Mantovani vs. Percy Faith vs. Arthur Fiedler! (Part II) High Definition!

Mantovani was born in Venice, Italy and his father was the concertmaster of La Scala orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. His family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music in London. After graduation, he formed his own orchestra, which played in and around Birmingham. By the time World War II broke out, his orchestra was one of the most popular in UK, both on the BBC and in live performances.

He was also musical director for a large number of musicals and other plays, including ones by Noel Coward. After the war, he concentrated on recording, and eventually gave up live performance altogether. He worked with arranger and composer Ronnie Binge, who developed the “cascading strings” sound (also known as the “Mantovani sound”). His records were regulars in stores selling hi-fi stereo equipment, as they were produced and arranged for stereo reproduction. In 1952 Binge ceased to arrange for Mantovani, but his distinctive sound remained.

He recorded for Decca until the mid-1950s, and then London Records. He recorded over 50 albums on that label, many of which were top-40 hits. These included Song from Moulin Rouge and Cara Mia, which reached No. 1 in Britain in 1953 and 1954, respectively. The latter was also Mantovani’s first U.S. Top Ten hit.

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Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976) was a Canadian bandleader, orchestrator, composer and conductor, known for his lush arrangements of pop and Christmas standards. He is often credited with popularizing the “easy listening” or “mood music” format. Faith became a staple of American popular music in the 1950s and continued well into the 1960s. Though his professional orchestra-leading career began at the height of the swing era, Faith refined and rethought orchestration techniques, including use of large string sections, to soften and fill out the brass-dominated popular music of the 1940s.

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Arthur Fiedler (December 17, 1894 – July 10, 1979)[1] was a long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, a symphony orchestra that specializes in popular and light classical music. With a combination of musicianship and showmanship, he made the Boston Pops one of the best-known orchestras in the United States of America. Sometimes criticized for over-popularizing music, particularly when adapting popular songs or edited portions of the classical repertoire, but Fiedler kept performances informal and sometimes self-mocking to attract a bigger audience. – Wikipedia

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I’ll Be Seeing You – Percy Faith 1:21:161:25:36

And This Is My Beloved – Arthur Fiedler 25:3529:21

Ebb Tide – Percy Faith and His Orchestra 1:02:091:05:09

Little Bells And Big Bells (Glocke Und Glockchen) – Percy Faith and His Orchestra 1:54:091:56:14

Bonjour Tristesse – Percy Faith & His Orchestra 53:3456:19

Belle of the Ball – Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops 56:1958:59

April In Portugal – Les Baxter 40:0042:43

Around The World – Mantovani 51:2753:31

Fascination – Percy Faith 1:12:021:14:44

Baubles, Bangles and Beads – Percy Faith 22:1025:36

Begin The Beguine – Mantovani 1:31:261:34:49

Dixie – Arthur Fiedler 1:56:131:57:02

If Ever I Would Leave You – Percy Faith 1:44:571:48:30

A Man and a Woman – Arthur Fiedler 47:2651:24

And I Love Her – Arthur Fiedler 16:1618:38

Charmaine – Mantovani and His Orchestra 1:51:001:54:07

And This Is My Beloved – Percy Faith 13:1416:17

All My Love – Percy Faith 3:266:34

Beyond the Sea – Percy Faith 42:4447:25