Concert by Mantovani
Updated: 2007-01-08 10:26 Beijing music fans have the chance to enjoy the most popular light
music ensemble with fluent, elegant melody and splendid sound created by
Annunzio Paolo Mantovani. Born 1905, in Venice, Mantovani was born into a music
household and his father performed as a violinist in the Toscanini Ensemble.
Being taught the piano and music theory while his youth, Mantovani moved to
London with his family in 1912 and then continued his music education there.
Being a featured violinist and condutor, Mantovani and his orchestra toured in
Europe and United States regularly. In 1940, Mantovani signed with Decca, which
would be his label for the next 33 years.
Mantovani developed the lush sound that he became famous for the "cascading
strings" effect. This emphasis on the string section that was his signature
became a hallmark of "easy listening" music. Fully understanding the
presentation of violin, he improved the featured orchestra performing which is a
liquid freshener comparing with the hilarious pop music. In all, Mantovani had
recorded over 50 albums of his distinct brand of light orchestral music since
the early 1950s, and most of them are widely appreciated by popularity for which
he is called the "hits maker".
Place: Great Hall of the People
Date: 7:30pm, February 7