The Melachrino Orchestra William Hill-Bowen, Monia Liter & The New Abbey Symphony Orchestra, Piano Themes & Rhapsodies - BYD77067
Semprini with The Melachrino Orchestra 1. First Rhapsody/ 2. Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 - Opening Theme/ Semprini conducting The New Abbey Light Symphony Orchestra 3. Invitation Waltz/ 4. Tango William Hill-Bowen with The Melachrino Orchestra 5. Legend/ Semprini conducting The New Abbey Symphony Orchestra 6. Concerto Appassionato/ 7. Scherzo (from `Concerto symphonique No.4'/ 8. Liebestraum Semprini with The Melachrino Orchestra 9. Grieg Piano Concerto - Themes from 1st Movement/ 10. Dream Of Olwen/ 11. The Mansell Concerto/ 12. Themes from The Mediterranean Concerto/ 13. Theme from The Story Of Three Loves/ 14. The Harmonica Player Semprini conducting The New Abbey Light Symphony Orchestra 15. The Destiny Theme/ 16. Theme from The Tale Of Two Cities/ 17. Warsaw Concerto/ 18. La Mer Monia Liter with The Melachrino Orchestra 19. Rhapsody In Blue Semprini conducting The New Abbey Light Symphony Orchestra 20. Rooftop Rhapsody Semprini with The Melachrino Orchestra 21. Theme from The Last Rhapsody
Alberto Fernando Riccardo Semprini (1908 -1990) known by his stage name Alberto Semprini, or more frequently just "Semprini", was a very popular pianist, famous for appearances on the BBC, mainly on radio and a series that ran for decades. Born in Bath, Somerset, England of Italian ancestry, Semprini showed early talent for both the piano and cello. He graduated from the Verdi Conservatory in Milan in 1928, having studied composition and conducting as well as honing his skills at the piano. His initial fame came from headlining a light music programme, Semprini Serenade, which he introduced with the words: "Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones". It first aired on BBC Radio in 1957 and continued for around 25 years. His 'house band' was the New Abbey Light Symphony Orchestra. He also wrote a number of original compositions on the lighter side of the musical repertoire, including Mediterranean Concerto, which he used as the theme tune for his BBC radio show.
George Melachrino (born George Miltiades; 1909 -- 1965)] was a musician, movie composer, and musical director who was English born of Greek and Italian descent. He was an accomplished player of the violin, viola, oboe, clarinet and saxophone.
George Melachrino was born in London and as a young boy, had a love of music. At the age of five, he began composing and by the age of fourteen he had enrolled at the Trinity College of Music. In 1927, he began his career by singing and playing at the Savoy Hill Studios. For the next 12 years, he played in many different bands and orchestras. In the 1930s he started working for bands led by societies favourite Ambrose singing & playing saxophone with Carroll Gibbons at the Savoy Hotel and Bert Firman, and started playing on radio for the BBC. By 1939, he started his own band and secured a contract at the Café de Paris. He joined the Army a year later, and received training at the Corps of Military Police where he became a P.T. Instructor. He also gained experience as a military musician, at the Army Broadcasting Department, as Musical Director for the recording of entertainment for overseas forces, leading the British Band of the American Expeditionary Forces and the Orchestra Khaki. After the war, in 1945, he formed the George Melachrino Orchestra, an orchestra that became synonymous with sweet and melodious music. In 1956, his orchestra's recording, "Autumn Concerto", reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart, and remained in the chart for nine weeks. He frequently performed on BBC and American Armed Forces Radio. He vied with Mantovani in trying to dominate the post WWII easy listening audiences. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This brand new compilation has detailed liner notes by Peter Dempsey and with its running time of approx 78 minutes makes for a wonderful and nostalgic musical journey. The sound quality is very good indeed and the selections memorable. The Bygone Days catalogue has certainly built into an enviable nostalgia resource.