The Picnic Party
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- Released: January 12, 2004
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Chandos
- 1.The Grasshopper's Dance, characteristic piece
- 2.There's a Ring Around the Moon
- 3.Black Eyes
- 4.Silver Birds, piccolo waltz with orchestra
- 5.Fiddlesticks Rag
- 6.I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles (interpolated into the Passing Show of 1918)
- 7.Get Out And Get Under
- 8.Schwarzwaldm„del, operetta: Parade of the Tin Soldiers
- 9.Humpty Dumpty, a novelty rag
- 10.Cinderella's Wedding, a dainty dance
- 11.Rag Doll, novelty foxtrot
- 12.Teddy Bears' Picnic, for orchestra
- 13.The Happy Frog, a humorous march
- 14.Pattering Feet, an intermezzo two-step
- 15.Dainty Miss, novelette foxtrot
- 16.Whistle for Me, a whistling serenade
- 17.In the Shadows
- 18.Polly, syncopated novelty
- 19.Down in Zanzibar, a two-step
- 20.The Ragtime Bass Player, characteristic novelty
- 21.Two Little Sausages (from The Girls of Gottenberg)
- 22.In a Persian Market, intermezzo-scene for chorus & orchestra
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Anthony Godwin (bass clarinet); Tony Purkis (vocals, violin); Linda Murray (soprano); Peter Witham (violin); John Braddock (flute, piccolo); Stuart Allen (clarinet); John Williams (oboe); Paul Searle-Barnes (piano); Kevin Rundell (double bass); Nigel Shipway (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Pat Godwin.
Recording information: Dorset, England (07/25/1980); Portsmouth Guildhall (07/25/1980); Portsmouth, Guildhall, Southampton, England (07/25/1980); Regent Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand (07/25/1980).
Director: Anthony Godwin.
The Palm Court Theater Orchestra appears to have no trouble playing any kind of music current during the first half of the 20th century, from gentle turn-of-the-century parlor music to hot swing from the 1940s and '50s. Both of these styles are featured on The Picnic Party and the music is pleasant enough, though the group doesn't take many chances. ~ John Bush
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