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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: 2 minutes 51 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)

Belle of the Ball
composer
1952

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Undoubtedly the greatest exponent of American light orchestral music pure and simple was Leroy Anderson (1908–1975). Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was educated at the New England Conservatory and at Harvard University, and then played the double bass and became freelance conductor and arranger for the Boston Pops and other orchestras. It was in the years immediately after World War II that he produced a remarkably successful sequence of short orchestral pieces full of delightful melody and inventive effects and admirably reflecting his own modest and unassuming nature. One of the pieces is the lilting waltz Belle of the Ball (1952).

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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