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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 10 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 Teddy Bears' Picnic
composer
1907
arranger

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
John W Bratton (1867–1947) came from Wilmington, Delaware, and had experience as a baritone soloist, actor and theatre manager as well as as a composer of theatre music and novelty pieces. His most successful compositions were In a Cosey Corner (1901) and, above all, the novelty piece The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (1907). This latter enjoys the curiosity of being an American instrumental composition but a British song, having had words added for London dance-bands during the 1930s. Here we hear it in the splendid original orchestration, with its remarkable bear growls and delightful string touches, by Frank Saddler (died 1921) who also orchestrated many of Jerome Kern’s early shows.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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