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British Light Music Classics

Volume 4

  • Trevor Duncan: High Heels
  • Ray Martin: Marching Strings
  • Peter Hope: The Ring of Kerry
  • Frederic Curzon: Dance of an Ostracised Imp
  • John Foulds: Keltic Suite
  • Charles Williams: Rhythm on Rails
  • Eric Coates: By the Sleepy Lagoon
  • Arthur Benjamin: Jamaican Rumba
  • Albert W Ketèlbey: In a Monastery Garden
  • Charles Williams: A Quiet Stroll
  • Percy Fletcher: Two Parisian Sketches
  • Jack Beaver: Cavalcade of Youth
  • Frederic Bayco: Elizabethan Masque
  • Henry Balfour Gardiner: Shepherd Fennell's Dance
  • Charles W. Ancliffe: Thrills
  • Frederick Rosse: The Merchant of Venice
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Petite Suite de Concert
The New London Orchestra/Ronald Corp
Hyperion CDA67400 78m DDD
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After an almost three year wait, Hyperion's delightful British Light Music series returns with its fourth volume that proves the immortality of this lovely genre.

An important addition to the repertoire is definitely Corp's loving interpretation of Coleridge taylor's 'Petite Suite de Concert', immortalized in George Weldon's famous EMI recording and one of my first discoveries as a teenage music lover! There are other famous works that receive sumptuous treatment, amongst others, Ketelbey's 'In a Monastery Garden', Curzon's 'Dance of an Ostracized Imp' and the sensually languorous, 'By the Sleepy Lagoon' from Eric Coates.

Ronald Corp chooses sensibly and most of the other light music names are also present, names such as Ancliffe, Rosse, Beaver and John Foulds with his lovely 'Keltic Lament' amongst the most beautiful works on this disc.

Each piece is played with supreme sensitivity and dedication and the recordings are also top-drawer quality. The front cover is also singularly delightful and blends well with the previous issues. I still think that Volume 2 was the best in this series but as they go on, you just can't resist the temptation of snapping em' up!

Copyright © 2002, Gerald Fenech