Manhattan Playboys - American Light Classics

7 May 2013, 17:44

Cheery classics from across the pond. Drive Featured Album, 6 May 2013.

A jazzy saunter round New York City in the form of Gershwin's Walking the Dog, a traditional march through Georgia, and a good old fashioned waltz from Richard Rodgers - this upbeat album is bound to lift your spirits. Performed by the Iain Sutherland Concert Orchestra, conducted by Iain Sutherland himself, there's pageantry and personality aplenty in these lively classics, showcasing some of the best light music from the States.

There's well-known music from Gershwin and Bernstein, alongside some under-appreciated gems like the blissfully simple On Golden Pond by Grusin, or Korngold's storming Overture to Captain Blood.

A great range of brassy tunes, from the peaceful to the punchy, proving that 'light' music can indeed be taken seriously.

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