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The City Atlas (1889) by Sidney Starr (1857-1925)
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of the Massey Collection of English Painting, 1946
Track(s) taken from CDA66868
Recording details: December 1995
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 1996
Total duration: 3 minutes 12 seconds

'For light music specialist and general music lover alike, this collection should prove pure delight' (Gramophone)

'Music that will make older readers revel in nostalgia and younger listeners discover an abundance of charming tunes that will spin around in their heads for days … An entrancing collection packaged in warm, ravishing sound' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The noble but under-rated tradition of British light music played to the manner born by Corp and his band who, if anything, improve on the original recordings' (Classic CD)

'Espléndido disco' (CD Compact, Spain)

The Devil's Galop
composer
signature tune for 'Dick Barton – Special Agent'

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Charles Williams (1893–1978) was born in London and was a violinist in concert, theatre and cinema orchestras before becoming a musical director in theatres and cinemas. This film experience led to him composing and scoring for many Gaumont–British films, of which his Dream of Olwen for the 1947 film While I Live became a classic. He also composed and conducted a wealth of short ‘mood’ pieces for the Chappell Recording Library. Many of these gained wide familiarity through their use as radio and television signature tunes. The suitably sinister Devil’s Galop was used as the signature tune for the radio serial Dick Barton—Special Agent.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996

Other albums featuring this work
'British Light Music Classics' (CDS44261/4)
British Light Music Classics
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