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The Golden Age of Light Music: Magical Melodies

The Golden Age of Light Music: Magical Melodies

Item No. GLCD 5170

Light Music

Price GBP 8.75 / USD

Medium: CD 
Release Date: 15.06.2010

Someone once said that the important thing which distinguished Light Music was the tune, rather than what you do with it. Listening to this collection he might have to change his mind, because the melodies on offer here would surely never sound so appealing without the magic woven in the glorious arrangements. Some are both arranged and composed by the same talented musician, such as the opening track Melody Fair, by that master of Light Music, Robert Farnon, and Mine At Last by the very talented, but lesser-known, Otto Cesana. Other memorable tunes have benefited from the attentions of brilliant arrangers Conrad Salinger, Paul Weston, Percy Faith, Bruce Campbell and others whose names are, sadly, unknown to us. The recordings come from the early 1940s to the late 1950s, a period when light music was subjected to many new influences, notably the emergence of new talents such as David Rose, Sidney Torch and the aforementioned Robert Farnon.


Tracklist and soundclips:
Title Composer Artist Time Play
01 Melody Fair Robert Farnon LESLIE JONES and his ORCHESTRA OF LONDON 2:28
02 Loveliest Of The Lovely Rudolf Friml 101 STRINGS Conducted by RUDOLF FRIML 3:53
03 Carnival Tango Joseph Kuhn DOLORES VENTURA, piano and the CARNIVAL ORCHESTRA 2:38
04 Autumn Nocturne Josef Myrow; Kim Gannon JOHN SCOTT TROTTER AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:44
05 Warum Nur, Warum? (Why Just Why?) Berking; Paulsen HANS GEORG ARLT AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:22
06 Long Ago And Far Away Jerome Kern, arr. Conrad Salinger THE CONRAD SALINGER ORCHESTRA Conducted by BUDDY BREGMAN 3:39
08 Mam'selle Edmund Goulding; Mack Gordon JOHN SCOTT TROTTER AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:37
09 Lullaby Of Broadway Al Dubin; Harry Warren FRANK CHACKSFIELD AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:41
10 I'm Thru With Love Matt Malneck; Fud Livingston; Gus Kahn, arr. Paul Weston PAUL WESTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:19
11 Lovely Lady Jimmy McHugh; Ted Koehler THE MELACHRINO STRINGS Conducted by GEORGE MELACHRINO 2:36
12 While We're Young Bill Engvick; Morty Palitz; Alec Wilder ANDRE KOSTELANETZ AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:07
13 If I Loved You Richard Rodgers GEOFF LOVE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:49
14 Return To Paradise (film theme) Ned Washington; Dimitri Tiomkin, arr. Percy Faith PERCY FAITH AND HIS ORCHESTRA 6:39
15 Underneath Tahitian Skies Ralph Siegel; Robert Mellin DOLF VAN DER LINDEN AND HIS ORCHESTRA (as 'VAN LYNN' on LP) 3:30
16 Too Soon Robert Harris, arr. Bruce Campbell BRUCE CAMPBELL AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:33
17 Mine At Last Otto Cesana OTTO CESANA AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:50
18 Scalinatella (Stay After School) Giuseppe Cloffi; Wilson CYRIL STAPLETON AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:13
19 Spring In Montmartre Larry Fotine MANTOVANI AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:26
20 Tonight Dorchas Cochran; Ralph Sterling, better known as David Carroll DAVID CARROLL AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:57
21 I'll Take Romance Ben Oakland; Oscar Hammerstein II DAVID ROSE AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:58
22 Eva Waltz Franz Lehár HARRY HORLICK AND HIS ORCHESTRA (as 'Rene Savard' on disc label) 2:43
23 On The Isle Of May (based on the Andante Cantabile from Tchaikovsky's Quartet in D Major) Andre Kostelanetz; David FRANK DE VOL AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:49
24 Without A Song Vincent Youmans, arr. Robert Farnon ROBERT FARNON AND HIS ORCHESTRA 3:02
25 Midnight In Paris (from the film 'Here's To Romance') Con Conrad; Herb Magidson LEWIS WILLIAMS AND HIS ORCHESTRA 2:48
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