Jef­frey Biegel (pi­ano), BBC Con­cert Orches­tra/Leonard Slatkin Naxos Amer­i­can Clas­sics 8.559313

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

This disc launches a com­plete sur­vey of the or­ches­tral work of the Amer­i­can tune­smith Leroy An­der­son (1908-75). An­der­son had a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the Bos­ton Pops Orches­tra and wrote some of the clever­est, wit­ti­est and most pop­u­lar light classical mu­sic of the 20th cen­tury (his Blue Tango spent 15 weeks at the top of the hit pa­rade in 1952). You may not know all the ti­tles – Fid­dle-Fad­dle, Belle of the Ball, Bugler’s Hol­i­day, Clar­inet Candy – but you’ll no doubt recog­nise many of the tunes. The writ­ing in An­der­son’s one large-scale piece, the Pi­ano Con­certo of 1953, sounds more deriva­tive than orig­i­nal. This new col­lec­tion by long­time An­der­son ad­vo­cate Leonard Slatkin is not as stylish or pol­ished as the one he made for RCA in the mid 1990s. www.naxos.com

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