Golden Age of Light Music: Bright Lights
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Label: Guild - Light Music
Cat No: GLCD5212
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th January 2014
This collection pays tribute to the many talented light music composers who contributed to the production music libraries operated by various London publishers to satisfy the requirements of professional users in the media. A few of the composers would have been known to music lovers at the time - one immediately thinks of Robert Farnon, Sidney Torch and Charles Williams. But many others were shadowy figures, well regarded by their peers, but whose names were largely unfamiliar to the general public.
This compilation features some of the best writers, although it must be acknowledged that many of their works have already appeared in the previous 111 CDs in this Guild Light Music series. But the fact that it is still possible to assemble such an enjoyable collection of their music illustrates the very high standards that they consistently achieved.
1. Bright Lights (Frank Sterling, real names Dennis Alfred Berry, Stuart Crombie): Brussels New Concert Orchestra conducted by F.G. Terby
2. Beachcomber (Clive Richardson): New Concert Orchestra conducted by Jack Leon
3. Hurly-Burly (Len Stevens): Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch
4. Trysting Place (Cecil Milner): The Harmonic Orchestra conducted by Hans May
5. Tempo For Strings (Bruce Campbell): Stuttgart Radio Orchestra conducted by Kurt Rehfeld ('Lansdowne Light Orchestra' On Disc Label)
6. Main Event (Michael Sarsfield, real name Hubert Clifford): Danish State Radio Orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon ('Melodi Light Orchestra conducted by Ole Jensen' On Disc Label)
7. Pastorale (Ronald Hanmer): New Century Orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch
8. Twentieth Century Express (Making Tracks) (Trevor Duncan, real name Leonard Charles Trebilco): New Concert Orchestra conducted by Frederic Curzon
9. Sagebrush (Dolf van der Linden, real name David Gysbert van der Linden): Dolf Van Der Linden and his Orchestra
10. Champs Elysees (Philip Green): Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch
11. Hydro Project (Charles Williams): Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon
12. Holiday Camp March (Jack Beaver): New Century Orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch
13. My Waltz For You (Sidney Torch): Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Sidney Torch
14. Pictures In The Fire (Robert Farnon): Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon
15. Practice Makes Perfect (Walter Stott): Telecast Orchestra conducted by Walter Stott
16. Prelude To A Play (Frederic Curzon): New Concert Orchestra conducted by Cedric Dumont
17. Rhythm Of The Clock (Peter Kane, real names Cedric King Palmer, Richard Mullan): London Promenade Orchestra conducted by Walter Collins
18. Procession (Vivian Ellis): Danish State Radio Orchestra conducted by Hubert Clifford ('Melodi Light Orchestra' on Disc Label)
19. Panoramic Prelude (Ernest Tomlinson): Crawford Light Orchestra
20. Paper Chase (Cyril Watters): Queen's Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams
21. Mayfair Parade (Jack Strachey): National Light Orchestra
22. Silks And Satins (Peter Yorke): L'Orchestre Devereaux conducted by Georges Devereaux
23. Marche Heroique (Walter Collins): London Promenade Orchestra conducted by Walter Collins
24. Race Day (Roger Roger): Roger Roger and his Champs Elysees Orchestra
25. Bold Horizons (Laurie Johnson): Group-Fifty Orchestra conducted by Laurie Johnson
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