"the strings of Mantovani"

Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (1905-1980) was Italian by birth, but his family moved to England when he was still a small child. He is best known as a popular conductor of light-orchestral music.  He was the musical director for a number of plays by Noel Coward. Joseph Lanza has described Mantovani's sound as "sound tapestries with innumerable strings", further opining that 'the sustained hum of Mantovani's reverberated violins produced a sonic vaporizer foreshadowing the synthesizer harmonics of space music.' His recordings certainly made use of new studio technologies and was the music of choice for a good many stores specializing in stereo hi-fi systems. A more stringent critic than I might describe the Mantovani sound as 'elevator music'.  

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