Swing The Clas­sics

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The 26 tracks in­clude: • Bach Goes to Town • Moon­light Sonata • En­trance of the Lit­tle Fauns • March of the Toys • Who is Sylvia? • Can Can Polka • Hu­moresque • Skaters Waltz • Song of In­dia • Lieben­straum • Blue Danube • On the Road to Man­dalay • Hun­gar­ian Dance No. 5 • Pre­lude in C- Sharp Mi­nor • Dou­ble Vi­o­lin Con­certo • It was a Lover and his Lass • Blow Blow Thou Win­ter Wind • Gal­lop­ing Co­me­di­ans • Anvil Cho­rus • Swing­ing at the Met • No Other Love • Starlight Ser­e­nade • Bach Up to Me • Pa­the­tique. Al­ter­ing well- known mu­si­cal pieces and giv­ing them an up- tempo beat is anath­ema to some but to oth­ers it shows a healthy re­gard for a fine orig­i­nal tune. Such is the case with this new com­pi­la­tion where sev­eral mu­si­cians have al­tered the tempi of 25 pop­u­lar clas­si­cal favourites to give them a new di­men­sion. One fa­mous tune has been done twice but to­tally dif­fer­ently, thus mak­ing 26 tracks in to­tal. Some are fast and fu­ri­ous such as Flight of the Bum­ble­bee and Gal­lop­ing Co­me­di­ans while oth­ers are con­sid­er­ably slower but still swing beau­ti­fully, like Who is Sylvia? and En­trance of the Lit­tle Fauns. Other com­posers given the full treat­ment in­clude Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schu­bert, Bach, Brahms, Verdi, Dvo­rak, Of­fen­bach, Wald­teufel, Liszt, Bizet and Jo­hann Strauss. Even two Shake­speare songs re­ceive the full works, bril­liantly per­formed by Al Bowlly and the Hen­der­son Twins, like­wise Rud­yard Ki­pling’s On the Road to Man­dalay. You are also sure to recog­nise Starlight Ser­e­nade, the fa­mous tune by Johnny Heykens, not to men­tion all the other up­dated melodies. If you can iden­tify all the tunes in Swing­ing at the Met then please let us know! Among the artistes hav­ing great fun are Fats Waller, Benny Good­man, Glenn Miller, Ger­aldo, Harry James, Jack Payne, John Kirby, Max­ine Sul­li­van, Bob Crosby, Stephane Grap­pelli, Django Rein­hardt, Jo Stafford, Claude Thorn­hill, Syd­ney Kyte, Billy Cot­ton, Alan Breeze, the Nat King Cole Trio, and Les Brown and His Band of Renown. We feel sure the orig­i­nal com­posers would have ap­proved.

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