Five Fifteen: A Tribute To the BBC Dance Orchestra and Henry Hall
UK Street date: 1st December 2005
MART SANDER AND HIS SWING SWINDLERS REMEMBER THE MUSIC OF HENRY HALL AND THE BBC DANCE ORCHESTRA IN A NEW STATE OF THE ART RECORDING, DESIGNED TO GIVE AN AUTHENTIC 1930S SOUND.
Throughout the three decades of the BBC Dance Orchestra, it’s the five years of Henry Hall’s leadership which have been the most prominent in people’s minds. This album fills the listeners with the same excitement that made millions rush home to tune in to Henry Hall and his BBC Dance Orchestra over seventy years ago.
Many people will remember with fondness Henry Hall, who led the BBC Dance orchestra in daily broadcasts for many years, and whose Music Night was still popular into the 1960s. In his day, Hall was a big star. Now for the first time, Hall’s music and the smooth sound of the BBC Dance orchestra is being revived through in new state of the art recordings. "Five-Fifteen" was Hall‘s Signature tune, loved by millions and is the title of the new CD by the Bel Etage Swing Swindler, led by Mart Sander.
Based in Talling, Estonia, The Bel Etage company specializes in British music, especially early stage musicals and swing. Their previous CD for Divine Art "The Monckton Album" attracted much critical acclaim.
"Five fifteen was recorded in a studio specially designed to give an authentic 1930s sound, though of course with full modern digital quality. As well as the title track, the CD contains many of the standards made famous by the BBC Dance Orchestra, including of course "Radio Times"
Mart Sander is an internationally well-known musician, film and theatre personality as well as a champion of British music, having released several albums of early 20th century repertoire. He has also directed films, composed an operetta and published two novels! Sander is currently recording a new album of German swing music from the 1930s and 1940s for Divine Art and has just completed an album of music with aviation related themes. He has also made an album with the Bel Etage Theatre, featuring the music of British composer of Light Music, Hermann Finck due for release on Divine Art, next year.
For more information on Mart Sander, visit: www.martsander.com
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