Raymond Bisha, Leroy Anderson and his Hits

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Naxos Classical Spotlight is a series of twenty-minute podcasts produced by Naxos Records, featuring the label's artists and releases — and the composers that birthed them. In each episode, Naxos 'Raymond Bisha guides listeners to a greater understanding of the works in question. Here, Bisha explores Leroy Anderson, the consummate composer of American light music. Although many composers have written light music for orchestra, few have been as good at capturing the American spirit. The urbane optimism of the middle part of the 20th century America shines through every piece he wrote.