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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: 7 minutes 47 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 Carousel Waltz

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) was another of the greatest composers of American popular song. New York-born, he enjoyed a remarkably long career that divides into two contrasted but equally successful periods. During the first period he composed delightful song-and-dance musicals with librettist Lorenz Hart. In the second, with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, he significantly extended the range of the American musical with works of unprecedented international success. One of the greatest of these was Carousel (1945), whose ground-breaking nature is demonstrated by its symphonic waltz which sets the scene for the show in place of the traditional medley overture. This recording uses the original orchestration by Don Walker (1907–1989).

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

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