"I want to make music for everyone. It must be enjoyed by all. Otherwise it is pointless."
April In Portugal (tracks 1-12) recorded in 1958 and released on Decca Lp DL-8881/DL-78881 on May 25, 1959. Wonderland By Night (tracks 13-24) recorded 1960 and released on Decca Lp DL-4101/DL-74101. Track 13 first released on Decca single 31141. Reissued on compact disc June 15, 1999.
The Taragon notes show that these recordings were made on February 3, 1959 but this appears to be an error.
Taragon TARCD-1064 (deleted)
Decca Lp notes for April In Portugal
This album comprises a collection of some of the most popular and delightful music of and about Portugal... authentically interprested in the lush orchestral style of Bert Kaempfert and his orchestra.
To the encyclopedist, Portugal is a republic in the south-west part of the Iberian Peninsula — the world's largest producer of cork; according to the travel bureaus, it's a tourist mecca; to the Portuguese themselves; it's home sweet home.
Songwriters, on the other hand, like to expound on the traffic-stopping appeal of The Petticoats Of Portugal. They find special appeal in Les Lavandieres Du Portugal The Washerwomen Of Portugal), and the elegant Fadistas (men-about-town). In essence, this sparkling collection magnificently captures the flavor of April In Portugal.
Bert Kaempfert, the well-known European composer-conductor-arranger, was born in Hamburg, Germany. An outstanding instrumentalist, he plays with equal skill the clarinet, saxophone, piano, and accordion (his favorite). Early in his career, Mr. Kaempfert joined the then-popular Hans Busch band. He then worked in the capacity of conductor and accordion soloist for the Danzig and Northwest Germany broadcasting stations. Recently, he has contributed the arrangements and accompaniment for several of world-famous Freddy's latest spectacular hits.
And now, if you'll close your eyes and listen... It's April in Portugal.