terça-feira, 27 de agosto de 2013

Werner Müller and His Orchestra - Wild Strings

  1. The Breeze and I
  2. Dance Ballerina Dance
  3. Hora Staccato
  4. Moonglow
  5. Ritual Fire Dance (M. de Falla)
  6. Alla En El Rancho Grande
  7. T.D's Boogie Woogie
  8. Granada
  9. Vilia
  10. How High the Moon
  11. Lady of Spain
  12. The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise
Wild Strings

The classics get their comeuppance and the pops rule the roost in this liverly pot-pourri of musical favorites, arranged and conducted by the renowned Werner Müller. the curtain raiser here, for instance, started life as "Andalucia", a mild-mannered piano piece by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, but it would never have seen the light of the Hit Parade had not Al Stilman adapted it, arranged it, renamed it, and otherwise coaxed it into the standard we now know as THE BREEZE AND I. The Andalusian motif reigns supreme also in Augustin Lara's enormously popular GRANADA, a tonal tapestry inspired by the vivid city in the foothills of the towering Sierra Nevadas; and surely it would take all the rains in the plains to dampen the ardor of THE RITUAL FIRE DANCE, the breathless excerpt from Manuel de Falla's tempestuous opera "Love, the Sorcerer".

Meanwhile, back at EL RANCHO GRANDE, the Latin flavor is tempered by a dash of American orchestration, and for final fulfillment of the Hispanica promise, we have Tolchard Evans' fanciful fling with the fair LADY OF SPAIN. Also from the medium-hair side of the musical coin comes the enchanting song of VILIA from Franz Lehar's operetta-ful account of the life, and more particularly the loves of "The Merry Widow"; and the scampering HORA STACCATO, magnum opus of an otherwise unherolded Roumanian composer named Gregor Dinicu.

From the world of Tin Pan Alley, Maestro Müller has extracted T. D's BOOGIE WOOGIE, a rollicking reminder of the heyday of Tommy Dorsey and Company, and in milder mood, Will Hudson's gently evocative portrait of MOONGLOW. A bit further off the beaten Alley, we find Morgan Lewis' tender HOW HIGH THE MOON which appeared first in "Two for the Show", a Broadway venture of 1940 that proved much less durable than its hit song; nor must we overlook THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE, the sensation of 1919, and the product of a most unusual collaboration indeed: Ernest J. Seitz, a Canadian concert-pianist and symphony conductor, and a budding thespian named Eugene Lockhart, who was soon to drop the "Eu" and become one of America's most beloved actors.

Such is the musical menu Werner Müller has concocted - a savory platter of tunes light and listenable, spiced with lively harmonies, and served with a full measure of orchestral sparkle. Harken herewith to the "Wild Strings"!.

(Robert Sherman, from the original liner notes)

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