The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson Favorites

August 15, 1995 | Format: MP3

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3:15
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2:56
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2:42
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3:07
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2:32
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2:38
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2:53
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2:54
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3:38
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3:29
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3:33
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2:02
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1:55
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3:34
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3:52
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2:48
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2:51

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  • Original Release Date: August 15, 1995
  • Release Date: August 15, 1995
  • Label: RCA Red Seal
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  • Total Length: 1:12:15
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  • ASIN: B001UJ6IJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,135 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is delightful music.
James L.
If any purchaser is interested in owning just one disc of Anderson's music, this has high claims to be considered as at least one of the front runners.
I. Giles
With this CD, is a compendium of 25 of Leroy Anderson's vast output and each of them, suprisingly, is a gem in and of itself.
Brett A. Kniess

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Kearney VINE VOICE on April 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've always loved the music of Leroy Anderson. It has a magical quality that tends to pull a person right into the piece. For example, who, when listening to "Sleigh Ride," does not imagine going on a ride through the snow in Vermont on a winter's day? Titles such as the" Waltzing Cat," "The Syncopated Clock" and "Belle of the Ball" all sound as their titles imply. While the music could be termed `light classical," musicians playing the pieces have to be versatile as the solo parts for works such as "Bugler's Holiday" and "Clarinet Candy" easily demonstrate.
I will have to admit, when it comes to Anderson's music, usually no one beats the Boston Pops, especially under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. For many years Anderson was a collaborator of Fielder's and many of the Pops best known arrangements are those of Anderson. Perhaps this is why the Boston Pops performances of Anderson's music have an authentic feel to them. Yet if there is a close second to The Boston Pops' performances, it would be this collection by Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony. Slatkin has a love and appreciation for the music and lead the orchestra in a competent and enjoyable manner.
This collection includes many of Anderson's favorites such as "Blue Tango," "Phantom Regiment," "Trumpeter's Lullaby," and "Fiddle Faddle" as well as many of Anderson's lesser known works. Which make the collection a real treat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Really enjoyed this CD. Has all the best Anderson songs and some I didn't even know about that are now favorites... for example Sandpaper ballet and the Waltzing Cat. It has a good articles on the inside flap with bios of the conductor and composer. Very interesting to read. All the songs are taken at the perfect tempo and the St. Louis Symphony does a great job. Worth the buy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Issei Takechi on May 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine Leroy Anderson disc. No one happening upon this disc will likely be seriously disappointed. But wait! Try the recording conducted by the composer himself or the one by Arthur Fieldler before you have any last word. They both have so much verve and vitality that the music literally leaps out of the speakers. The difference hits home immediately after such numbers as Fiddle Faddle or Bugler's Holiday begin. Coming back to Slatkin, you will probably feel that his interepretaton is a bit on a sedate side. However, Slatkin brings wonderful warmth to slower numbers and has the advantage of modern digital recording. The choice is yours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Villeo Y. Soon on July 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Leroy Anderson is certainly one of the memorable and popular of American light music composer and this CD of his music really shines with the strains of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. Simply magical. Mr Slatkin plays the music as close as Leroy Anderson intended to and not distorted any arrangements of the music. The album opens with the opulent 'Belle Of The Ball' and it waltzes ever so beautifully in digital stereo and sweeps you to an imaginary ballroom and completely swoons you. The ever popular seasonal piece 'Sleigh Ride' is stil a delight with the young at heart. The other titles in this superb CD are the immortal 'Blue Tango', the serene 'Serenata', the dreamy 'Forgotten Dreams' and the title track of the CD, the playful 'The Typewriter'. Though this album can't compare to the original Leroy Anderson albums and the evergreen Boston Pops with Arthur Fieldler, it is a fitting tribute to a gem in music that is Leroy Anderson.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By burghtenor on September 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The collaboration between conductor Arthur Fiedler and composer Leroy Anderson gave birth to the unique sound of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Anderson was without peer in writing works for "light" orchestra: short, often whimsical, always pleasant pieces for symphonic ensembles. One of Anderson's trademarks was coming up with creative ways for the orchestra to portray common sounds from the outside world. Anderson's two best-known pieces employ this technique: a trumpet simulates a horse's whinny at the end of "Sleigh Ride," while woodblocks indicate the rhythmic imbalance of "The Syncopated Clock." Although Anderson never became a household name, many Americans are probably familiar with several of his other works, including "The Typewriter" and "Blue Tango."
This CD features Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, but there is another great CD of Anderson's works by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. While both recordings are great, I give the edge to this CD. While Fiedler naturally has a better feel for Anderson's music (most notably on the "Sandpaper Ballet" and "Jazz Pizzicato"), Slatkin has recorded nine pieces not found on the Fiedler CD, including the delightful "Phantom Regiment," "First Day of Spring," "Forgotten Dreams," "Horse and Buggy," and my personal favorite, "Saraband."
This recording is a pleasure from beginning to end. I often find myself playing this CD two or three times in a row (and sometimes pressing "shuffle" after that) because Anderson's relentlessly happy music makes me feel that everything is right with the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brett A. Kniess on October 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Leroy Anderson's music is best equated with the visual works of Norman Rockwell. Anderson, like Rockwell, paints mini-portraits, slices of life, into his musical creations, and with great success.

With this CD, is a compendium of 25 of Leroy Anderson's vast output and each of them, suprisingly, is a gem in and of itself. Anderson is a master of melody, creating the whimsical and the heartfelt. I was amazed to find that a short horn melody in "Horse and Buggy" could move me emotionally and so easily. One concern at purchasing this CD, was that his music might become trite and tired, especially with repeated listening; but Anderson is inventive in melody and he always mixes his songs up with unexpected syncopations and jazzy interpolations, not to mention the unusual battery of percussion needed to visualize the various animals, horse rides, and other crazy situations Anderson puts his orchestra in.

Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra perform all of this music with the right gusto needed to portray Anderson's version of Americana. The only thing missing, perhaps, is the unbridled energy these works create in a live environment. While "Bugler's Holiday" and "Clarinet Candy" are played with great alacrity, the spark of the moment is lost on a recording format. Notwithstanding, this CD is an excellent choice if you can't get the live experience, excelling in musical quality, and quite frankly, is a lot of fun. Compare and contrast this CD with other Leroy Anderson collections under Arthur Fiedler, Leroy Anderson himself, as well as a Naxos release, and you will find this CD can hold its own rather easily.
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