Leroy Anderson The Best of Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
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- Released: November 18, 1997
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: MCA
- 1.Blue Tango, for orchestra
- 2.The Syncopated Clock, for orchestra
- 3.Jazz Pizzicato, for string orchestra
- 4.Jazz Legato, for string orchestra (or standard orchestra)
- 5.Plink, Plank, Plunk!, for string orchestra
- 6.Fiddle-Faddle, for string orchestra (or standard orchestra)
- 7.Trumpeter's Lullaby, for orchestra
- 8.Typewriter, for orchestra, The (with typewriters)
- 9.The First Day of Spring, for orchestra
- 10.Song of the Bells, for orchestra
- 11.Summer Skies, for orchestra
- 12.Forgotten Dreams, for orchestra
- 13.The Waltzing Cat, for orchestra
- 14.Bugler's Holiday, for orchestra
- 15.Sandpaper Ballet, for orchestra
- 16.Serenata, for orchestra
- 17.Sleigh Ride, for orchestra (or string orchestra)
- 18.Arietta, for orchestra (or string orchestra)
- 19.The Golden Years, for orchestra
- 20.Clarinet Candy, for orchestra
Full title: The Best Of Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Composer: Leroy Anderson.
Recording information: Manhattan Center, New York, NY (09/11/1950-06/20/1962); Manhatten Center (09/11/1950-06/20/1962).
This collects 20 of Leroy Anderson's best-known recordings. Anderson produced little "orchestral miniatures": original compositions that utilized much of the trappings of classical music put in the confines of a pop single. Decca Records signed him in 1950 to conduct his music for a gigantic, 55-piece orchestra (one that Anderson often said could never be put together in a live situation), producing pieces that were quirky ("The Syncopated Clock"), offbeat ("The Typewriter"), and just plain whimsical and fun ("Fiddle Faddle" and "Plink, Plank, Plunk!"). Best known of all is the title track, composed during a July heat wave in 1948. Though his music is seldom revived today, it was enormously catchy and popular in the pre-rock & roll days of pop music and sounds wonderful collected here. ~ Cub Koda
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