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Mantovani and His Orchestra: Gypsy Soul / Stereo Showcase
Charles Vidor, Vincent Monti, Ray / Livingston, Jay Evans
Mantovani and His Orchestra: Gypsy Soul / Stereo Showcase
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop, Soundtracks, Classical
 
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The Soul of Mantovani's Music
Thomas E. DeJulio | Bronxville, NY USA | 07/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Vocalion presents this latest two-in-one CD, featuring a Mantovani recording made in 1968 entitled Gypsy! coupled with a Mantovani "sampler" of music recorded in 1959 in what was then the major innovation in technology - stereo sound. The latter features some of Mantovani's most listened to and loved arrangements, including Some Enchanted Evening, Come Prima, and Tammy. Mantovani's voice is recorded on this curio, as he breaks down his lush arrangement of Charlie Chaplin's "Theme from Limelight" to explain the workings of stereo sound. Stereo became "quadraphonic" by the time the Gypsy "Phase 4" album was released in 1973. This collection of gypsy music is one of Mantovani's most superb, musically speaking, with fiery violins playing with extraordinary discipline on such light classical numbers as Hejre Kati and Gypsy Carnival, Dinicu's Hora Staccato, and Sarasate's Zapateado. The Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 arranged by Monty's original collaborator Ronald Binge is one of Mantovani's finest recordings, and Mantovani admirers will enjoy Maurice Jarre's rousing film theme from "Villa Rides" which starred Yul Brenner as Pancho Villa. The soul of the Mantovani sound is captured on this set, with layered sounds of dazzling violins, hot brass, soulful winds, and pulsating percussion rhythms, as only Mantovani, the grand master of light orchestral music could produce."