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V4 British Light Music Classic


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B00006GO68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Marching Strings
2. Jaunting Car
3. High Heels
4. Dance Of An Ostracised Imp
5. Keltic Lament
6. Rhythm On Rails
7. By The Sleepy Lagoon
8. Jamaican Rumba
9. In A Monastery Garden
10. A Quiet Stroll
11. Demoiselle Chic
12. Cavalcade Of Youth
13. Elizabethan Masque
14. Shepherd Fennel's Dance
15. Thrills
16. The Doge's March / Petite Suite De Concert
17. La Caprice De Nanette
18. Demande Et Reponse
19. Un Sonnet D'amour
20. La Tarantelle Fretillante

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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.
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The British Light Music Classics series on Hyperion are some of the most-played discs in my collection. I have Volumes 1-3 as well and have found all of them to be a welcome alternative for those days when you're not in the mood for the "heavier" classics such as Beethoven or Brahms, but are still looking for some quality music to enrich your day.
The 17 selections in this volume are, if anything, a slight improvement overall from Volume 3 -- proving that conductor Rondald Corp's enthusiasm and excellent taste are still actively engaged. The New London Orchestra play all of these pieces with their usual alertness, energy, and attention to detail.
In short, an excellent introduction to this wonderful series, and presented with Hyperion's usual thorough and well-written notes and attention to quality -- truly one of the classiest labels in the business and worth every penny of the somewhat stiff price.
Buy and enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
78 minutes of quality light entertainment. Feb. 10 2003
By John Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A strong and entertaining series continues ... April 25 2003
By Ed Brickell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The British Light Music Classics series on Hyperion are some of the most-played discs in my collection. I have Volumes 1-3 as well and have found all of them to be a welcome alternative for those days when you're not in the mood for the "heavier" classics such as Beethoven or Brahms, but are still looking for some quality music to enrich your day.
The 17 selections in this volume are, if anything, a slight improvement overall from Volume 3 -- proving that conductor Rondald Corp's enthusiasm and excellent taste are still actively engaged. The New London Orchestra play all of these pieces with their usual alertness, energy, and attention to detail.
In short, an excellent introduction to this wonderful series, and presented with Hyperion's usual thorough and well-written notes and attention to quality -- truly one of the classiest labels in the business and worth every penny of the somewhat stiff price.
Buy and enjoy!
The final instalment of a very good series July 10 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc, well recorded in 2002, marks the final instalment of a good series covering the period of English Light Music very thoroughly.

This disc follows the pattern of its predecessors with around 20 tracks amounting to 75 minutes or more or this material. Many of the pieces will be familiar to radio listeners from earlier generations plus some early television programs. The opening 'marching Strings' will therefore be known to followers of the very popular Top of the Form quiz show. Desert Island Discs, still running, is represented by 'By a Sleepy Lagoon' and 'A Quiet Stroll' introduced BBC Gardening. 'Rhythm on Rails' introduced BBC Morning Music with its evocative reminder of the days of steam and 'The Barlows of Beddington' are represented by 'Cavalcade of Youth.'

Other very well known pieces include Benjamin's 'Jamaican Rumba' and Ketelbey's 'In a Monastery Garden' and there are many others which will be recognised for a variety of individual reasons.

All of this music is skilfully written and essentially lyrical with many having a mild underlying swing, the emphasis being upon 'mild'. The music is played with evident enjoyment and the high standards of the rest of the series is maintained.

It is to be hoped that this disc will eventually be re-issued at a reasonable price as it, and the remainder of the series, clearly fill a gap in the market. In the meantime it is probably best to keep an eye out for good second-hand copies.

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