The idea of a Czech orchestra tackling such essentially British light music classics probably sounds somewhat incongruous and yet from the very first track on the Marco Polo disc (Portrait of a Flirt) they prove themselves to be unquestionably adept and idiomatic interpreters. Though they may falter occasionally, the carefree humour and abundant warmth that imbues these beloved musical gems is conveyed with obvious enjoyment. The success of their performance is undoubtedly due to the enthusiastic approach of conductor Adrian Leaper, who guides them through this sparkling programme with a refreshing lightness of touch and triumphantly coaxes from the string section that wonderfully velvety sheen that typifies Farnon's string writing... ForRead more devotees of light music at its most captivating...the joyful Marco Polo issue is the one to go for.
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