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American Record Guide, August 2002

"None of these pieces may be profound or complex, but all of them contain the utmost musical craftsmanship, good taste, and that quality so rarely encountered in anything nowadays: genuine charm...I could go on, but is it really necessary? You already know you want this album. If you don't know the music, you owe it to yourself to get it. I guarantee it'll put a smile on your face after even the worst day our stress-filled modern world can dish up."

Patrick O'Connor
Gramophone, July 2002

"The sound is good (the recording dates from 1989), the performances affectionate and enthusiastic."

Peter Knapp
Patriot Ledger, June 2002

"Leroy Anderson's music sounds fresh and appealing with every hearing...The Naxos CD contains a winning collection of 21 brief pieces by Anderson that display his cheerful, tuneful creations...Richard Hayman and his orchestra perform Anderson's music with verve and affection."

Peter Knapp
The Patriot Ledger, June 2002


"Leroy Anderson's music once was so ubiquitous that anyone with even cursory contact with broadcast media could not help hearing it. So don't be surprised--especially if you're over 30--if you find your ears perking up quite often in recognition as you play this delightful disc. Those of us who played in high school bands and orchestras no doubt will have vivid memories of Bugler's Holiday or Trumpter's Lullaby, but for most listeners this collection will serve to attach names to tunes heard for years in supermarkets and shopping malls--tunes such as The Syncopated Clock, The Girl in Satin, and Blue Tango. Anderson applied his classical training to his love of jazz, which, combined with his uncanny instinct for good tunes helped him create a long series of 'pops' hits. He was equally adept in both worlds, whether the European-style waltzing of Belle of the Ball (with its 'blue note' trio), or the straight-from-the-dance-hall Jazz Pizzicato.

The disc opens with the Serenata (a cheeky knockoff of Gershwin's Cuban Overture) and closes with the ever-popular Sleigh Ride, here freed from those goofy lyrics and sounding more like its true self: a fine composition that can be enjoyed whatever the time of year. Anderson had a particular flair for musical depictions of everyday objects, such as the aforementioned clock, or the typewriter, or even sandpaper (in the Sandpaper Ballet). Whether object, animal (The Waltzing Cat), or body part (March of Two Left Feet), Anderson never abandoned his operative principle: make music fun! Richard Hayman's long experience in this specialized genre shows in his high-spirited, rhythmically smart, tonally tangy realizations with his orchestra. If you've been finding yourself bereft of smiles lately, purchase this Naxos disc and you'll get a whole hour's worth."

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