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Music from the Films & Film Encores

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Album Review

This two-fer from Dutton Vocalion features a pair of out-of-print LPs by easy listening artist Mantovani: Music from the Films and Film Encores, both originally issued in 1958. These 18 remastered tracks find the conductor/musician/arranger interpreting selections from hit films of the era including My Foolish Heart, The Wizard of Oz, Three Coins in the Fountain, High Noon and Love Is a Many Splendored Thing. This is an enjoyable reissue chosen from Mantovani's numerous London albums.

Biography

Born: November 15, 1905 in Venice, Italy

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Conductor, composer, violinist, and pianist Mantovani was one of the most popular and prolific easy listening artists of all time. His trademark "cascading strings" (or "tumbling strings") effect gave him an instantly recognizable sound, and his heavy reliance on the string section in general helped map out the blueprint for much of the light orchestral music that followed in his wake. His repertoire did feature original compositions, but was built chiefly on lush adaptations of familiar melodies:...
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