From my collection.
Bought in 2010.
First listen: 4-3-2010.
Second listen: 14-4-2014.
Third listen: 11-4-2017.
Label: Lyrita. (Warning: this is a burned copy, not a pressed one) CDR.
Recording dates: 1993.
As per usual in these reissues, no info about engineers and venues.
Running time: 76:19.
Classical relevance to me: Well worth having.
Suite: The Three Men. (1935)
Concert Valse: Dancing Nights. (1932)
Two Symphonic Rhapsodies. (1933)
Idyll: Summer Afternoon.
Ballet: The Enchanted Garden. (1946)
Concert Valse: Footlights. (1939)
Suite 4 Centuries. (1942)
March: London Bridge. (1934)
London PO, Barry Wordsworth.
To begin with, the sound is top notch, and the interpretation leaves no wishes open. Coates was a master in light music. And by no means one you easily forget. What he wrote is expertly done, and in light music that's high art too. Beautiful tunes, flirtations with music of his times, made the musical critics dropping him from their sight. This was however no problem for him, because his music was played anyway, despite the humbugs of critics, who think they are experts, but they turn out to be old farts, with nothing else on their mind as to break down a composer or two. And radio did his career tons of good, people started to listen to him through the wire. He also wrote a lot of fine tunes for films, notably the "Dambusters". Fine contrapuntal skills he displays throughout his music, almost effortless. His music oozes joie-de-vivre and a certain nonchalance, he can be energetic, but also dreamlike, write ballet music, or as easily a march, in which he was as adept as say Elgar or Walton. Music that will lift your spirit. I like Coates his music.
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