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Clair De Lune / Waldteufel Waltzes

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Clair De Lune / Waldteufel Waltzes
Clair De Lune / Waldteufel Waltzes


Three Decca albums of popular Romantic classics remastered complete for this 2CD set, compiled for the first time. Recorded at London's Kingsway Hall early in 1957 and first released in the US by RCA Victor, 'Overtures in Spades' was a collection of operatic openers that enjoyed more popular currency then than they do now: Suppé's Light Cavalry still features on radio playlists, less so his overtures to Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna or The Queen of Spades, while three 19th-century pieces of polished craftsmanship by Adam, Auber and Hérold are hardly known today. Reissued as 'Overture! Overture!' the album took another 12 years to be incorporated within the Decca catalogue, though the reviewers had enjoyed the dynamic Decca sound of the original recording as well as the full-bodied, exciting performances of a London studio band under the directorship of Raymond Agoult, a seasoned, Hungarian-born conductor of popular and light classics. In 1958 Agoult and the New Symphony Orchestra made a second record for Decca, 'Clair de lune', featuring gentle Andantes and tender Adagios a Classic FM album before its time by the likes of Debussy, Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Massenet. Newly remastered from the original tapes, both albums are coupled on this Eloquence reissue with a rare LP of Waldteufel waltzes under the direction of another experienced, British-based session musician, the Australian-born Douglas Gamley. Waldteufel's art lay in combining the easygoing feel and nostalgic pull of the Viennese waltz with a more brilliant, French style of orchestration: a synthesis that endeared him to English audiences in particular. This collection fills out a portrait of the composer beyond the ubiquitous Skaters' Waltz to present six further waltzes and a Grenadiers march scored with surprising delicacy. 'The recording is a humdinger, with a resounding lower region, unbelievably powerful dynamics, excellent balance and marvellously sweet string tone.' High Fidelity, August 1958 (Overtures in Spades)


  1. Name
  2. Massenet Méditation
  3. Tchaikovsky Chant Sans Paroles*
  4. FaurÉ Pavane
  5. Elgar Dream Children
  6. Debussy Clair De Lune (Orch. Mouton)*
  7. J.S. Bachbantock Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme
  8. Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile
  9. Gluck Dance Of The Blessed Spirits*
  10. Massenet Le Dernier Sommeil De La Vierge
  11. Adam Si Jétais Roi Overture
  12. Auber Les Diamants De La Couronne Overture°
  13. SuppÉ Die Leichte Kavallerie Overture
  14. SuppÉ Ein Morgen, Ein Mittag, Ein Abend In Wien Overture*
  15. SuppÉ Pique Dame Overture*
  16. HÉrold Zampa Overture*
  17. Émile Waldteufel Les Patineurs Waltz
  18. Mon Rêve Waltz
  19. Toujours Ou Jamais Waltz
  20. Les Grenadiers Valse Militaire
  21. España
  22. Dolorès
  23. Pomone Waltz
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