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Track(s) taken from CDA67148

Valse septembre

1909; as used in 'Titanic'
1909; as used in 'Titanic'

New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Recording details: August 1999
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Tony Faulkner & Oliver Rivers
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: March 2000
Total duration: 5 minutes 22 seconds

Cover artwork: The Haymarket Theatre, London by George Hyde Pownall (1876-1932)
Courtesy of Bourne Gallery, Reigate, Surrey / Fine Art Photographic Library, London


'Ronald Corp and the New London Orchestra play with their familiar accomplishment and affection and, if anything, an even surer grasp of pace than before. The CD is gratifyingly full and excellently recorded. More, please!' (Gramophone)

'Throughout, Corp … has one great asset – charm, and I defy you not to sit listening to these appealing morceaux without a permanent grin on your face' (International Record Review)

'Corp’s performances are sumptuous' (The Sunday Times)

'An artfully cherry-picked selection played with affection and zest, which will leave you with a warm glow – and perhaps a feeling of regret that no one writes music like this any more' (Classic FM Magazine)

'If you've a soft spot for this kind of repertoire you'll love it' (BBC CD Review)
French titles were very much in vogue at the time, as witness Valse Septembre (1909) by Felix Godin. One might wonder how a composer with such a French-sounding name finds a place in this collection; but that, too, demonstrates the mystique of anything French. It hides the identity of the more mundanely named Henry Albert Brown (c1864–1925), who under his nom d’artiste was, like Archibald Joyce, a popular dance-band leader before and after World War I. This waltz has recently enjoyed renewed exposure by featuring prominently among the period music played in the film Titanic. We hear it here in the original orchestration by Adolf Lotter (c1870–1942).

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2000

Les titres français étaient fort en vogue à l’époque, comme l’atteste Valse Septembre (1909) de Felix Godin. L’on pourrait se demander pourquoi un compositeur doté d’un nom à pareille consonance française figure dans ce recueil; mais voilà qui prouve, une fois encore, le côté mystique de tout ce qui est français. Car derrière ce nom se cache celui, plus banal, de Henry Albert Brown (ca1864-1925) qui fut, sous son nom d’artiste, un populaire chef d’orchestre de danse, à la même époque qu’Archibald Joyce. Cette valse, qui figure en bonne place parmi les pièces d’époque jouées dans le film Titanic, a récemment fait l’objet d’un regain d’intérêt. Nous l’entendons ici dans lorchestration originale d’Adolf Lotter (ca1870-1942).

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 2000
Français: Hypérion

Französische Titel waren zu jener Zeit ausgesprochen en vogue – Valse Septembre (1909) von Felix Godin beweist es. Man könnte sich fragen, wie ein Komponist mit derart französisch klingendem Namen in unsere Zusammenstellung aufgenommen werden konnte; dabei belegt auch das die Zugkraft alles Französischen, denn dahinter verbirgt sich der weniger exotisch benannte Henry Albert Brown (um 1864-1925), der unter seinem Künstlernamen ähnlich wie Archibald Joyce vor und nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg populärer Dirigent einer Tanzkapelle war. Der genannte Walzer hat sich jüngst dadurch in Erinnerung gebracht, daß er unter den zeitgenössischen Melodien, die im Film Titanic gespielt wurden, eine wichtige Stellung einnahm. Hier hören wir ihn in der Originalorchestrierung von Adolf Lotter (um 1870-1942).

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 2000
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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