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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: 14 minutes 6 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)

Symphony No 5½ 'A Symphony for Fun'
composer
1948

Spiritual?  [3'30]
Scherzofrenia  [3'13]
Conclusion!  [3'46]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Don Gillis (1912–1978) hailed from Cameron, Missouri, and studied trombone and conducting at university in Texas. He became staff trombonist for a Fort Worth radio station and went on to conduct bands and orchestras throughout the United States. From 1944 to 1954 he was programme arranger for the National Broadcasting Company, producing Toscanini’s radio broadcasts. His compositions span both the popular and serious fields, embracing symphonies and piano concertos. His light-hearted attitude to classical tradition is demonstrated in the Symphony No 5½ (1948). Styled ‘A Symphony for Fun’, it embraces the classical symphonic four-movement structure in some fifteen minutes without ever becoming weighed down by conventional symphonic seriousness.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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