Saturday, January 10, 2009

Robert Farnon

Here are two records by Robert Farnon. I ripped them from vinyl without using any software to clean up the "crackles" and "pops". I suppose it adds character. ;) The 2nd record (Canadian Impressions) is actually in better shape than the first one. Besides, how many music blogs are even covering Bob's music these days? I got these two LP's at a local Salvation Army over the holidays while visiting family in Massachusetts....$1 each (you can't beat that!) ....TRACK LISTINGS LINER NOTES: In recent years Robert Farnon has been an inspiring figure in British light music, at a time when the light concert orchestra has become as popular as the dance band. A good deal of the credit for this must go to Robert Farnon whose orchestral ideas blazed the way, not only for his own development but for other orchestras of this kind, such as Mantovani's and Frank Chacksfield's. He has also enlivened the music scene with some most attractive compisitions such as Portrait of a Flirt and Jumping Bean, as well as with the orchestral arrangements that have more than amply proved his taste and genius in this field. Born in Toronto, Canada in 1917, Farnon came to England in 1944 as musical director of the Canadian Band of the A.E.F., and through his many broadcasts became known to millions of listeners in the British Isles. After his release from the Army he decided to stay in Britain, and immediately his masterly scores began to appear in the libraries of such band leaders as Ambrose, Ted Heath and Geraldo. The BBC offered Robert Farnon a great opportunity of earning wider fame in a series entitled "Melody Hour". At the same time he was signed by London as the conductor responsible for directing the accompaniments to such well-known artists as Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields. The film industry has also made good use of Robert Farnon's talents both as an arranger and a conductor. Films such as "Paper Orchids" and "Spring in Park Lane" have allowed cinema audiences to appreciate further his artistry as a musical director. This selection of Robert Farnon's arrangements played by his orchestra is a typical example of his capabilities, some very good musical reasons why this arranger-composer has earned his popularity and esteem. And in his turn, Robert Farnon presents soloists and sections of his orchestra in their interpretation of well-chosen tunes. No recording could be more fully representative of Robert Farnon's talents as orchestrator and director. - PETE GAMMOND DOWNLOAD LINKS: Robert Farnon-"Something to Remember You By" (1955) & Robert Farnon-"Canadian Impressions" (1956)

6 comments:

mel said...

Thank you very much from a Robert Farnon fan for Something To Remember You By. I already have Canadian Impressions on CD.

totalrod2 said...

Your welcome. I only wish the record was in better shape.
Bryan

Oracle said...

Your family only charges you one dollar for records. Mine is much more capitalistic at easily 5 or 10 per. You are lucky.

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cvllos said...

An extrordinare Maestro; his works together with JJ Johnson, Oscar peterson, Joe Williams & Sinatra are revealing of his good taste as arranger.
Thanks for sharing these unknown to me.