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Friday, July 23, 2010

Piano Magic at Cocktail Time

Clair De Lune

Piano Magic At Cocktail Time
Favorite Music For Cocktails & Conversation
The Relaxed And Romantic Moods Of Pietro Dero
Somerset SF-26200
Somerset SF-312 (box set, second image)

Dero uses an odd rhythm technique for much of the record. It sound like a guitar strum on the upbeat and a bass note on the downbeat. The technique seems a bit overused and almost robotic. However, Dero leaves out all but the bass line in the sample track above. Beautiful!

The box set, SF-312, for some reason, substitutes SF-26200, side 2 (sample above) with different material.

SF-26200 track list:

Grieg Piano Concerto In A Minor, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in B Flat, Tchaikovsky's Fifth, Rhapsody D'Amour, Romeo And Juliet, Boston Concerto, Tchaikovsky's Sixth, American Concerto, Theme From Dvorak's New World Sym., Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto # 2

Clair De Lune, Moonlight Sonata, The Swan, Pavanne, Reverie, Romance (Rubinstein), On Wings Of Song, None But The Lonely Heart, Romance (Tchaikovsky), Schubert's Serenade

Box Set Track List:

1A (2 track bands)
La Violetera, Humoresque, Greensleeves, Songs My Mother Taught Me, Serenade, Esterllita, Guantanamera, Tango Continetal, Tango Elena
1B (2 track bands)
Berceuse, Skaters Waltz, Santa Lucia, Juanita, I Love You Truly, Dolores, Frankie And Johnny, Bill Bailey

2A (single track band)
Shine On Harvest Moon, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Mary's Grand Old Name, In The Good Old Summertime, You Tell Me Your Dream, My Old Gal, In The Evening By The Moonlight, Cuddle Up A Little Closer, Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair, Beautiful Dreamer, Mighty Lax A Rose, In The Gloaming, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
2B (single track band)
Sidewalk's Of New York, While Strolling Through The Park, Bill Bailey, Down At The Square, Sweet Adeline, And The Band Played On, Hoop Skirts, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, The Bowery, Bicycle Built For Two, Little Annie Rodney, After The Ball

3A (single track band)
Villa, Merry Widow, Gyspsy Love Song, Toyland, Gold And Silver, Kiss Me Again, In Old New York, Sweetheart Waltz, Moonbeams, Isle Of Our Dreams
3B (single track band
Greig Piano Concerto In A Minor, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto In B Flat, Tchaikovsky's Fifth, Rhapsody D'Amour, Romeo And Juliet, Boston Concerto, Tchaikovsky's Sixth, American Concerto, Theme From Dvorak's New World Symphony, Rachmanioff's Piano Concerto #2


  1. I like it. Strange! Great cover.

  2. thanks for the hisory, I have the record but did not know anything about it.

  3. I wasn't expecting to find this!
    What a gorgeous pop arrangement of Debussy's famous
    Clair de Lune from the Suite Bergamasque!
    Very pretty and contemplative performance!

    Could you post more tracks, please?

    Could this be the famous accordionist Pietro Deiro, playing the piano?

    Is the artist's name consistently mis-spelled "Dero" on the record, or did you make a mistake, and is it actually the correct "Deiro"?

    Somerset was a budget label, and at least some of their artists (such as organist Robert Hunter, AKA "Georges Montalba") had their work issued under false names by this company. Here's more on this record company and a currently-incomplete discography of their records:

    Thus, if this isn't really the formerly-famous accordionist (brother, by the way, of world-famous accordionist Guido Deiro, both of whom made recordings in the 1910s on the accordion), then someone stole Mr. Deiro's name and changed it slightly (making it closer to Peter Nero, perhaps? A two-famous-names-merged-into-one deal???) to get this record to sell better.

    Pietro Deiro passed away in 1954, when was this record made?

    1. Hi Andrew. Thanks for all of the info! It is entirely possible that I spelled his name wrong… although it is not all-together uncommon for a name to be changed or spelled wrong on a budget release. I have a vague memory that this is how it was spelled on the album. But, to be sure, I'd have to go searching for the LP, which is almost impossible to find, with ease, in my storage area. This was an early post for me… I didn't even include the track list. Somehow I found the release date, but I don't know when the recording was made. Mark

    2. Pietro Deiro is most certainly not the pianist here as these are mid-60s recordings. In all there were about 8 albums recorded under this name including the two with the 101 Strings. Pietro is Peter in English ao this is probably a budget, rip off package to confuse record buyers thing it is Peter Nero. But the pianist is certainly talented.


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