quinta-feira, 31 de maio de 2012

Percy Faith and His Orchestra - Younger Than Springtime

  1. Some Enchanted Evening
  2. Laura
  3. Begin The Beguine
  4. Deep Purple
  5. Summertime
  6. Younger Than Springtime
  7. Where Or When
  8. I Loved You Once In Silence
  9. If Ever I Would Leave You
  10. Tenderly
Younger Than Springtime

terça-feira, 29 de maio de 2012

Franck Pourcel Grand Orchestre - "Les Grands Airs d'Opéras" - Pages Célèbres - Vol. 13

  1. Romeo et Juliette (C. Gounod)
  2. Les Pecheurs de Perles (G. Bizet)
  3. Rigoletto (G. Verdi)
  4. Carmen ("Habanera") (G. Bizet)
  5. Tannhauser (R. Wagner)
  6. Le Roi D'Ys (E. Lalo)
  7. Nabucco ("Va Pensiero") (G. Verdi)
  8. Norma (Bellini)
  9. Don Juan (W. A. Mozart)
  10. Les Noces de Figaro (W. A. Mozart)
Pages Célèbres 13

Franck Pourcel et Son Grand Orchestre - Pages Célèbres - Vol. 12

  1. Valse de Coppelia (Leo Delibes)
  2. Marche Hongroise ("Le Damnation de Faust") (H. Berlioz)
  3. Greensleeves (Traditional)
  4. Valse Nº 3 en La Mineur, Op. 34 Nº 2 (F. Chopin)
  5. Jesus, Que Ma Joie Demeure (J. S. Bach)
  6. Te Deum ("Thème") (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  7. Bolero (M. Ravel)
  8. Menuet ("L'Antique") (Pederewski)
  9. Au Matin ("Peer Gynt") (E. Grieg)
  10. Concerto Pour Mandoline ("Largo") (A. Vivaldi)
Pages Célèbres 12

sábado, 26 de maio de 2012

Franck Pourcel et Son Grand Orchestre - Pages Célèbres - Vol. 11

  1. Granada (A. Lara)
  2. Sur Un Marche Persan (A. W. Ketelbey)
  3. Ballet Egyptien Nº 1 (A. Luigini)
  4. Concerto Pour Deux Mandolines (Andante) (A. Vivaldi)
  5. España (E. Chabrier)
  6. Dans Le Jardin D'Un Monastere (A. W. Ketelbey)
  7. Aida (Les Trompettes D'Aida) (G. Verdi)
  8. Concerto de Noel (A. Corelli)
Pages Célèbres 11

quarta-feira, 23 de maio de 2012

Melachrino's Magic Strings - More Light Classics In Stereo

  1. Traumerei (Schumann)
  2. Waltz Dream
  3. Take A Pair Of Sparkling Eyes
  4. Lovely Lady
  5. Poeme
  6. Last Spring
  7. El Relicario
  8. I Dream Too Much
  9. Humoresque
  10. Sand In My Shoes
  11. Two Guitars
  12. A Handful Of Stars
Light Classics

The very name "Melachrino" carries a musical ring; "Music By Melachrino" has rung throughout Britain (where the BBC Network broadcasts a radio show by that name) and the United States for a number of years.

A native of Britain, George Melachrino has spent his life surrounded by melody. When George was four years old, his step-father - a theatre orchestra conductor - taught him to play on a miniature violin. Later, he entered Trinity College Of Music where he concentrated on the study of string instruments and chamber works. Having mastered the violin, viola and cello, Melachirno directed his talents toward the wind instruments - the oboe, clarinet and saxophone, and eventually became proficient on every orchestral instrument except the harp and piano.

At the age of eighteen, he sang solos from the Savoy Hill Studios in England, having added singing to his range of accomplishments.

In 1939, George appeared with his own dance band at the Cafe De Paris in London, also broadcasting regularly for the BBC Radio Network. After several months, the gathering war clouds prompted Melachirno to lay down his baton and volunteer for duty. Assigned to the War Office, he was responsible for recording musical programs for broadcasting to British troops overseas. Promoted to musical director of the British Band of the A.E.F., George Melachrino and his musical military aggregation gained a distinguished reputation among troops and civilians alike, looking for relief from the stress and strain of wartime. Music in the Melachrino manner provided the perfect means of relaxation and respite from the noises of war.

