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British Light Music - Eric Coates / Leaper, CSR SO


Release Date: 07/19/1994 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223445   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eric Coates
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If Eric Coates scarcely needs the pioneering efforts of Marco Polo's British Light Music Series, this series would equally be incomplete without him. Sticking for the most part to well-worn territory, the result will provide joy for anyone—In Bratislava or wherever—who may be new to Coates's music, and it offers uncommonly generous and informative notes by Tim McDonald.

For the most part the marches come off particularly well, with "Knightsbridge" and "Oxford Street" bouncing along quite splendidly... In more restrained mood, Cinderella is quite charmingly done, as is The Selfish Giant—a piece in markedly similar vein that is, I believe, appearing on CD for the first time. Where Leaper scores most, though,
Read more is surely in the "Langham Place" `elegie' movement of the London Again suite. The movement pays homage not only to the BBC but also to the Queen's Hall, where Coates played as a young orchestral musician. The Elgarian nobilmente of Leaper's performance is surely just what Coates set out to capture.

-- Gramophone [1/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Dam Busters by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
2.
The Merrymakers: Miniature Overture by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
3.
London "London Every Day" by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
4.
Cinderella by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
5.
The Selfish Giant by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
6.
London Again by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
7.
Calling All Workers by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Adrian Leaper
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 

Sound Samples

The Merrymakers: (A Miniature Overture)
London Suite, "London Everyday": No. 1 Covent Garden
London Suite, "London Everyday": No. 2 Westminster
London Suite, "London Everyday": No. 3 Knightsbridge
Cinderella
The Selfish Giant
London Again Suite: No. 1 Oxford Street
London Again Suite: No. 2 Langham Place
London Again Suite: No. 3 Mayfair
Calling All Workers
The Dambusters: March: 'The Dam Busters'

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