It was in 1863 that the history of the most perfect of operettas might perhaps be said to have begun. That year the Concordia, a journalists’ club in Vienna, had invited both Johann Strauss and the great Jacques Offenbach to contribute a new waltz to be played at their carnival ball.
Label: World Record Club T 187
No single team in Decca Records’ “phase 4” Stereo Line works harder at making records than does the “Aldrich Group” which, of course, includes the Pianist-Arranger-Conductor, Mr. Aldrich; Producers Hugh Mendl and Mark White; and Engineer Arthur “Butch” Bannister.
Label: Decca PFS 4028
“0 who can . . . wallow naked in December snow By thinking on fantastic summer’s heat?” (Shakespeare: King Richard II)
It may not be possible to feel warm in a British winter by merely thinking of some by-gone summer, but the music of Felix Mendelssohn and his orchestra on record is almost guaranteed to bring a vision of the sun to the most arctic climate. Hawaii! The very name conjures up a picture of waving palms, blue seas and sky and the surf creaming along the golden sand. Even the geography text-books fail to dispel the illusion and the atlas shows Hawaii as a string of islands, between twenty and thirty degrees north of the equator, set somewhere near the centre of the Pacific.
Label: Encore! ENC 142
His musical sights set on distant lands and faraway places, Werner Müller, who brought you such great previous “phase 4” stereo LP’s such as PERCUSSION IN THE SKY and HAWAIIAN SWING, has constructed a highly imaginative musical holiday for you in this, his latest and newest “phase 4” album. The orchestral globe-trotting takes us to Mexico, France, England, Brazil, Hawaii, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Japan, India and Turkey – and what a trip it is!
Label: Decca PFS 4029
An atmosphere of relaxation is a welcome thing these day,. I’ll leave a discourse concerning the tensions and turmoil of today’s ulcer-times to the sociologists; I just know it’s nice to hear pleasant sound. I like pretty music. But not wishy-washy music; not music obviously created to fill a cream puff and no more. You won’t find that kind of music in this album. You will find class A workmanship in both the arranging and performing categories.
Label: Society SOC 935
Jay Norman, whose brilliant piano-playing is featured on this album, and his colleagues are well-known to the American public, and we figure that it won’t be long before they are established as a household word in this country. Individually and as an ensemble, these players are familiar figures on television on the other side of the Atlantic and they have an enormous listening public on steam radio and disc. Here for the first time they are brought to the music-lover in this country, recorded in breathtaking realism by American engineers.
Every shading of their subtle and satisfying artistry is captured in this recording.
Record enthusiasts throughout the U.S.A. have been demanding a disc of smooth and sophisticated dance music. This record was the answer to that demand; a superbly balanced programme of all-time favourites from the past twenty years. Old and new, fast or dreamy, tunes of every variety are included. Whatever your taste you’ll find something here to bring back memories. This is popular music, styled to suit your every musical mood.
© Associated Recordings Company London, 1961
Label: Society SOC 933
The one fact about popular music which can be stated with authority and no serious risk of contradiction is that it travels in circles. The circles may be wide in circumference and it may take decades for pop music to return to the initial point of departure, but it inevitably does just that in the end. Those old enough to remember what was going on before the circular journey began usually scoff derisively at younger generations who enthuse about the ‘new’ trend or sound. The youngsters in turn tend to view these deprecating assertions with suspicion, often to the extent of actually checking up on whether Grandpa really did serenade Grandma in their courting days with the current No. 1 hit now recorded in a somewhat different manner by Willie Precipice.
Label: Liberty LBY 1184
George Arlt was born in 1928 in Berlin. He was one of the most prominent German orchestra leaders of the fifties and sixties.
“You are listening to well-known melodies played by George Arlt and his augmented string orchestra“: this announcement is heard almost daily from all German radio stations and heralds a transmission devoted to modern dance and light music of a most sophisticated kind. Alt recordings by this orchestra attain a standard of professional artistry far beyond the normal.
Arlt loves soft melodic lines but they must be rhythmical. The 35 year old conductor is a Berliner end a quiet and modest artist. Whether on the conducting podium or involved in the administration of a radio station, his art and not his sell is prominent. As a violinist he has a tone to satisfy the most demanding ear. From the violin, Arlt demands all. He comes from a family of musicians; his mother was a well-known pianist and his grandfather a repetiteur. No wonder then that his musical career began early. After many years of patient study and hard work, Arlt completed his studies at the famous Berlin High School for Music.
From 1940-1950 he was concert master of the Berlin Radio. He then continued his activities as concert master and violin virtuoso with the RIAS Dance Orchestra. In 1958 he formed the String Orchestra whose sound, through innumerable broadcasts, has become a household name to radio and television audiences throughout Germany, Arlt is one of the very few concert masters whose immense knowledge of the technique of violin playing has enabled him to weld his players into an orchestra of extraordinary refinement.
His “Venus Waltz,” “C’est si bon” and “La Mer” are magnificent examples of this. Here then, are twelve world-famous hits, enchantingly played by a great orchestra and superbly recorded.
Label: Realm RM 143
Magical oases in the endless ocean wastes. So we know the South Sea Islands from films. books and enticing travel brochures. Even the names of these islands have a magical, poetic sound: Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa. Their numbers go into thousands, these islands on the equator. They are divided by experts into three groups: Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. It is a legendary realm holding a powerful fascination.
The music of the islands draws us, in our imagination, to them. It is music which transcends the fluctuations of fashion and preserves its unique flavour and great popularity. The insidious melody of the South Seas envelops us in a mood of sun.drenched romanticism_ It is a mood difficult to define because elements of yearning, melancholy, gaiety and fulfilment are inextricably interwoven in this music.
This LP. seeks to communicate this mood through careful preparation and selection of the. most appropriate material. It is a record that will remain in ‘avow because the style and character of the music is authentic and unchanging. Whether it be the Moana Ouartet with Rudy Wairata or The Tahitis which bring the music to you, a special effort has been made to achieve the richest possible musical palette.
Label: Oriole RM 137