At the close of the war, Melachrino gathered his finest military musicians around him, and launched upon a post-war musical career which has seen his name elevated to the top ranks of melodic fame. In addition to his other achievements, Melachrino is a gifted composer and arranger, working in such media as movies, radio, theatre, the ballroom, and television. In the United States, he has become particularly well-known since the war of his recordings of music in the mood tradition.

To millions of people, the magic name of Melachrino has become synonymous with beautiful music - the proof is in the listening!

(Rick Ward, from the original liner notes)

sábado, 5 de maio de 2012

Mario del Monaco & Mantovani - A Song For You

  1. Serenade (From "The Student Prince")
  2. Musica Proibita
  3. Love's Last Word Is Spoken (Parlami D'Amore Mariú)
  4. Ti Voglio Tanto Bene
  5. Tonight (From "West Side Story")
  6. Catari, Catari (Core 'N Grato)
  7. Be My Love
  8. Girls Were Made To Love And Kiss
  9. Cara Mia
  10. Lolita
  11. The White Dove (From "Gysy Love") (F. Lehár)
  12. Ciao Ciao Bambina
A Song For You 

The stentorian dramatic tenor of Mario del Monaco was heard throughout the world during the 1950s and 1960s. While often berated by critics for his unsubtle vocal production, del Monaco was a favorite of audiences who appreciated his power and sincerity of approach while tackling the heaviest roles in the Italian tenor repertory. A contract with Decca (London in the United States) produced a long series of recordings, many of them in partnership with Renata Tebaldi, and most of which have been reissued in CD format.

After having studied the early recordings of many tenors, del Monaco studied for a short time at the Pesaro Conservatory before gaining entry in 1935 to the school attached to the Rome Opera, largely through the urging of conductor Tullio Serafin. His formal debut occurred in 1941 at the Teatro Puccini as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly -- while on leave from the army. Engagements were quickly forthcoming once WW II ended. A successful Radames (Aïda) at Verona was followed by appearances at Covent Garden with the Neapolitan Opera (Canio, Cavaradossi, and Pinkerton). Central and South America offered performances in Mexico City, at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and in Rio de Janeiro.

His North American debut took place at the San Francisco Opera as Radames in 1950. He was thereupon engaged by Rudolf Bing for a November 1950 appearance at the Metropolitan as des Grieux in Manon Lescaut. Subsequently, he sang more than 100 performances at the Met over the course of seven seasons, appearing also at Chicago's Lyric Opera during the 1950s. In that time, del Monaco became the world's leading Otello, performing the role (according to his own tally) 427 times. Other roles which formed the core of his repertory included Enzo in Ponchielli's La Gioconda, the title role in Giordano's Andrea Chénier (next to Otello perhaps his most authoritative role), Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, Don José and Saint-Saëns' Samson (despite his less-than-fluent French), Verdi's Ernani, Dick Johnson in Puccini's La fanciulla del West and Pollione in Bellini's Norma. In Italy, he occasionally ventured into the Wagnerian repertory, although these performances were sung in Italian. He did, however, record Siegmund's "Winterstürme" from Die Walküre in German. It was not regarded as a success.

From the 1960s to his retirement from the stage in 1973, del Monaco increasingly confined his appearances to Italy, although he continued to record for Decca. His Loris in Giordano's Fedora (with Magda Olivero as the heroine) was taped when the singer was in his mid-fifties, by which time his voice had lost what little pliancy it had possessed earlier.

Among del Monaco's most prominent recordings are his two as Otello, each with the same principals (Tebaldi as Desdemona and Aldo Protti as Iago), but the second with Herbert von Karajan as conductor. His Andrea Chénier was preserved by Decca with Tebaldi as Maddalena and Ettore Bastianini as Gérard as well as in a live recording from Tokyo with Tebaldi and Protti.

The un-orthodox method of vocal production favored by del Monaco allowed him an overwhelming measure of strength in his middle and upper-middle registers, but lent a metallic buzz to his timbre and precluded his singing softly. Still, critics, following his death, rued his passing as they recalled performances of unsurpassed excitement.

(by Erik Eriksson from allmusic.com)

terça-feira, 1 de maio de 2012

101 Strings Orchestra - Songs Of England - Conducted by Jack Dorsey

  1. The British Grenadiers
  2. Sweet And Low
  3. London Bridge Is Falling Down
  4. Strawberry Fayre
  5. John Peel
  6. The Helston Floral Dance
  7. What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor
  8. Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be
  9. On The Banks Of Allen Water
  10. Sweet Lass Of Richmond Hill
  11. Medley: Sally In Our Alley / Pretty Little Polly Perkins / Sweet Polly Oliver
Songs Of England

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