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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 28 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)
Robert Docker (1918–1992) was born in Paddington, London, and studied piano, viola and composition at the Royal Academy of Music between 1937 and 1941. After army service he took up freelance activities, becoming valued as a highly reliable pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He was a particularly brilliant improviser at the piano. He broadcast a great deal, forming a two-piano duo with Edward Rubach for twelve years and becoming a familiar contributor to light music broadcasts right up to his death. Perhaps his most successful short piece was the sparkling Tabarinage (‘Buffoonery’), a sort of eccentric British view of the French can-can.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1997

Robert Docker (1918-1992) naquit à Paddington, Londres, et étudia le piano, l’alto et la composition à la Royal Academy of Music entre 1937 et 1941. Après son service militaire, il entreprit une carrière indépendante de pianiste – il était un improvisateur particulièrement brillant –, compositeur, arrangeur et chef d’orchestre très prisé. Il enregistra beaucoup, formant un duo de pianos avec Edward Rubach pendant douze ans, et resta, jusqu’à sa mort, un collaborateur régulier des enregistrements de musique légère. Peut-être sa petite pièce la plus célèbre fut-elle le pétillant Tabarinage, sorte de vision britannique et excentrique du cancan.

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

Zwischen 1937 und 1941 studierte der in Paddington, London, geborene Robert Docker (1918-1992) Klavier, Viola und Komposition an der Royal Academy of Music. Nach seinem Militärdienst war Docker freiberuflich tätig und gewann einiges Ansehen als äußerst beschlagener Pianist, Komponist, Arrangeur und Dirigent. Besonders bemerkenswert war jedoch sein brillantes Improvisationstalent am Klavier. Docker war an unzähligen Rundfunkübertragungen beteiligt, und zusammen mit Edward Rubach gründete er ein Klavierduo, das zwölf Jahre lang, bis zu Dockers Tod, große Beiträge zur Unterhaltungs­musik im Rundfunk leistete. Sein erfolgreichstes Kurzstück ist womöglich das spritzige Tabarinage (‘Clownerie’), eine eher exzentrische britische Betrachtungsweise des französischen Can-Can.

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

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