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British Light Music Discoveries Vol 6 / Sutherland, Et Al


Release Date: 07/27/2004 
Label:  White Line   Catalog #: 2149   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henry Walford DaviesGareth GlynJohn FieldIain Hamilton,   ... 
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is another fine disc in White Line’s “British Light Music” series. The music may be characterized as “light” in the sense that all the pieces fall easily on the ear, but there is a great deal of fresh invention here, as well as a variety of styles. Performances are engagingly expert and expressive, and the sound is robust, warm, and natural. Best of all for the veteran collector, everything here is likely to be new with the exception of the Londonderry Air, and even that is dressed out in an effective setting by Sir Hamilton Harty, complete with a violin solo whose tone and mood remind one of Fritz Kreisler.

The final selection, Christopher Slaski’s Frank Lloyd Wright Suite, is the most ambitious work here, its four
Read more evocations of famous Wright buildings taking 24 minutes, a full third of the disc. Next in length—about 16 minutes, and arguably next in interest, is Gareth Glyn’s Legend of the Lake, a concert suite recently revised from a 1984 film score. Iain Hamilton’s Overture 1912 honors Tchaikovsky only in its title; its sequence of dance-hall tunes suggests Malcolm Arnold’s use of such material in serious works, and a final waltz sequence begins to disintegrate in the fashion of La valse by Ravel before sanity returns in emphatic closing chords. John Field’s Rondo derives from his Quintet for Piano and Strings (1815); Micaél O’Rourke has previously recorded this work with a string orchestra (Chandos CHN 9534); as such, it works very well indeed.

Sir Henry Walford Davies (1869–1941) wrote the properly rousing march that begins this program in 1919 when the Royal Air Force was quite new, but already well established because of the Great War of 1914–1918. The remaining short works on the disc, both by David Fanshawe, must be popular in the United Kingdom, for they are the only titles specified on the disc’s handsome front cover. Each has a tune appropriate to its subject, dressed up in tastefully fine orchestration. To conclude where we began: this is a fine disc, highly recommended.

Robert McColley, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1. March for the Royal Air Force by Henry Walford Davies
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2. Legend of the Lake by Gareth Glyn
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3. Rondo for Piano in A flat major by John Field
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; England 
4. Overture 1912 by Iain Hamilton
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; England 
5. Tarka the Otter by David Fanshawe
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
6. Frank Lloyd Wright Suite by Christopher Slaski
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; England 
7. Danny Boy "Londonderry Air" by Sir Hamilton Harty
Conductor:  Gavin Sutherland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 

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