Friday, March 31, 2017

British Light Music Classics, Volume III.

From my collection.
Bought in 2011.
First listen: 17-2-2014.
Second listen: 17-3-2014
Third listen: 31-3-2017.
Label: Hyperion. 
CD 3 from 4.
Recording dates: August 1999.
Recording venue: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London.
Recording engineer: Tony Faulkner.
Running time: 78:50.
Classical relevance to me: Well worth having.

Works.
Montmartre by Haydn Wood.
Melody on the move, by Clive Richardson, arr. Ronald Hanmer.
In the party Mood, by Jack Strachey.
The Girl from Corsica, by Trevor Duncan.
Soldiers in the Park, Lionel Monckton.
Valse Septembre, by Felix Godin, arr. Adolf Lotter.
Miss Melanie, by Ronald Binge.
Pink Lady Waltz, Ivan Caryll.
Portrait of a Flirt, by Robert Farnon.
Siciliano, by Harry Dexter.
In a Persian Market, by Albert Ketelbey.
Theatreland, by Jack Strachey.
Songe d'Automne, by Archibald Joyce.
Alpine Pastures, by Vivian Ellis. arr. Sidney Torch.
Little Serenade, by Ernest Tomlinson.
Woodland Revel, by George Melachrino.
Lady of Spain, by Tolchard Evans. arr. Fred Hartley/Ken Warner.
Smiles, then Kisses, by Charles Ancliffe.
On a Spring Note, by Sidney Torch.
Music everywhere, "Rediffusion March", by Eric Coates.

Performers.
The New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp.

None of these works lack compositional skills. They are composed with as much care as serious works. One that made me start a little was The Girl from Corsica, composed by Trevor Duncan. He creates some pretty exotic sounds, very unusual as to compare on what is on this CD. Nice. Siciliano by Harry Dexter is another one that made me grin from ear to ear, as it was trotting out of my speakers. You will be startled by "In a Persian Market", by Ketelbey, as a bunch of singers from a jolly choir, blare out a incomprehensible text.  Did not like that though! Nobody warned me about this. Not cool.
Songe d'Automne by Archibald Joyce is another fine surprise, a haunting melody indeed. The recording and performance are first rate.




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