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V3 British Light Music Classic

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  • Audio CD (March 21 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00004RJVA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The "Light Music Classics" series on Hyperion, one of the highest-quality classical music labels around, has been a very pleasant surprise for me. Let's face it: some days you're just not up to the challenge of listening to Beethoven or Bruckner -- you're just looking for some light, fun, but intelligent music to enrich your day. That's where this excellent and highly popular series comes in.
Twenty compositions are featured on Vol. 3, written by various British masters of light orchestral music including Eric Coates, Ernest Tomlinson, and Haydn Wood. All of the pieces are six minutes or under; all are skillfully composed and well-played by Ronald Corp and his orchestra, who know how to give this undemanding but highly entertaining music just the right touch -- not too heavy, not too frivolous. Plus, the disc is quite generously filled at 78 minutes and change.
As usual, most of the pieces have tunes you'll be humming after you first hear them -- many have been used as signature pieces on British radio and television shows over the years. While I don't feel this volume has as many winning tunes as Vol. 1 or Vol. 2, it's still highly entertaining and an excellent value. This has turned into one of Hyperion's most popular series and it's not hard to understand why: it fills a niche for intelligent light music.
Look for Volumes 1 and 2, as well as "European Light Music Classics" and "American Light Music Classics" -- all on the same label and just as excellently played by the same conductor and orchestra.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x967c4960) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d61480) out of 5 stars Intelligent classical "pops" for lighter moods. Nov. 8 2000
By Ed Brickell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The "Light Music Classics" series on Hyperion, one of the highest-quality classical music labels around, has been a very pleasant surprise for me. Let's face it: some days you're just not up to the challenge of listening to Beethoven or Bruckner -- you're just looking for some light, fun, but intelligent music to enrich your day. That's where this excellent and highly popular series comes in.
Twenty compositions are featured on Vol. 3, written by various British masters of light orchestral music including Eric Coates, Ernest Tomlinson, and Haydn Wood. All of the pieces are six minutes or under; all are skillfully composed and well-played by Ronald Corp and his orchestra, who know how to give this undemanding but highly entertaining music just the right touch -- not too heavy, not too frivolous. Plus, the disc is quite generously filled at 78 minutes and change.
As usual, most of the pieces have tunes you'll be humming after you first hear them -- many have been used as signature pieces on British radio and television shows over the years. While I don't feel this volume has as many winning tunes as Vol. 1 or Vol. 2, it's still highly entertaining and an excellent value. This has turned into one of Hyperion's most popular series and it's not hard to understand why: it fills a niche for intelligent light music.
Look for Volumes 1 and 2, as well as "European Light Music Classics" and "American Light Music Classics" -- all on the same label and just as excellently played by the same conductor and orchestra.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97d6160c) out of 5 stars A third volume of high quality light music played well May 27 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 1999, follows the pattern of the previous two volumes in the series. On this occasion there are 20 items chosen all expertly written for the idiom and equally expertly played with evident sympathy.

The music will be familiar to many listeners even if the titles are less familiar. Many have been used as signature tunes for various broadcast programmes in the past. Others, such as Ketelbey's 'In a Persian Market' will be especially familiar in every way. 'Music Everywhere' became the signature tune of Rediffusion. 'In Party Mood' likewise introduced 'Housewives Choice.' 'In Town Tonight'was introduced by 'Portrait of a Flirt' and 'Melody on the Move' introduced a programme of the same name. 'Alpine Pastures' introduced 'My Word' and 'on a Spring Note' was used by Pathe News.

With the exception of 'Soldiers in the Park' by Monckton (1898), the remainder of the music dates from the early to the mid 1900's fairly evenly spread across that period.

This is another successful disc in the series and as such is self recommending for anyone interested in music of this genre and from this period.


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