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Mantovani was born in Venice, Italy and his father was the concertmaster of La Scala orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. His family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music in London. After graduation, he formed his own orchestra, which played in and around Birmingham. By the time World War II broke out, his orchestra was one of the most popular in UK, both on the BBC and in live performances.

He was also musical director for a large number of musicals and other plays, including ones by Noel Coward. After the war, he concentrated on recording, and eventually gave up live performance altogether. He worked with arranger and composer Ronnie Binge, who developed the “cascading strings” sound (also known as the “Mantovani sound”). His records were regulars in stores selling hi-fi stereo equipment, as they were produced and arranged for stereo reproduction. In 1952 Binge ceased to arrange for Mantovani, but his distinctive sound remained.

He recorded for Decca until the mid-1950s, and then London Records. He recorded over 50 albums on that label, many of which were top-40 hits. These included Song from Moulin Rouge and Cara Mia, which reached No. 1 in Britain in 1953 and 1954, respectively. The latter was also Mantovani’s first U.S. Top Ten hit.


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  • lear_4

    Colors Of My Life!

    6 Feb 7:24pm Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Mantovani into the Class of 1957. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
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    14 Jul 2010 Reply

    ho scoperto la sua musica grazie al film Inland Empire ;)

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • Remug

    genial y bella

    29 May 2009 Reply
  • bicknor

    Well , La Paloma is beautiful. With HMG then one did move about.

    15 Nov 2008 Reply
  • bicknor

    And I used to tango to the Blue Tango - well. good memories, especially bearing in mind the lady that I was with.I wonder where she is now?

    15 Nov 2008 Reply
  • bicknor

    I remember skating to this, amongst other music, in Solden,Austria back in the 60s. Well, I could ski and skate then, and it is a good tune. Guten morgen.

    15 Nov 2008 Reply

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