Essential Collection

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Review Text The claim that a disc of Mantovani music is "essential" may elicit from some listeners a guffaw, a yelp, or a string of indignant curses, yet THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION may indeed prove desirable to fans of the godfather of easy listening. A conductor, composer, and musician, Mantovani was creating string-heavy arrangements of popular tunes as early as the 1920s, predating Lawrence Welk and Muzak by a good 30 years. THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION is a sampler of what the man does best, and offers up two discs' worth of sweet, lulling orchestral versions of standards, show tunes, film scores, classical pieces, and, at times, his own compositions. This well-compiled and -presented set provides all the easy listening one could ever want.

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CD: 1

  1. 1. [Excerpt] - 3:52
  1. 2. Candlelight (composed as Michael Trevor) - 3:02
  2. 3. You Stepped Out Of A Dream, song - 3:11
  3. 4. Blue Fantasy (composed as Tulio Trapani) - 3:53
  4. 5. Merry-go-round - 2:18
  5. 6. Stradavarius - 3:02
  6. 7. Gold und Silber-Walzer, for orchestra, Op. 79, NV 87 - 3:21
  7. 8. Jamaican Rumba for 2 pianos or orchestra - 2:13
  8. 9. Diane, song - 3:03
  9. 10. Greensleeves, folk song - 3:00
  10. 11. Music box tango - 2:27
  11. 12. Ramona - 2:18
  12. 13. Moonlight Serenade - 3:48
  13. 14. Beautiful Dreamer, for voice & piano - 3:50
  14. 15. Luxemburg Polka - 2:29
  15. 16. Shadow Waltz - 3:19
  16. 17. Love, Here is my Heart - 3:15
  17. 18. Lovely Lady (for the film of the same name) - 3:05
  18. 19. Longing - 3:25
  19. 22. Take My Love - 3:51
  20. 23. Spring in Montmartre - 3:31
  21. 24. Song of Sorrento (composed as Pedro Manilla) - 3:10
  22. 25. Mexicali Rose - 3:57
  23. 26. It Happened In Monterey, for voice & orchestra - 3:53
  24. 27. Charmaine, song - 3:58
  1. 20. Where Is Your Heart? - 3:39
  1. 21. [Excerpt] - 3:56

CD: 2

  1. 28. Warsaw Concerto for piano & orchestra (for the film "Dangerous Moonlight"/"Suicide Squadron") - 8:02
  2. 29. Serenata d'amore - 5:34
  3. 30. Dream of Olwen, for piano & orchestra (From the film "The Way to the Stars") - 4:07
  4. 36. Cornish Rhapsody for piano & orchestra - 7:55
  5. 37. If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel") - 3:21
  6. 38. Wunderbar, song (from "Kiss Me Kate") - 2:19
  7. 39. I've Never Been in Love Before, song (from "Guys and Dolls") - 3:57
  8. 40. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, song (from "Pal Joey") - 3:42
  9. 41. I Talk to the Trees, song (from "Paint Your Wagon") - 3:37
  10. 42. Some Enchanted Evening, song (from "South Pacific") - 4:33
  11. 44. Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410) - 3:54
  12. 45. Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South), waltz for orchestra, Op. 388 (RV 388) - 3:20
  13. 46. Tausend und eine Nacht (A Thousand and One Nights), waltz for orchestra, Op. 346 (RV 346) - 3:08
  14. 48. Brass Buttons - 3:51
  1. 31. Dance of the Comedians - 5:43
  1. 32. Pas De Deux - 4:37
  1. 33. Finale - 3:30
  1. 34. The Legend Of The Glass Mountain - 4:56
  1. 35. [Excerpt] - 3:02
  1. 43. [Excerpt] - 3:25
  1. 47. Treasure Waltz - 3:55

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Release Date
4/17/07 

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