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Britain's Choice

  • Percy Grainger:
  • Gardens
  • Molly on the Shore
  • Londonderry Air
  • Handel in the Strand
  • Mock Morris
  • Shepherd's Hey
  • Roger Quilter: Children's Overture
  • Geoffrey Toye: The Haunted Ballroom
  • Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: Dusk
  • Henry Balfour Gardiner: Shepherd Fennel's Dance
  • Gordon Langford: March from the Colour Suite
  • Robert Farnon: A la Claire fontaine
  • Ernest Tomlinson: Suite of English Folk Dances
  • Trevor Duncan: March from "A Little Suite"
  • Frederic Curzon: The Boulevardier
  • Ronald Binge: The Watermill
  • Robert Docker: Tabarinage
  • Peter Hope: Suite "The Ring of Kerry"
The Light Music Society Orchestra/Vivian Dunn
Dutton Vocalion CDLK4182 94m DDD
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These two LPs afforded the greatest pleasure for enthusiasts of the British Light Music genre, a golden period of which was the 1950's and 60's when these recordings were set down.

The Grainger items are positively bucolic and bubbly with some astonishingly clear recordings especially in the delightful "Mock Morris" and the easygoing "Country Gardens".

The nostalgic "Children's Overture" by Roger Quilter is another party piece that has Dunn on absolute top form, superseding Leaper's recording on Marco Polo with aplomb.

The other items include some of the gems in this repertoire such as Curzon's "Boulevardier", Binge's "Watermill" and the suites from Tomlinson and Hope.

Although each LP is given a separate disc, the double album is offered at the price of one and it is a must for lovers of this genre to acquire. The lovely front covers of the original issues are reproduced in their full glory for this invaluable issue.

Copyright © 2003, Gerald Fenech