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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 28 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)

Chanson 'In love'

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Rudolf Friml (1879–1972) needs no introduction as composer of Rose Marie, The Vagabond King and other successful theatre shows. Educated at the Conservatory in his native Prague where he was a composition pupil of Dvorák, he became a fine pianist and, as such, accompanist to the violinist Jan Kubelík. After touring the United States with Kubelík in 1906 he remained there, appearing as soloist with major symphony orchestras before launching himself as composer of theatre and instrumental works. The principal melody of his Chanson (1918) enjoyed popularity in two further forms. It reappeared in 1923 in a foxtrot version as Chansonette, in which form it was included (along with MacDowell’s To a Wild Rose) in the celebrated 1924 Paul Whiteman concert of ‘symphonic jazz’ at the Aeolian Hall in New York which introduced George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. It finally reached its widest audience when Herbert Stothart arranged its melody into ‘The Donkey Serenade’ for the 1937 Hollywood film of Friml’s The Firefly. Here we hear the original composition. Subtitled ‘In Love’ and described as a ‘mélodie’, it features a passionate central section in contrast to the familiar main theme. This recording uses the original orchestration by Adolf Minot.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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