New Leroy Anderson CD
IAIN SUTHERLAND CONCERT ORCHESTRA.
ALTO ALC 1324
"Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) was arguably the most successful 20th century American composer of light orchestral music, ...
I have commented exhaustively on Leroy Anderson previously, and can only repeat my assertion that for me, at least in most instances, the best presentations of his short original selections are to be had in his original recordings of them.
In later recordings, the composer had added certain sound effects which I have already stated that in my firm opinion have for me ruined their effect musically, and I accordingly cannot listen to them in those guises, and gave my reasons for this opinion a few times already.
There were a small number of these selections where I prefer the Boston Pops/Fiedler recordings, also as originally presented. These include "Serenata," "Sleigh Ride," "Fiddle Faddle," "Chicken Reel," and the Irish Suite. But in general, I prefer Anderson's arrangements of musical comedy medleys as best displaying his musical substance and his capabilities to best advantage.
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