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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67067
Recording details: February 1998
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 1998
Total duration: 3 minutes 2 seconds

'These lovely old tunes have a freshness and charm akin to the best light-hearted literature or illustration from the same period. A splendid successor to the previous volumes' (Gramophone)

'These guys can take on the Boston Pops any day!' (Classic FM)

'A lovely, irresistible record' (Birmingham Post)

'Une collection indispensable aux amateurs du genre! (Diapason, France)

The Washington Post

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The marches of John Philip Sousa (1854–1932) are as much a staple part of any American light music collection as Strauss waltzes are of any European. The son of a Spanish-born father of Portuguese parentage and a Bavarian mother, Sousa was born in Washington DC. The Washington Post (1889) was one of his earliest worldwide hits and has remained one of the favourites. It was commissioned from him, as leader of the US Marine Band, by the newspaper of the same name for a ceremony attended by President Harrison on 15 June 1889 when awards were presented to winners of a schoolchildren’s essay competition run by the newspaper. The composition’s suitability for the fashionable two-step ensured its rapid worldwide fame. This recording uses an orchestral version by the British arranger Aubrey Winter (1870–1955).

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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