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Country Gardens & Other Favorites / Frederick Fennell


Release Date: 05/11/1993 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434330   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Percy Aldridge GraingerEric Coates
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony OrchestraLondon Pops
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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. About the Mercury recording I'm less sure, though: the internal clarity and range on these 1959 tapes remain remarkable (even if balance is, in truth, closer than ideal), but violin timbre is distinctly wiry and a certain lack of ambient glow does prove somewhat tiring on the ear after a while.

The lively Coates coupling, set down some six years later within Watford Town Hall, sounds rather more congenial. This, too, is accorded delightful
Read more treatment, with a memorable oboe solo in ''Springtime in Angus'' (one of Coates's most indelible tunes—which is certainly saying something!). Ignore my technical protestations: what we have here is yet another winner from the vintage Mercury stable.

-- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone [11/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Country Gardens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2. Shepherd's Hey by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3. Colonial Song by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  London 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 Symphony Orchestra,  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1918 
5. Immovable Do by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
6. Mock Morris by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  London 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 Symphony Orchestra,  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
8. Irish Tune from County Derry "Danny Boy" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
9. Spoon River by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  London 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 Symphony Orchestra,  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
11. Molly on the Shore for Orchestra by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914; USA 
12. The 3 Elizabeths by Eric Coates
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Pops
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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