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Richard Rodgers' Greatest Hits

Richard Rodgers' Greatest Hits


Part of a series of mid-priced classical albums, this grandiosely titled collection features orchestral treatments of Richard Rodgers' music performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fiedler; the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Russell Bennett; the Melanchrino Strings & Orchestra; and Morton Gould and His Orchestra. The Boston Pops get the bulk of the selections, and they play them with their usual panache. Most impressive is a ten-plus-minute medley from The Sound of Music arranged by Bennett, Rodgers' favored orchestrator, who handled the scores to several of his shows. But a medley of Rodgers' waltzes -- "Lover," "Falling in Love With Love," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," and "It's a Grand Night for Singing" -- is also nice. There is a predisposition toward pieces Rodgers wrote as instrumentals, as opposed to his songs, including his "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" ballet from On Your Toes; "March of the Siamese Children" from The King and I; and "Carousel Waltz." The two selections actually conducted by Bennett are excerpts from the television score Victory at Sea. Outside of the context of the shows for which it was mostly written, Rodgers' music as played here impresses most with its sweeping melodies, which more than retain their richness. To the extent that any case at all is being made here for Rodgers as a classical composer, it is one in the Richard Strauss mode; Rodgers' day job rarely offered him the opportunity to expand beyond his facility for good tunes, and even when he had that opportunity, he continued to write within narrow limits. Of course, this isn't Rodgers' "greatest hits," and show music fans will prefer the cast and soundtrack versions, but as music for pops orchestras, it's just about ideal. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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  • Label: RCA Victor
  • UPC: 090266380428
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Track listings

  • 1. Victory At Sea: Victory At Sea
  • 2. Victory At Sea: Guadalcanal March
  • 3. King And I: March Of The Siamese Children, The
  • 4. State Fair: It Might As Well Be Spring
  • 5. Sound Of Music: Excerpt, The (S)
  • 6. No Strings: The Sweetest Sounds
  • 7. On Your Toes: Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
  • 8. Waltz(Es)
  • 9. Love Me Tonight: Lover
  • 10. Boys From Syracuse: Falling In Love With Love, The
  • 11. Oklahoma: Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
  • 12. State Fair: It's A Grand Night For Singing
  • 13. Blue Moon
  • 14. South Pacific: Some Enchanted Evening
  • 15. Oklahoma: Suite
  • 16. Isn't It Romantic?
 
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
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