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Track(s) taken from CDA67067

The Teddy Bears' Picnic


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: 3 minutes 10 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)

John W Bratton (1867–1947) came from Wilmington, Delaware, and had experience as a baritone soloist, actor and theatre manager as well as as a composer of theatre music and novelty pieces. His most successful compositions were In a Cosey Corner (1901) and, above all, the novelty piece The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (1907). This latter enjoys the curiosity of being an American instrumental composition but a British song, having had words added for London dance-bands during the 1930s. Here we hear it in the splendid original orchestration, with its remarkable bear growls and delightful string touches, by Frank Saddler (died 1921) who also orchestrated many of Jerome Kern’s early shows.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

Baryton soliste, acteur et directeur de théâtre originaire de Wilmington, Delaware, John W. Bratton (1867–1947) fut également compositeur de musiques de scène et de nouveautés. Ses œuvres les plus célèbres furent In a Cosey Corner (1901) et, surtout, la nouveauté The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (1907), qui présente la curiosité d’être et une composition instrumentale américaine, main une chanson britannique, des paroles ayant été ajoutées pour les orchestres de danse londoniens, dans les années 1930. Nous l’entendons ici dans la splendide orchestration originale—avec ses remarquables grognements d’ours et ses délicieux touchers de cordes—de Frank Saddler (mort en 1921), qui orchestra, en outre, nombre des premiers spectacles de Jerome Kern.

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

John W. Bratton (1867–1947) kam aus Wilmington im Bundesstaat Delaware, und hatte Erfahrung als Bariton Solist, Schauspieler und Schauspieldirekter ebenso wie als Komponist von Bühnenmusik und „Novelty Pieces“, also als musikalische Scherze konzipierte Stücke—In a Cosey Corner (1901) und vor allem das „Novelty Piece“ The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (1907). Was an letzterem kurios ist, ist daß es sich um eine amerikanische Instrumentalkomposition, jedoch ein britisches Lied handelt, dessen Text Londoner Tanzbands in den 30er Jahren hinzugefügt hatten. Hier hören wir es in seiner wunderbaren Originalorchestrierung mit dem augefallenen Bärenbrummen und köstlichen Streichernoten von Frank Saddler (gest. 1921), der auch viele von Jerome Kerns frühen Shows orchestrierte.

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

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