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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Girl From Budapest - Erwin Halletz

The Only Girl
The Girl From Budapest
Erwin Halletz and His Orchestra
Recorded by Deutsche Grammophon/Polydor Series
Decca Records DL 8797

The arrangements rise slightly above the traditional 50s "gypsy" orchestral project, helped along by occasionally adding a touch of space age swing/mood. The sample is the only track to feature any type of vocal.

From the back cover: Irwin Halletz, born in Vienna, was six when he began studying music. His first instrument was the violin. At fourteen, he entered the Vienna Music School (Musikakademie), where he concentrated on theory, piano and clarinet. From this point on, young Irwin was financially on his own, earning his living through piano lessons and entertaining at cabarets. In the course of his subsequent career, he has conducted a radio dance orchestra, arranged for the Hors Winter orchestra and toured Europe with his own show orchestra. In addition, he has composed, arranged and conducted the scores for twenty motion pictures.

From Billboard - November 24, 1958: Lush instrumental versions of Hungarian favorites more for listening than dancing.

Dreaming Of The Meadows
Hungarian Sleigh Ride
The Only Girl
Hungarian Temperament
Two Beloved Eyes
The Swallows
Y, Ay, Mama
Juliska From Budapest
Gypsy Dance
Beautiful Lady
Come Tzigane
Rakoczy March

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