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CHAN 9869
The Symphonic Eric Coates

Coates: Symphonic Music

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2002

Originally recorded in 2001

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Rumon Gamba



Venue:

New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Ralph Couzens


Brian Pidgeon



Engineer:

Stephen Rinker



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 78:22
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The Symphonic Eric Coates

 

ERIC COATES

(1886-1957)
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1 

Cinderella

14:58
  A Phantasy  
2 

The Selfish Giant

9:51
  A Phantasy  
  Orchestrated by Sydney Baynes  
3 

The Three Bears

9:31
  From the Fairy Story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'  
  A Phantasy for Orchestra  
  To Austin on His Fourth Birthday  
 

Miniature Suite

12:11  
4 1 Children's Dance. 3:05
5 2 Intermezzo. 3:37
6 3 Scène du bal. 5:20
   
 

London (London Everyday) Suite

14:46  
7 1 Covent Garden: Tarantelle. 4:55
8 2 Westminster: Meditation. 5:05
9 3 Knightsbridge. March. 4:36
   
 

Joyous Youth Suite

13:26  
10 I Introduction. 4:58
11 II Serenade. 4:03
12 III Valse 'Joyous Youth'. 4:18
   
13 

The Dam Busters March

4:05
  Con spirito - Grandioso  
Eric Coates: Orchestral music - BBC PO, Gamba

This is easily the best Eric Coates collection ever. It is a joy to hear his imaginatively coloured orchestration on a full-sized orchestra with an ample string-group splendidly served by these superb performances and Chandos' demonstration-worthy recording. The finest of the three Phantasies is The Three Bears, with its opening rhythmic phrase, 'Who's been sleeping in my bed?' and its later, utterly beguiling waltz theme. Cinderella boasts another richly romantic example, and two more, both deliciously lightweight, close the Joyous Youth Suite and the Miniature Suite, which shows the composer at his most elegant and graceful. More robust is the London Suite, with its vigorous, pacy evocation of the old Covent Garden Market, followed by a romantic portrayal of Westminster, complete with chimes. The Knightsbridge March finale was famous as a signature tune for the BBC. The programme ends, appropriately, with the Dam Busters. All orchestral musicians love playing Coates's music and that is conveyed by the orchestra throughout this wonderfully enjoyable CD. - Original Penguin Guide to Compact Discs review

"...This Chandos CD is arguably the finest single-CD collection of Coates’s music before the public. It is a joy to hear his imaginatively coloured orchestration on a full-size orchestra with ample string group, splendidly served by these superb performances and Chandos’s demonstration-worthy recordings..."

The Pengiun Guide – 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12
 


'A tonic of a programme - full of memorable meoldies, all stylishly played in splendid Chandos sound. Strongly recommended.'
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