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Coates: London Again, Etc / Wilson, Royal Liverpool Po


Release Date: 08/02/2005 
Label:  Avie   Catalog #: 2070   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





The name of Eric Coates has been synonymous with English light music for decades. These works have retained their popularity worldwide over the years largely because of recordings like this and the Marco Polo British light music series. Never mind that nearly all of Coates?s music sounds similar, whether it is in the form of a suite, phantasy, waltz, or march. In The Three Men suite, ?The Man from the Country,? ?The Man about Town,? and ?The Man from the Sea? musically sound like the same person despite slightly different tempos and orchestration. Coates is primarily known for his Read more style="font-style:italic">London suite (unfortunately not recorded here), but the London Again suite is structurally similar and may even be better. The second movement Elegie is absolutely gorgeous with its tolling bells, gongs, and organ-like sonorities. The Selfish Giant reveals a remarkable and not-too-subtle thematic resemblance to a theme from Erich Wolfgang Korngold?s score for The Sea Hawk , composed several years later. Needless to say this fantasy has an enchanting, wistful, and very civilized charm. There is even a brief moment of drama at the stroke of midnight in the Cinderella fantasy.


And so it goes with this collection of delectable works. Recordings of Coates?s music have periodically surfaced over the years, and most of them are quite good. If a conductor is interested enough to record it, the results are usually fine. John Wilson and the orchestra take the music seriously, but always maintain a quicksilver light touch and never over inflate it. The sound is excellent in every way. The orchestra is recorded in a natural concert hall setting with a realistic sense of depth and none of the artificial instrumental spotlighting that you often hear in crossover collections and film scores. If you like these charming miniatures and need a new recording, you certainly won?t go wrong here.


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Works on This Recording

1. London Again by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/07/2003 - 10/08/2003) 
2. Footlights Waltz by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/07/2003 - 10/08/2003) 
3. The Selfish Giant by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/07/2003 - 10/08/2003) 
4. Cinderella by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/07/2003 - 10/08/2003) 
5. Summer Days by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/07/2003 - 10/08/2003) 
6. TV March by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/07/2003 - 10/08/2003) 
7. The Three Men by Eric Coates
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; England 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/07/2003 - 10/08/2003) 

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