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Tesoro mio!

1890s; subsequently fitted with the English words 'Waltzing the hours away'

In the sunny south of Europe we meet Ernesto Becucci (1845–1905), who was born at Radicondoli in Tuscany and studied in Florence, where he also died. A successful teacher, his compositions were mostly in lighter style, among which several enjoyed considerable local success. It was above all the waltz Tesoro mio! (‘My treasure!’), dating from the 1890s, that gained him international acclaim, enjoying renewed popularity in Britain around 1950 when it was fitted with English words as ‘Waltzing the Hours Away’.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998

Dans le sud ensoleillé de l’Europe, nous rencontrons Ernesto Becucci (1845–1905), qui naquit à Radicondoli, en Toscane, et étudia à Florence, où il mourut. Professeur réputé, il composa essentiellement des pièces de style léger, dont plusieurs jouirent d’un succès local considérable. Ce fut surtout la valse Tesoro mio! («Mon trésor!»), datant des années 1890, qui lui valut une renommée internationale; vers 1950, elle connut un regain de popularité en Grande-Bretagne sous le titre «Waltzing the Hours Away».

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

Im sonnigen Süden Europas treffen wir Ernesto Becucci (1845–1905), der im toskanischen Radicondoli geboren wurde und in Florenz studierte, wo er auch starb. Er war ein erfolgreicher Lehrer, und seine Kompositionen hatten einen insgesamt leichteren Stil. Darunter waren auch einige lokale Erfolge. Internationalen Ruhm brachte ihm vor allem der Walzer Tesoro mio! („Mein Schatz!“) aus den neunziger Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts, der in Großbritannien um 1950 erneute Popularität genoß, als man ihn mit englischen Worten als „Waltzing the Hours Away“ unterlegte.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1998
Deutsch: Michael Stoffl


European Light Music Classics
CDH55477Archive Service


Track-specific metadata for CDH55477 track 11

Recording date
25 July 1997
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Oliver Rivers
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. European Light Music Classics (CDA66998)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: January 1998
    Deletion date: December 2012
    Superseded by CDH55477
  2. European Light Music Classics (CDH55477)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 2014
    Deletion date: June 2019
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