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Music of Eric COATES conducted by John Wilson

MUSIC OF ERIC COATES  – Eighth Army March,  Summer Days Suite, In a Country Lane, On the Edge of the Lake,  At the Dance,  Selfish Giant “Phantasy for Orchestra”,  Footlights “Concert Waltz”,  London Again Suite, Oxford Street March,  Langham Place (Elegy),  Mayfair (Waltz), Cinderella “Phantasy”, Three Men Suite, The Man from the Country, The Man About Town, The Man from the Sea,  TV March

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson

Avie AV2070 @£14.25*

Here is a disc featuring the Father of British Light Music, Eric Coates. Signature tunes mingle with rarely heard works, taking you back to an era of confidence and exuberance. On the podium is the young light music, jazz and screen music specialist John Wilson, whose enormous collection of Coates memorabilia and intimate knowledge of his music are unsurpassed.

The music of Eric Coates, whose immortal By the Sleepy Lagoon is still used as the signature tune for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, evokes a bygone era when – if my rose-tinted spectacles don’t deceive me – we were all carefree. Coates wrote happy music, and this disc provides a wonderful excuse for escapism as well as celebrating a composer who had a prolific talent for a good tune and a catchy line in brilliant orchestration.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has not gone for the obvious pieces here. The Dam Busters March and Knightsbridge (remember In Town Tonight on the Home Service?) are not included, but there is plenty more besides to bring a pleasurable gulp of nostalgia to the throat.

The London Again Suite, Summer Days Suite and the “phantasies” The Selfish Giant and Cinderella are all top-drawer Coates, beautifully crafted and full of atmosphere. So too are the portraits of country gent, town-dweller and sailor in the Three Men Suite, where Coates cunningly finds that the tune of Three Blind Mice fits neatly into the scheme of things. This is not so much light music as music that is light of heart.” The Telegraph, Cd of the Week.

Avie AV2070 @£14.25*


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