MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH THE MANTOVANI ORCHESTRA features 27 remarkable easy listening tracks.
Annunzio P. Mantovani's long and fruitful musical career has been based in his ability to conduct and compose beautiful orchestral pop. Although this two-disc collection is completely made up of other composers' work, his choices are both traditional and bold, blending gorgeous music together with little concern for audience recognition. For example, despite the appearance of predictable choices from Henry Mancini and Andrew Lloyd Webber, he also manages to include Charlie Chaplin's "Limelight" and Lacalle's playful "Amapola." The album is a beautiful mix of music, and Mantovani's gift for putting a minor twist on the songs he performs is still evident, as "Over the Rainbow" proves in the latter half. Armed with 27 good songs and a wonderful group of musicians, Musical Journey With the Mantovani Orchestra is a recommended piece of light orchestral instrumentals. ~ Bradley Torreano