gay Spirits David Rose DAVID ROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:37
11 Sheerline Kurt Schick THE SYMPHONIA ORCHESTRA Conducted by CURT ANDERSEN 2:38
12 Little Miss Molly Robert Farnon TELECAST ORCHESTRA Conducted by ROBERT FARNON 3:01
13 Stumbling Zes Confrey MORTON GOULD AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:12
14 Cry Of The Wild Goose Terry Gilkyson, arr. Philip Green PHILIP GREEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:30
15 Whirlwind Otto Cesana OTTO CESANA AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:14
16 Life In New York Bernie Wayne, real name Bernard Weitzner MONTY KELLY AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:49
17 Sunshine Beguine Frank Chacksfield THE SYMPHONIA ORCHESTRA Conducted by CURT ANDERSEN 2:42
18 Gigue Ecossaise (Scottish Jig) Gérard Calvi, real name Grégoire Elie Krettly GÉRARD CALVI AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:45
19 Sentimental Magic Paul Dubois, real name Clive Richardson TELECAST ORCHESTRA Conducted by CHARLES WILLIAMS 3:12
20 All Strung Up Ron Goodwin RON GOODWIN AND HIS CONCERT ORCHESTRA 2:22
21 The Honeymoon Song (from the film “Honeymoon”) Mikis Michel Theodorakis MANUEL AND THE MUSIC OF THE MOUNTAINS (‘Manuel’ is actually GEOFF LOVE) 2:21
22 Limelight Waltz Albert Marland GROUP-FORTY ORCHESTRA Conducted by ERIC COOK 2:38
23 Ma Belle (from “The Three Musketeers”) Rudolf Friml GEOFF LOVE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:03
24 The Wonderful Country (theme from the film) Alex North HOLLYWOOD STUDIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Conducted by MITCHELL POWELL 2:13
25 Toy Violin Charles Williams QUEEN’S HALL LIGHT ORCHESTRA Conducted By CHARLES WILLIAMS 1:26
26 A Blues Serenade Mitchell Parish; Frank Signorelli AXEL STORDAHL AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:43
27 Perpetual Notion Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:30
28 A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody Irving Berlin, arr. Peter Yorke PETER YORKE AND HIS CONCERT ORCHESTRA 3:28
29 Park Avenue Fantasy (underscore from film soundtrack “Some Like It Hot”) Adolph Deutsch STUDIO ORCHESTRA Conducted by ADOLPH DEUTSCH 4:03
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