American Classics - Anderson: Orchestral Favourites / Hayman

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Leroy Anderson's music once was so ubiquitous that anyone with even cursory contact with broadcast media could not help hearing it. So don't be surprised--especially if you're over 30--if you find your ears perking up quite often in recognition as you play this delightful disc. Those of us who played in high school bands and orchestras no doubt will have vivid memories of Bugler's Holiday or Trumpter's Lullaby, but for most listeners this collection will serve to attach names to tunes heard for years in supermarkets and shopping malls--tunes such as The Syncopated Clock, The Girl in Satin, and Blue Tango. Anderson applied his classical training to his love of jazz, which, combined with his uncanny instinct for good tunes helped him create a long series of "pops" hits. He was equally adept in both worlds, whether the European-style waltzing of Belle of the Ball (with its "blue note" trio), or the straight-from-the-dance-hall Jazz Pizzicato.


The disc opens with the Serenata (a cheeky knockoff of Gershwin's Cuban Overture) and closes with the ever-popular Sleigh Ride, here freed from those goofy lyrics and sounding more like its true self: a fine composition that can be enjoyed whatever the time of year. Anderson had a particular flair for musical depictions of everyday objects, such as the aforementioned clock, or the typewriter, or even sandpaper (in the Sandpaper Ballet). Whether object, animal (The Waltzing Cat), or body part (March of Two Left Feet), Anderson never abandoned his operative principle: make music fun! Richard Hayman's long experience in this specialized genre shows in his high-spirited, rhythmically smart, tonally tangy realizations with his orchestra. If you've been finding yourself bereft of smiles lately, purchase this Naxos disc and you'll get a whole hour's worth.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: 8559125


  • UPC: 636943912522


  • Label: Naxos


  • Composer: Leroy Anderson


  • Conductor: Richard Hayman


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra



Works:


  1. Serenata

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  2. Syncopated Clock

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  3. Penny-Whistle Song

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  4. The Typewriter

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  5. Saraband

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  6. Trumpeter's Lullaby

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  7. Fiddle Faddle

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  8. Forgotten Dreams

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  9. Blue Tango

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  10. Jazz Legato

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  11. Jazz Pizzicato

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  12. Phantom Regiment

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  13. Bugler's Holiday

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  14. The Waltzing Cat

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  15. March of the Two Left Feet

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  16. Promenade

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  17. Plink, Plank, Plunk!

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  18. Girl in Satin

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  19. Sandpaper Ballet

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  20. Belle of the Ball

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman


  21. Sleigh Ride

    Composer: Leroy Anderson

    Ensemble: Richard Hayman Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard Hayman