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Track(s) taken from CDA66968



New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Recording details: October 1996
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 13 seconds

Cover artwork: Boulter’s Lock, Sunday Afternoon, 1895 by Edward John Gregory (1850-1909)
Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside / Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight


'Should more than satisfy those who like a good tune! Many of the old favourites here will be forever associated with radio and television signature tunes … Nostalgia is the key to many of thse pieces, but a collection such as this reminds us that the thing which really binds this collection together is the quality of the music itself' (BBC Music Magazine)
Clive Richardson (1909–1998) was born in Paris of British parents and brought up in England. At the Royal Academy of Music he studied not only piano, orchestration and conducting but also organ, violin, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and timpani. He became active as pianist and arranger for various light orchestras as well as conductor for theatre revues of the 1930s and musical director for the singer Hildegard. In 1936 he joined Gaumont–British as assistant musical director, working alongside Charles Williams. He made his name as a composer with his London Fantasia, depicting London in wartime. His gift for light, bright, melodic pieces is well demonstrated by the relaxed Beachcomber (1949), depicting idle wandering along the sea-coast inspecting the debris washed up by the tide.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1997

Clive Richardson (1909-1998) naquit à Paris de parents britanniques et fut élevé en Angleterre, où il étudia à la Royal Academy of Music. Il y apprit non seulement le piano, l’orchestration et la direction, mais aussi l’orgue, le violon, la clarinette, la trompette, le trombone et les timbales. Pianiste et arrangeur pour plusieurs orchestres de musique légère, il dirigea des orchestres de revues théâtrales, dans les années 1930, et fut directeur musical de Hildegard. En 1936, il entra à la Gaumont-British comme assistant directeur musical et travailla aux côtés de Charles Williams. Il se fit un nom de compositeur avec sa London Fantasia, qui dépeint Londres en temps de guerre. Son don pour les pièces mélodiques légères, brillantes, est tout entier dans son décontracté Beachcomber (1949), tableau d’une errance distraite le long du rivage, en inspectant les débris rejetés par la marée.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 1997
Français: Hypérion

Clive Richardson (1909-1998) erblickte als Sohn britischer Eltern in Paris das Licht der Welt. Seine Erziehung genoß er jedoch in England, wo er später an der Royal Academy of Music neben Klavier, Instrumentierung und Dirigieren auch Orgel, Violine, Klarinette, Trompete, Posaune und Timpani studierte. Er trat daraufhin als Pianist, Arrangeur für verschiedene Unterhaltungsmusikorchester, Dirigent bei Theaterrevues in den 1930er Jahren und als musikalischer Berater der Sängerin Hildegard in Erscheinung. Im Jahre 1936 trat er als stellvertretender musikalischer Leiter in die Dienste von Gaumont-British und arbeitete dort mit Charles Williams zusammen. Mit seinem Werk London Fantasia, einem Portrait der Stadt London während der Kriegswirren, machte sich Richardson einen Namen als Komponist. Sein Talent für leichte, fröhliche und melodische Kompositionen kommt besonders in dem ruhigen Stück Beachcomber (1949) zum Vorschein – die Geschichte eines Spaziergangs am Meer und der Betrachtung von angeschwemmtem Strandgut.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1997
Deutsch: Manuela Hübner

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