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Track(s) taken from CDA66868

Elizabethan Serenade


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 20 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)
Ronald Binge (1910–1979) was born in Derby and worked his way from a position as cinema organist, orchestral pianist and piano-accordionist to arranger for the Mantovani Orchestra. As such he evolved the ‘cascading strings’ effect for which Mantovani became famous. A serious student of orchestration, Binge also experimented to good effect in his own compositions. Elizabethan Serenade (1951) builds two light but contrasted melodies upon an insistent rhythmic bass. The piece was introduced in a broadcast by the Mantovani Orchestra, became more widely known through its use as a radio signature tune, and went on to achieve popularity around the world.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996

Ronald Binge (1910-1979) vit le jour à Derby et fut organiste de cinéma, pianiste d’orchestre et accordeur de piano avant d’être arrangeur pour le Mantovani Orchestra. Cette dernière fonction lui valut de développer l’effet des ‘cordes cascadantes’, qui fit la célébrité de Mantovani. Etudiant l’orchestration avec sérieux, Binge expérimenta également de bons effets dans ses propres compositions. Son Elizabethan Serenade (1951) présente deux mélodies légères, mais contrastées, sur une basse rythmique insistante. Ce morceau, que le Mantovani Orchestra introduisit d’abord dans une émission, fut surtout connu comme indicatif radiophonique, avant de devenir populaire dans le monde entier.

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

Ronald Binge (1910-1979) wurde in Derby geboren und arbeitete sich vom Kino-Organisten, Orchesterpianisten und Akkordeonspieler zum Arrangeur des Mantovani Orchestra hoch. Als solcher entwickelte er die ‘Kaskadeneffekte’ der Streicher, für die Mantovani so berühmt wurde. Auch als ernsthafter Student, der sich mit der Instrumentation beschäftigte, experimentierte Binge auf recht wirkungsvolle Weise in seinen eigenen Kompositionen. Elizabethan Serenade (1951) ist auf zwei leichten, einander kontrastierenden Melodien über einem beharrlichen rhythmischen Baß aufgebaut. Das Stück wurde erstmals in einer Sendung vom Mantovani Orchestras gespielt und wurde später als eine Radio- Kennmelodie weltweit bekannt.

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

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