July 2000 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
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Collection: Salon Orchestral Favourites Vol.1
Salonorchester Schwnaen directed by Georg Huber
NAXOS 8.554756
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The Skater's Waltz op.183 (Waldteufel). Brise de mer Mattinata (Leoncavallo). Tango (Albeniz). Poeme (Fibrich). Melodie in F major (Rubinstein). Serenade No.1 (Drdla). Il bacio (Arditi). Drunt' in der Lobau (Strecker). Die Millionen des Harlekin - Serenade (Drigo). El relicario (Padilla). Spiel auf deiner Geige das Lied von Lied und Lust (Stolz). Wien du Stadt meiner Traume (Sieczynski). Serenata (Toselli). Sie horen Paul Lincke - Potpourri (Lincke)

Picture an inn in the Austrian Tyrol, a prince incognito as a commoner, gazes into the eyes of a beautiful maiden while they are serenaded by a gypsy orchestra and served by girls in fetching national costume. Imagine a late Victorian/Edwardian drama played out in a hotel lounge with a palm court orchestra playing in the background. Visualise a Spanish café with diners seated around a small dance floor on which the hero and heroine are dancing the tango. These are typical scenes we've seen in countless movies.

Ten to one, one of the melodies on this album will have been played by those on-screen bands. This is one of those albums where you recognise practically all the tunes but can't put a name to them. You will probably recognise one or two pieces by name and composer -- Rubinstein's Melody in F and Waldteufel's Skater's Waltz, especially. The composer's names are often familiar: Leoncavallo, composer of the popular opera, Pagliacci; operetta composer, Robert Stolz; Isaac Albéniz; Heinrich Strecker, and Paul Lincke whose tunes that make up the most substantial Suite, Potpourri are instantly recognisable.

The melodies are played elegantly and unselfconsciously in the true spirit of the original salon music by the ten-piece Salonorchester Schwann. This is an undemanding and very pleasant hour of undemanding music; an unashamed romantic and nostalgic wallow. This is a very good start to a new series and I look forward to succeeding issues. The contents of the album is given below


Ian Lace


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