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Stanley Black

Stanley Black was one of the most prolific and eclectic British bandleaders of the postwar era, appearing almost daily on BBC radio and recording dozens of LPs and film scores in a vast array of styles. Born in London on June 14, 1913, Black began studying piano at the age of seven under the tutelage of Rae Robinson; he went on to attend the Mathay School of Music, and was just 12 when the BBC Symphony Orchestra performed one of his original compositions (a distinction he earned by winning a contest in Melody Maker). By age 18, Black was touring with bandleader Maurice Burman, in the years to follow working with British jazz luminaries including Howard Jacobs, Joe Orlando, Lew Stone, and Teddy Joyce. He also played alongside visiting American greats like Benny Carter, and even recorded a version of "Honeysuckle Rose" with the legendary Coleman Hawkins. In 1936 Black signed on with bandleader Harry Roy, remaining with his group for four years, including a 1937 South American tour that introduced him to Latin American music, a tradition his work regularly celebrated in the years to follow. During this time, he also took his first stab at writing for cinema, contributing to the score of the film Rhythm Racketeers. After serving in World War II, Black returned to London in 1944 and was appointed conductor of the BBC Dance Orchestra, broadcasting as many as six performances a week for nine years and regularly topping Melody Maker's lists of radio's most-heard musicians. With the dawn of long-playing records, he also began recording for Decca, releasing as many as four albums per year as a headliner (several of which are much prized by today's connoisseurs of space age pop, in particular the Exotic Percussion album), in addition to playing countless other backing sessions. On top of all this he also scored films -- some 200 total over the course of his career -- including 1948's It Always Rains on Sunday, 1951's Laughter in Paradise, and 1957's The Naked Truth. In 1952, Black left the BBC to join Decca as a full-time staff conductor and arranger, and in 1958 he was appointed music director at Elstree Studios, where he scored the Cliff Richard musicals The Young Ones and Summer Holiday. Black won a Gramophone Award in 1965 for his version of Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol, and went on to conduct most of Britain's major orchestras. Despite the gradual loss of his hearing, he continued directing broadcasts at the BBCs Maida Vale studios into the 1990s. He died in London on November 27, 2002. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Track List: Spectacular Dances

Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Slavonic Dances (8) For Orchestra, B. 83 (Op. 46)
Composer: Johann Strauss II
Title: Du Und Du (You And You), Waltz For Orchestra, Op. 367 (RV 367)
Composer: Reinhold Glière
Title: The Red Poppy, Ballet, Op. 70
Composer: Amilcare Ponchielli
Title: La Gioconda, Opera In 4 Acts
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Danse Macabre, Symphonic Poem In G Minor, Op. 40
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Hungarian Dances (21) For Orchestra, Woo 1
Composer: Manuel de Falla
Title: El Sombrero De Tres Picos, Suite No. 2, For Orchestra (Scenes And Dances From Part II), G. 59
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Slavonic Dances (8) For Orchestra, B. 83 (Op. 46)
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: The Sleeping Beauty, Ballet, Op. 66
Composer: Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
Title: The Snow Maiden (Snegurochka) (ii), Opera ("springtime Tale") In 4 Acts With A Prologue
Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
Title: Invitation To The Dance (Aufforderung Zum Tanze), For Orchestra (orchestrated By Berlioz)
Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Title: Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride), Opera, Jb 1:100
Composer: Dmitry Kabalevsky
Title: The Comedians, Suite For Small Orchestra, Op. 26

Comments

Good old days
And Latin American style ,listen to Cuban moonlight
Hollywood love themes - I've been listening to this album for months now. very pleasant.
Black had a gift and a style all of his own. It is truly magnificent. Thanks Pandora, for presenting us with his (and others) wonderful music.
Chuckwagon
This reminds me of growing up and my dad's music
Wish they had the other Phase 4 Albums he created--the r e were many!
The first time I heard Stanley Black was in my Country of Origin Colombia, and the interpretati o n in The Pearl Fishers is the most beautiful I've heard.
Canadian Sunset has been a favorite of mine for many years. It just has the feeling of being so gentle and relaxing. I love this music. Susan R.
So pretty and relaxing
cburns3250
I listened to Stanley during the 50's, love his piano.
I'm glad that Ramona Dumas was also fond of him.
Charles Burns
Joan
this song is a song that has a strong feelings for me.. it is "our song" my husband and I.... and so i could liten to is all the time.. husband is gone now but it is still in my heart all the time... thank you for playing it for me
jrobert38305
Great music from a great time.
this is a great rendition, really enjoying it
Mysticpris
I remember listening to Stanley Black (love that piano!) when I was a teenager back in the 50s. Now, many years later, the thrill hasn't diminished whenever I hear him on Pandora. Thanks for the memories!
Steve
Gleason and Anthony's music brings back memories from a time when things were simpler. Their music lasts, too bad the times did't. The music of this age will be around long after Rap has been buried.
I listen to all these gifted artists and they enable me to fall in love again

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