André Kostelanetz is one of my favourite orchestral composer and conductor.
Kostelanetz was known for arranging and recording light classical music pieces for mass audiences, as well as orchestral versions of songs and Broadway show tunes. He made numerous recordings over the course of his career, which had sales of over 50 million and became staples of beautiful music radio stations. For many years, Kostelanetz also conducted the New York Philharmonic in pops concerts and recordings, in which they were billed as Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra.
André Kostelanetz may be best-known to modern audiences for a series of easy listening instrumental albums on Columbia Records from the 1940s until 1980. Kostelanetz actually started making this music before there was a genre called "easy listening". He continued until after some of his contemporaries, including Mantovani, had stopped recording. His music sold over 50 million copies!
Outside the United States, one of his best known works was an orchestral arrangement of the tune "With a Song in my Heart", which was the signature tune of a long-running BBC radio program, at first called Forces Favourites, then Family Favourites, and finally Two Way Family Favourites.
Kostelanetz's last concert was A Night in Old Vienna with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at that city's War Memorial Opera House on December 31, 1979.
He died in Haiti on January 13, 1980, aged 78.
If you like Spanish and flamenco style music, you will love “Fire and Jealousy”. I give this album 4.5 stars and my favourites include Jalousie, Malaguena, Ritual Dance of Fire and Bolero.
Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra - Fire and Jealousy (1961)
1. Jalousie (Jealousy)
2. Cielito Lindo
4. Cordoba (From Cantos De Espana)
6. Spanish Dance No 1 (From La Vida Breve)
1. Ritual Dance Of Fire (From El Amor Brujo)