Mantovani's Music is the Best Ever!
Thomas E. DeJulio | Bronxville, NY USA | 10/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful three-CD compilation of some of the best original recordings made by the Grand Master of Light Orchestral music. But it also contains an added bonus: one of the CD's reproduces in its entirety the 1960 LP "Operetta Memories" which, although hard to find on CD, is by far one of Mantovani's finest albums of sound artistry which charted in the top 40 for 3 months in 1961. Today's marketing teams might have entitled this LP, "Strauss Waltzes ..And More" because it followed a few years after the phenomenally successful stereo LP recording of Strauss Waltzes (1958) and included the great studio version of "the hymn to champagne" Die Fledermaus Overture, and another Mantovani concert favorite, the Gypsy Baron Waltz, also known as the Sweetheart Waltz which has the Blue Danube running right through the melody as only the genius of Mantovani could create. The "more" is represented by extraordinary arrangements of popular operetta music by Franz Lehar and Emmerich Kalman. Mantovani's inventive sounds and synchronized strings are nothing short of spectacular on Kalman's Gypsy Princess Waltz and Lehar's Count of Luxembourg Waltz and Merry Widow Waltz. All ten tracks are time-honored melodies that you will keep you humming and remembering how incomparable the Mantovani sound is and will always be. Purchase this CD set for 48 tracks of the very best of Mantovani's prolific discography."