GLCD 5196 – Melodies For The Starlight Hours
Keene Sentinel, Brattleboro Reformer, 23-2-2013
‘MELODIES FOR THE STARLIGHT HOURS’ IS A WINNER
Melodies for the Starlight Hours — I have reviewed about half of the 195 CDs that make up the fabulous The Golden Age of Light Music Series on the Guild label. Now that one of the loveliest of them all, “Melodies for the Starlight Hours” has arrived this side of the Atlantic, all I can do is list some of the 25 selections found on this disc.
Since the organization is by theme, we have moon songs (“Orchids in the Moonlight,” “Moonlight Becomes You,” “Moon over Miami”), night songs (“I Could Have Danced all Night,” “How Beautiful is the Night,” “During One Night”), as well as direct references to nighttime (“When Day is Done,” “Midnight Tango,” “Cocktails by Candlelight”). Some titles just seem to fit, if you stretch things (“Lonely Room,” “A Tender Mood,” “Melody for Lovers”).
Among the conductors are Laurie Johnson, Percy Faith, Andre Kostelanetz, Morton Gould and David Rose. Only five of the tracks are in stereo, and the running time is a generous 78 minutes. Grab this one for casual listening and for quiet gatherings.
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For The Starlight Hours is no exception. The Ambrose Orchestra conducted by Laune Johnson gets the selection off to a great start with When Day Is Done and later Angela Morley (formerly known as Wally Stott), George Melachrino, and Peter Yorke all contribute as composers or conductors. The romantic ambience is maintained through all 25 tracks of which a special favourite for me was Orchids In The Moonlight, beautifully performed by the Robert Farnon Orchestra. If you are planning an evening in with someone special take my advice and get this CD.