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Coates: Sound And Vision, Etc / Wilson, Allen, Et Al


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog #: 7198   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-WilsonThomas Allen
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fills gaps with a consummate sweep and mastery.

Coatesians should snap this up without delay. It fills gaps with a consummate sweep.

Sound and Vision concisely sums up Coates’ gift for cock-a-whoop flat-cap jauntiness. There’s even a doff of the ‘titfer’ to Sousa. Compare this with a Coates war-work in the shape of The Eighth Army march. This has the swagger of the common man and rises to magniloquent brass oratory. The pick of the bunch is the cheeky-chattering Holborn March I with clattering polished brogues and a nobilmente lyric. These three are late works with the Coates accent fully formed. They contrast with the more Edward German-indebted From the Countryside. The suite’s finale At the Fair is a
Read more typically Mummerset and Morris Dancers romp with nods to Harty’s Irish Symphony and Balfour Gardiner’s Shepherd Fennel. Moresque looks to the exotic Hispano-Moorish accent with plenty of local colour à la Massenet and some surprising twists; almost as many as in the even more inventive Eastern Dance from Four Ways. The four movements of the characterful Four Ways suite take their character from the points of the compass. Northwards is a frankly superb aggressive march with hints of Tchaikovsky 5, of Bax’s later Northern Ballad No. 1 and of Harty’s With The Wild Geese. The Three Bears waltz plays beguilingly with a blend of Tchaikovsky and Delius.

The songs with orchestra include the compact and sentimental cycle The Mill O'Dreams even if the first has the contours of a Stanford song. The whole set, including the charmingly lilting The Man in the Moon, is easy to like even if the tenor here resorts to a vibrato which I find distracting. However he enunciates lucidly and with intelligence. The final song is Blue Bells which takes us into George Butterworth’s contemporary song-cycle Love Blows as the Wind Blows. The limning of the lyrical line by the horns is lovingly done. I should also mention the gorgeous sentimentality of the late song Your Name to words by Christopher Hassall; the same Hassall who provided the libretto for Bliss’s Beatitudes and Mary of Magdala, Walton’s Troilus and Cressida and Malcolm Arnold’s Song of Simeon. Better ye are the four popular songs taken by Sir Thomas Allen even if they are mildly kitschy. Listen to how he spins the word ‘eyes’ at the end of I Heard You Singing. His voice demonstrates an oaken, finely rough-brushed tone and magnificent control. He is sparing with the very novelty accents that these songs tempt to unwise extremes from less thoughtful singers. Here is a baritone who has been blessed with a voice to die for and who has the stewardship to give generously and yet to preserve. These songs were made for him.

The sung words are not reproduced in the booklet but they can be heard clearly. The notes are by the gifted and generous Stephen Lloyd and they match the exemplary listening experience here on offer.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sound and Vision by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Holborn by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Moresque by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Your Name by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
The Green Hills o' Somerset by Eric Coates
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
I Heard you Singing by Eric Coates
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
7.
The Fairy Tales of Ireland by Eric Coates
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8.
Bird Songs at Eventide by Eric Coates
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9.
The 3 Bears: Waltz by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10.
8th Army March by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11.
The Mill o' Dreams: Back o' the Moon by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
12.
The Mill o' Dreams: Dream o' Nights by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
13.
The Mill o' Dreams: The Man in the Moon by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
14.
The Mill o' Dreams: Blue Bells by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
15.
A Song of Summer by Eric Coates
Performer:  Richard Edgar-Wilson (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
16.
From the Countryside: no 1, In the meadows "Early morning" by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
17.
From the Countryside: no 2, Among the poppies "Afternoon" by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
18.
From the Countryside: no 3, At the fair "Evening" by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
19.
Four Ways: no 1, Northwards by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
20.
Four Ways: no 2, Southwards by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
21.
Four Ways: no 3, Eastwards by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
22.
Four Ways: no 4, Westwards by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 

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