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Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Magic Violins - A Night At The Villa Fontana


La Vida en Rosa

A Night At The Villa Fontana
The Magic Violins
Cover Gown: Ceil Chapman
Photo: Wendy Hilty
RCA Victor LPM-1498

From the back cover: Every major city in the world has it's "must visit" night clubs, New York has its Copacabana and Latin Quarter, Miami its Fontainebleau Hotel, Paris its Bol Tabarin and Mexico City its Villa Fontana.

The Villa Fontana, nestled on Avenida Reforma, a few blocks distant from the Hotel Reforma, is sophisticated Spanish-American charm at its best. The visitor enters the dining room through a mirror-paneled hallway. The room itself is not large, lending itself to the intimacy of the music that is played. As the visitor begins his meal it seems that the walls themselves sparkly with a shimmering musical background.

These are the famous magic violins of Villa Fontana. From eight to fourteen violinists stroll through the room, drawing from their dancing strings a delectable repast of dinner music. Separated by tables and people, the violins seem to play to the artistry of one master player, as each violinist harmonizes perfectly with his partner. From Strauss waltzes to American favorites, the violins play as one instrument... never intruding... but always delightfully present.

In this album, the second by the Magic Violins (LPM-1291) was released in 1956), the group is captured in enchanting high fidelity tones. Recorded in the studios of RCA Victor Mexicana, this album is further proof of the musical charm of Mexico. – Robert L. Broderick

La Vida en Rosa
Vales Americanos / Always / Charmaine / Shadow Waltz / Wonderful One
Dos Arbolitos (Two Trees)
Potpourri Vales
Fantasia Italiana / Torna a Surriento / Oh Marie / Funiculi Funicula
Villa Fontana
Potpourri Americano / I'll Be Seeing You / There's A Small Hotel / Yesterdays
Condesa Maritza (Countess Maritza)
Jalisco de Mis Amores (My Beloved Jalisco)

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