Many record companies are currently reporting great success with issues and reissues of British light music dating from the first half of the twentieth century. This Hyperion issue is the fourth in such a series, and it gets a welcome and a recommendation from me.
Here are 20 items altogether, offering 78 minutes of quality light entertainment, and a hint that the bottom of the barrel has not been reached yet by any means. Of course, Eric Coates and Albert Ketèlbey are represented, and there is the highly distinguished "Petite Suite de Concert" by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. A favorite of mine, dating from the days of 78s, is the Doge's March. It also, in more recent years, proved a popular item to include in the repertoire of a school orchestra.
Well-researched liner notes and excellent 2002 recording quality contribute to the value of this top priced issue. If Ronald Corp's directing were sharper and more characterful, this would have earned five stars. Performances tend to be languorous rather than lithe, refined rather than raunchy.