Knowledge Identifier: +Mantovani
Born in 1905.
Countries: United Kingdom (52%), United States (13%), UK (9%)
Linked to: Decca Records, La Scala, London Records, The Kinks
Author Joseph Lanza describes Mantovani's string arrangements as the most "rich and mellifluous" of the emerging light music style during the early 1950s
In 1952, Binge ceased to arrange for Mantovani but the distinctive sound of the orchestra remained
In the United States, between 1955 and 1972, he released more than 40 albums with 27 reaching the "Top 40", and 11 in the "Top Ten"
Following Mantovani's death in 1980, the Mantovani Estate continues to authorise numerous concerts worldwide and recordings using original and newly commissioned arrangements
A large number of CDs are available containing unauthorised recordings, billed as Mantovani or Mantovani Orchestra, for example the CD titled "The Mantovani Orchestra" released in 1997 contained a track from the 1980s Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats", which would have required posthumous conducting on the part of Mantovani