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Track(s) taken from CDA67067

Belle of the Ball


New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
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: 2 minutes 51 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)

'Hewitt’s Liszt interpretations are both refined and dramatic, very personal and technically flawless. For anyone keen on getting a new view of Liszt this is enriching listening.' (Pizzicato, Luxembourg)

Undoubtedly the greatest exponent of American light orchestral music pure and simple was Leroy Anderson (1908–1975). Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he was educated at the New England Conservatory and at Harvard University, and then played the double bass and became freelance conductor and arranger for the Boston Pops and other orchestras. It was in the years immediately after World War II that he produced a remarkably successful sequence of short orchestral pieces full of delightful melody and inventive effects and admirably reflecting his own modest and unassuming nature. One of the pieces is the lilting waltz Belle of the Ball (1952).

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

Le plus grand apôtre de la musique légère orchestrale américaine fut indubitablement Leroy Anderson (1908–1975). Né à Cambridge, Massachusetts, il fit ses études au New England Conservatory et à Harvard University puis joua de la contrebasse et devint chef d’orchestre et arrangeur indépendant pour les Boston Pops, entre autres. Juste après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, il produisit une série de brèves pièces orchestrales, au succès remarquable; regorgeant de mélodies ravissantes et d’effets inventifs, elles reflètent admirablement la nature modeste et humble de leur compositeur. Un de ces morceaux est la mélodieuse valse Belle of the Ball (1952).

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 1998
Français: Hypérion

Zweifelsohne der größte Vertreter schlichter und einfacher amerikanischer Unterhaltungsmusik für Orchester war Leroy Anderson (1908–1975). Der in Cambridge im Bundesstaat Massachusetts geborene Musiker studierte am New England Conservatory und in Harvard, spielte sodann den Kontrabaß und wurde freischaffenden Dirigent und Arrangeur für das Boston Pops und andere Orchester. In der Zeit unmittelbar nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg brachte er eine bemerkenswert erfolgreichen Reihe kurzer Orchesterstücke hervor, die voller herrlicher Melodik und einfallsreicher Effekte sind und sein eigenes bescheidenes und anspruchsloses Wesen vortrefflich widerspiegeln.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1998
Deutsch: Anke Vogelhuber

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