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Cole PORTER

Begin The Beguine
Benjamin FRANKEL/PURCELL

Carriage And Pair
Sydney BAYNES

Destiny Waltz
Nicholas BRODSZKY

The Way To The Stars – theme from the film
Morton GOULD

Tropical
Richard ADDINSELL

Blithe Spirit – Waltz Theme – from the film Whirlwind - arranged Ronald BINGE
MANTOVANI

September Nocturne – with Arthur Sandford, piano
STANLEY/BORGUNO/ARRES

The Timbalero – Rumba
Phil CARDEW

Passing Clouds
Pedro MANILLA

Blue Mantilla
Dennis FERN

Flying Saucers (Bees in the Bonnet) – with Arthur Sandford, piano
A VILLOLDO

El Choclo (Kiss Of Fire) (arranged Barry)
Adrian ROSS/Lao SILESU

Love Here Is My Heart
DOELLE/MAIR

When The Lilac Blooms Again
Oscar STRAUSS, DUCREUX, PURCELL Love’s Roundabout (La Ronde de L’Amour)
E DONATO

A Media Luz
Zdenek FIBICH

Poème (My Moonlight Madonna)
Alfons CZIBULKA

Love’s Dream After The Ball
BERGER

Amoureuse (So Madly In Love)
Paul REMY/Felix KING

Chiquita Mia
BIXIO/SIEVIER

Love’s Last Word Is Spoken
Josef RIXNER

Blauer Himmel
HEUBERGER/COCHRAN

Suddenly (Im Chambre Separeé)
Ian STEWART

The Whistling Boy
HANNAH/WILLIAM/KENNEDY

The Agnes Waltz
Mantovani and his Orchestra
Recorded 1943-53
GUILD LIGHT MUSIC GLCD 5110 [77.44]


Britain benefited enormously from expatriate Italian musicians. Both Mantovani and Campoli came to London within a year or so of each other, aged no more than six, as their musician fathers sought better employment prospects. Both men’s careers began similarly; prodigiously talented, early training (in Mantovani’s case at Trinity) and early debuts. Both gravitated towards the light field, restaurants and theatre bands, and grew to fame. Of course Campoli’s ambitions lay elsewhere but Mantovani’s career in light music was long lasting and famously productive.

It helped that he also played the piano and that he had such fine arrangers. It was Ronald Binge who was largely responsible for the Cascading Strings, that glamorous waterfall that was so much a part of the Sound. But there was much else; the standard of musicianship in all sections was high, the songs were snappy and brightly contoured and Mantovani had an ear for piquant colour. So Begin the Beguine is here – of course – as is The Way to the Stars with its fine strings but there’s also the Noel Coward selection, with the Waltz from Blithe Spirit proving to have a sultry wash of fiddles and notable clarinet. Binge’s Whirlwind is rousing stuff and there’s some ruminative, romantic piano in Mantovani’s own September Nocturne. He wrote quite a fair amount, often under pseudonyms, and this one shows his sensitive palette and romantic affiliations. With Flying Saucers (Bees in the Bonnet) we embrace the novelty genre and there’s the tang of the accordion in the promisingly titled El Choclo (Kiss of Fire). We can sample the Binge-Mantovani strings at their most cascading in Love’s Roundabout – and the band at its most soupy in Fibich’s Poème (a performance that would have made a Palm Court fiddler blush). To balance that there’s the rococo charm of Ian Stewart’s The Whistling Boy which like the rest of this programme was recorded in the decade between 1943 and 1953.

Mantovani’s was the top band of its type and here’s a fine selection of its Deccas. I have a strong feeling that the discs could yield more treble than they do in these transfers; there’s been just a little too much noise reduction and that’s squeezed a bit of the air from them. Still, that’s a relatively small matter; there’s no surface noise in compensation.

Jonathan Woolf

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