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Track(s) taken from CDA67148

Portrait of a flirt


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: 2 minutes 44 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)
Robert Farnon (1917–2005) was born in Canada and came to England as conductor of the Allied Expeditionary Forces Band in 1944. He was soon in demand as arranger and conductor, thanks particularly to a remarkable sequence of compositions which became highly popular in the late-1940s through exposure on radio—especially on the programme In Town Tonight. Among them was the aptly named Portrait of a Flirt (1947), which ends provocatively after flitting playfully between one rhythm and another.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2000

Robert Farnon, né au Canada en 1917, vint en Angleterre comme chef de l’Allied Expeditionary Forces Band, en 1944. Il fut bientôt un arrangeur-chef d’orchestre prisé, grâce surtout à une remarquable série de compositions, rendues fort populaires par la radio – et notamment par le programme «In Town Tonight» – à la fin des années 1940. Parmi ces morceaux figurait le bien nommé Portrait of a Flirt (1947), qui s’achève, de manière provocante, après être espièglement passé d’un rythme à l’autre.

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

Robert Farnon (1917-2005) stammt aus Kanada und kam 1944 als Dirigent der Militärkapelle Allied Expeditionary Forces Band nach England. Bald war er als Arrangeur und Komponist gefragt, was insbesondere einer bemerkenswerten Serie von Stücken zu verdanken ist, die Ende der 40er Jahre durch Rundfunksendungen (in erster Linie der Programmreihe ‘In Town Tonight’) höchst populär wurden. Darunter war auch das passend betitelte Portrait of a Flirt (1947), das nach spielerischem Wechsel zwischen verschiedenen Rhythmen einen provokanten Abschluß findet.

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

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