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Track(s) taken from CDA66868

The Boulevardier


New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Recording details: December 1995
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 1996
Total duration: 3 minutes 55 seconds

Cover artwork: The City Atlas (1889) by Sidney Starr (1857-1925)
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of the Massey Collection of English Painting, 1946


'For light music specialist and general music lover alike, this collection should prove pure delight' (Gramophone)

'Music that will make older readers revel in nostalgia and younger listeners discover an abundance of charming tunes that will spin around in their heads for days … An entrancing collection packaged in warm, ravishing sound' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The noble but under-rated tradition of British light music played to the manner born by Corp and his band who, if anything, improve on the original recordings' (Classic CD)

'Espléndido disco' (CD Compact, Spain)
London-born, Frederic Curzon (1899–1973) studied violin, cello, piano and organ, became pianist in a London theatre orchestra, and by the age of twenty was conducting and composing for silent films. He eventually became the head of the light music department of the publisher Boosey & Hawkes, for whom he composed his most successful compositions. Of these, The Boulevardier (1939)—a jaunty portrayal of a Parisian man-about-town—became especially well loved.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996

Frederic Curzon (1899-1973) fut un autre compositeur de musique légère éminemment bien ouvragée. Né à Londres, il étudia le violon, le violoncelle, le piano et l’orgue, et devint pianiste dans un orchestre de théâtre londonien. A vingt ans, il dirigeait et composait pour des films muets. Après quoi il devint chef du département de musique légère de l’éditeur Boosey & Hawkes, pour qui il composa ses œuvres les plus célèbres. Parmi elles, The Boulevardier (1939), portrait allègre d’un mondain parisien, fut particulièrement appréciée.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 1996
Français: Hypérion

Frederic Curzon (1899-1973) war ein weiterer Komponist, der einige besonders gutkomponierte Beiträge zur Unterhaltungsmusik leistete. In London geboren, studierte Curzon Violine, Cello, Klavier und Orgel, wurde Pianist in einem Londoner Theaterorchester und dirigierte und komponierte als Zwanzigjähriger Musik für Stummfilme. Er wurde schließlich Leiter der Abteilung für Unterhaltungsmusik des Verlages Boosey & Hawkes, für den er die meisten seiner erfolgreichen Kompositionen schrieb. Von diesen erreichte The Boulevardier (1939) – ein fröhliches Porträt eines Pariser Mannes von Welt – besondere Beliebtheit.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt

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