- Performer: Leroy Anderson (Composer & Conductor)
- Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD
- Label: Universal Special Products
- ASIN: B000009HTO
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,888 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Leroy Anderson Collection 2 discs
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Few composer-arrangers have straddled the pop and classical worlds as adroitly and entertainingly as Leroy Anderson, and this 47-track double-disc collection offers a most comprehensive yet affordable look at his work. Includes Blue Tango; The Typewriter; The Syncopated Clock; Sleigh Ride; Fiddle-Faddle; The Penny-Whistle Song; Clarinet Candy; Serenata; Horse & Buggy; The Phantom Regiment, and more.
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I hate it when his music is classified as "easy listening"---it is anything but. His own description of his work as "light concert music" is much better, but could still be somewhat misleading. He has exuberant music, humorous music, beautiful lyrical music, but the common thread running through all his music is pure, simple joy. The best of his work, when done right, at times expresses an almost violent joy in living that seems to rebel against the very thought that anything else could be important. This is a man for whom suffering seems not to have existed. In short...what's not to like?
And these recordings are done right---conducted by Anderson himself, with a hand-picked orchestra of the top musicians of the time. Most other recordings you hear can't hold a candle to these. The most complete and best value, this is the album to get!
I recommend the album if you want to listen to music which is old and new - timeless classics.