Laugh With Classical Music – Delos Compilation

Over the years, music that we can definitely peg as humorous or comic in nature has taken many forms. We at Delos have combed through our CD catalog to identify some prime examples, and bring them to
you in this collection of music that is sure to make you smile, giggle, or even laugh out loud.

Virtuoso performers have always loved to show off, and – especially in encores – have enjoyed bringing smiles to their listeners’ faces with flashy antics that will both impress and amuse. One famed Belgian violin virtuoso-composer, Henri Vieuxtemps, wrote his Souvenir d’Amérique, Variations on “Yankee Doodle,” after his first American tour. He performed it often during later tours, prompting inevitable laughter –
especially in America! Violin sorcerer Dmitry Khakhamov, performing with Constantine Orbelian and his Moscow Chamber Orchestra, delivers it to happy perfection.

They say that laughter is the best medicine. So file this collection in your virtual medicine cabinet, and – whenever life gets you down – let Delos help you feel better!

Track Listing:

  1. Henri Vieuxtemps: Souvenir d’Amérique, Variations on “Yankee Doodle,” Op. 17 (4:53)
    • Dmitry Khakhamov, violin • Constantine Orbelian, conductor • Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  2. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. Mnatsakanov): Flight of the Bumblebee (1:09)
    • Oleg Sergeev, flute • Constantine Orbelian, conductor • Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  3. The Green-Eyed Dragon (3:06)
    • Music by Wolseley Charles, Words by Greatrex Newman • John Aler, tenor • Grant Gershon, piano
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: Galop (VI) from Ballet Suite No. 1 (L. Atovmian, 1949) (1:32)
    • Constantine Orbelian, conductor • Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Polka from The Golden Age (2:14)
    • Constantine Orbelian, conductor • Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  6. 6. Margaret Ruthven Lang: There Was an Old Man in a Tree, from Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 (1:44)
    • Limerick by Edward Lear; Donald George, tenor • Lucy Mauro, piano
  7. Margaret Ruthven Lang: There Was an Old Person of Cassel, from Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 (1:43)
    • Limerick by Edward Lear; Donald George, tenor • Lucy Mauro, piano
  8. Dmitri Shostakovich: Dance (III) from Ballet Suite No. 3 (L. Atovmian, 1952) (2:06)
    • Constantine Orbelian, conductor • Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  9. Margaret Ruthven Lang: There Was an Old Man of Dumbree, from Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 (1:11)
    • Limerick by Edward Lear; Donald George, tenor • Lucy Mauro, piano
  10. Dmitri Shostakovich: Humoresque-Waltz from Ballet Suite No. 1 (L. Atovmian, 1952) (2:52)
    • Constantine Orbelian, conductor • Moscow Chamber Orchestra
  11. Margaret Ruthven Lang: There Was an Old Person of Jodd, from Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 (1:37)
    • Limerick by Edward Lear; Donald George, tenor • Lucy Mauro, piano
  12. Aram Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite: Galop (2:54)
    • Constantine Orbelian, conductor • Philharmonia of Russia
  13. Jean Françaix: Sérénade Comique from Petit Quatour pour Saxophones (2:06)
    • Italian Saxophone Quartet
  14. Margaret Ruthven Lang: There Was an Old Lady of France, from Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 (1:24)
    • Limerick by Edward Lear; Donald George, tenor • Lucy Mauro, piano
  15. Margaret Ruthven Lang: There Was a Young Lady of Parma, from Nonsense Rhymes and Pictures, Op. 43 (2:30)
    • Limerick by Edward Lear; Donald George, tenor • Lucy Mauro, piano