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British Film Composers

AS&V White Line 2145

… in Concert

  • Clifton Parker:
  • Thieve's Carnival
  • Two Choreographic Studies
  • Leighton Lucas: Ballet de la Reine
  • Anthony Collins: Eire Suite
  • Bruce Montgomery:
  • Scottish Aubade
  • Scottish Lullaby
  • Eric Rogers: Palladium Symphony
Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland
Academy Sound & Vision White Line CDWHL2145 72m DDD
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Parker's rambunctious overture 'Thieves' Carnival' is a miniature masterpiece and it is one of the works that I constantly found myself replaying for maximum enjoyment. Lucas' 'Ballet De La Reine' is also extremely enjoyable and on all counts this is another major find from a rather obscure composer.

Like many fellow listeners, I will always remember Anthony Collins for his ground breaking Sibelius cycle in the early 1950's but he was also a dab composer as this rousing 'Eire Suite' demonstrates. From Ireland, its then off to Scotland with Montgomery's Scottish Aubade and Lullaby that are also gems of a neglected kind.

Finally, we have Eric Rogers' 'Palladium Symphony', a colourful work that rounds off a most enjoyable record. Sutherland's sprightly and up-to-the-minute performances are a constant delight and for those who are enthused on AS&V's excellent series of British Light Music then this volume is an obvious must-have.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech

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