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British Light Music - Docker: Orchestral Works / Knight, RTE


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 8223837   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Docker
Performer:  William DaviesDavid Presly
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whatever the source or occasion, Robert Docker turned out classy, polished scores that transform diverse materials into a ready-made and ageless symphonic idiom.

This latest installment in Marco Polo's "British Light Music" series offers a virtual modern-day apotheosis of the venerable "palm court" salon music of a century or more ago.

Robert Docker (1918-92) was in many ways an atypical figure in the world of contemporary light music. Classically trained and oriented, he first made a name for himself as a recital accompanist for operatic singers. Later on he produced a small but select body of work that builds upon the refined and civilized tradition of Elgar, German, and
Read more Coleridge-Taylor. There's no hint of pop commercialization here or even any pompous pseudoclassical bathos. His best-known piece is Legend, a "Warsaw Concerto" clone, and it is a far more dignified and intimate in tone than its models, while some of the other works here—the Three Contrasts for Oboe and Strings and the Scènes de ballet, for example—project a concert-hall kind of ambience and substance. Tabahnage is a tongue-in-cheek romp in an Anglican-Offenbach manner, while The Spirit of Cambria (a fantasia on four Welsh folk tunes), Fairy Dance Reel, and Blue Ribbons (based on Oh dear, what can the matter be?) display Docker's outstanding arranging and orchestrating skills to great advantage.

Whatever the source or occasion, he turned out classy, polished scores that transform diverse materials into a ready-made and ageless symphonic idiom. Though he tends to fall back on time-tested forms and styles that permit little room for the adventurous or the idiosyncratic, the most original work here is Pastiche Variations, wherein the main theme—the French folk tune Frère Jacques—is only gradually disclosed through an artful aping of many famous composers from the past. This well-turned-out quarter-hour piece is well worthy of sharing a program with other chestnuts of the established repertoire.

Excellent notes by conductor Barry Knight, who leads the RTE Concert Orchestra of Ireland in immaculate and idiomatic readings.

Another essential contribution to the recorded library of light concert music.

-- Paul A. Snook, FANFARE [9/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Legend for Piano and Orchestra by Robert Docker
Performer:  William Davies (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1959; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Scène du Bal by Robert Docker
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Contrasts (3) for Oboe and Strings by Robert Docker
Performer:  David Presly (Oboe)
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 17 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Tabarinage by Robert Docker
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Scènes de Ballet by Robert Docker
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1985; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Air and Jig for Strings: Air by Robert Docker
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
7.
The Spirit of Cambria by Robert Docker
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 7 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Fairy Dance Reel by Robert Docker
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1958; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Blue Ribbons "Variations on 'O Dear! What Can the Matter Be?'" by Robert Docker
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10.
Pastiche Variations for Piano and Orchestra by Robert Docker
Performer:  William Davies (Piano)
Conductor:  Barry Knight
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dublin RTE Concert Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
Venue:  O'Reilly Hall, Dublin University, Dublin 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Legend
Scene du Bal
3 Contrasts for Oboe and Strings: Alla Marcia
3 Contrasts for Oboe and Strings: Romanza
3 Contrasts for Oboe and Strings: Rondolet
Tabarinage
Scenes de Ballet: Prelude
Scenes de Ballet: Allegretto
Scenes de Ballet: Adage
Scenes de Ballet: Finale
Air
The Spirit of Cambria: The Spirit Of Cambria
Fairy Dance Reel
Blue Ribbons
Pastiche Variations

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