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Leroy Anderson Complete Orchestral Works
8.505259 (Naxos, CD, 5 discs)
COMPILATION (12 November 2021)
Tracks: 17 + 16 + 18 + 20 + 19
℗ 2008 Naxos Rights US Inc
© 2021 Naxos Rights US Inc
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Country of manufacture: Germany
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Leroy Anderson Complete Orchestral Works published on 29 November 2021
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Kim Criswell, soprano
William Dazeley, baritone
BBC Concert Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) occupies a unique place in American music. Rigorously trained in the classical tradition, Anderson wrote tunes that topped the pop charts, making compositions such as Sleigh Ride and The Typewriter world famous. Anderson was a meticulous craftsman who could seemingly compose marvellous tunes at will, and he has been praised by composer John Williams as 'one of the great American masters of light orchestral music'.