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Fennell Conducts British & American Band Classics


Release Date: 09/13/2005 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 000519002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Percy Aldridge GraingerEric CoatesLeroy AndersonGustav Holst,   ... 
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester PopsThe London Pops OrchestraEastman Wind Ensemble
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here are four of the greatest recordings from Frederick Fennell and Eastman on Mercury Living Presence. Classic recordings from the golden age of early stereo.

Country Gardens:
"Certainly no complaints about the orchestral playing on this immensely enjoyable Grainger programme. Fennell coaxes some typically beefy, big-hearted sounds from his enthusiastic Eastman-Rochester forces, and his fresh-faced conducting betokens a genuine affection for this repertoire... the internal clarity and range on these 1959 tapes remain remarkable... what we have here is yet another winner from the vintage Mercury stable." -- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone [11/1993]

FULL REVIEW FROM CLASSICAL.NET
This is truly
Read more a delightful set which brings together a number of fine composers such as Eric Coates, Percy Grainger and Leroy Anderson together with a host of others who are less well known than others. Frederick Fennell was truly a legendary name in Mercury circles having recorded a large corpus of short works with the equally legendary Eastman-Rochester Orchestra.

The first disc includes a host of splendid marches that will surely raise the spirit of anyone down in the doldrums. These include works by Sousa, Tieke, Prokofieff, Alford, Meacham and Coates and all are recorded in what can only be termed as stunning Mercury sound.

Fennel was also a dab hand at what is now termed as British Light Music and his recordings of Percy Grainger miniatures and suites by Eric Coates are truly memorable although for nostalgia purposes, they will not displace Reginald Kilbey, at least for me. Leroy Anderson is a composer that perhaps does not feature so much in the public consciousness but Fennell directs the music with a sympathetic vein that makes it quite dashing and beautiful.

The final disc includes some wonderful arrangements for wind band that include a rip-roaring account of Walton's 'Crown Imperial' march. I also enjoyed music by Clifton Williams and Holst's 'Hammersmith', all given sterling performances by the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

As already indicated, these classic Mercury recordings have really come up trumps with the engineering that borders on the superb. Ivan March's short but succinct essay makes interesting reading and I wouldn't hesitate recommending this fantastic set for some quiet but nostalgic Sunday afternoon listening.

Copyright © 2005, Gerald Fenech, Classical.net
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Works on This Recording

1.
Country Gardens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2.
Shepherd's Hey by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
Colonial Song by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1918; England 
4.
Children's March "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1918 
5.
Immovable Do by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Mock Morris by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; England 
7.
Room Music Tit Bits: Handel in the Strand by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Irish Tune from County Derry "Danny Boy" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
9.
Spoon River by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
10.
My Robin is to the greenwood gone by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
11.
Molly on the Shore by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
12.
London "London Every Day": Westminster by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Pops Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
13.
Goldilocks: Pirate Dance by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Pops Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
14.
A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Pops Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
15.
Sandpaper Ballet by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
16.
Forgotten Dreams by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
17.
Trumpeter's Lullaby by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
18.
Penny-Whistle Song by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
19.
Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
20.
Irish Suite by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
21.
Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 52/H 178 "Hammersmith" by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1931; England 
22.
Fanfare and Allegro by Clifton Williams
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
23.
Hands Across the Sea by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; USA 
24.
Le Père la Victoire by Gustave Louis Ganne
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
25.
The Golden Ear by Mariano San Miguel
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
26.
Old Comrades by Carl Teike
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Germany 
27.
March in B flat major, Op. 99 by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USSR 
28.
Valdres March by Johannes Hanssen
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Norway 
29.
Inglesina by Davide Delle Cese
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
30.
London "London Every Day": Knightsbridge by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
31.
US Field Artillery by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1917; USA 
32.
Thunderer by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1889; USA 
33.
Washington Post by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; USA 
34.
King Cotton by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; USA 
35.
El Capitan (march) by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; USA 
36.
Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; USA 
37.
American Patrol by Frank W. Meacham
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; USA 
38.
On the mall by Edwin Franko Goldman
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
39.
Lights Out by Earl E. McCoy
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
40.
Barnum and Bailey's Favorite March by Karl King
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; USA 
41.
Colonel Bogey by Kenneth Alford
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1913; England 
42.
Billboard March by John Klohr
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1901; USA 
43.
The 3 Elizabeths by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Pops Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
44.
Four Ways: no 1, Northwards by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Pops Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
45.
Four Ways: no 3, Eastwards by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Pops Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
46.
Suite of Carols by Leroy Anderson
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Pops Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
47.
William Byrd Suite by Gordon Jacob
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
48.
Symphonic Songs for Band by Robert Russell Bennett
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
49.
Coronation March "Crown Imperial" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 

Featured Sound Samples

Hands Across the Sea (Sousa)
William Byrd Suite (Jacob): I. The Earle of Oxford's Marche
Coronation March "Crown Imperial" (Walton)

Sound Samples

Hands Across the Sea
Father of Victory (Le père la victoire)
The Golden Ear
Old Comrades
March, Op.99
Valdres March
Inglesina
London Suite: 3. Knightsbridge (March)
US Field Artillery
The Thunderer
Washington Post
King Cotton
El Capitán
The Stars and Stripes Forever
American Patrol
On the Mall
Lights Out
Barnum and Bailey's Favorite
Colonel Bogey
The Billboard
Country Gardens
Shepherd's Hey
Colonial Song
Children's March
The Immovable Do
Mock Morris
Handel in the Strand
Danny Boy (Traditional) Irish tune from County Derry
Spoon River
My Robin is to the Greenwood Gone
Molly on the Shore
The Three Elizabeths: Halcyon Days
The Three Elizabeths: Springtime in Angus
The Three Elizabeths: Youth of Britain

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