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Victorian Concert Overtures

  • George Alexander Macfarren: Chevy Chace
  • Henry Hugh Pierson: Roméo and Juliet
  • Arthur Sullivan: Macbeth
  • Frederick Corder: Prospero
  • Edward Elgar: Froissart Op. 19
  • Charles Hubert Hastings Parry: Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy
  • Alexander Campbell Mackenzie: 'Brittania' – A Nautical Overture
English Northern Philharmonia/David Lloyd-Jones
Hyperion Helios CDH55088 67m DDD
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This disc was one of my perennial favourites in the Hyperion catalogue and its reissue as a bargain price CD is doubly welcome. Lloyd-Jones is a charismatic interpreter of these dashing pieces and the indomitable English spirit is certainly present in each and every work.

Elgar's 'Froissart' has received more memorable contributions, especially from Barbirolli, but Lloyd Jones is definitely not to be undone. The rare works by Pierson and Mcfarren definitely come to life quite magically and Sullivan's 'Macbeth' is also wonderfully done. Parry's 'Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy' is a bit lean but that is not the orchestra's fault, indeed they certainly come of their own in Mackenzie's spirited 'Brittania'.

The notes are as detailed and precise as one could imagine. You cannot be a true British bulldog if you are without this one!

Copyright © 2002, Gerald Fenech