[ Lyrita / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 18 January 2008
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"It's good that so many tapes from the Lyrita treasury are being issued in this way. Otherwise they might remain beached for ever. This disc has intrinsic satisfactions"
(MusicWeb Dec 2007)
"This collection starts with the Offenbach-gleeful Galop from The Bohemian Girl by Balfe. Here is a composer enjoying some well deserved attention now with books, recordings and revivals. The real obstacle to revival is the cost of producing his operas even semi-professionally. Andrew Davis then gives us a smoothly romantic and undemonstrative reading of Dorabella from Elgar's Enigma followed by a stately quick-tempo P&C No. 5. We then track back to a recording which appeared on one of the original Lyrita Lollipop collections in the 1970s. This is a collection which no doubt mops up the oddments after other more substantial composer-themed collections. It's good that so many tapes from the Lyrita treasury are being issued in this way. Otherwise they might remain beached for ever. This disc has intrinsic satisfactions and these are well buttressed by Fred Tomlinson, Imogen Holst and Lewis Foreman in their encyclopaedic liner notes. Good to see also that Lyrita are striving hard to include discographical information."
(MusicWeb Dec 2007)
1 The Bohemian Girl: Galop Michael Balfe
2 Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36; X. Dorabella Edward Elgar
3 Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 in C Op. 39 Edward Elgar
4 A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden Frederick Delius
5 Shepherd's Hey Percy Grainger
6 The Immovable Do Percy Grainger
7 An Irish Symphony: The Fair-Day Hamilton Harty
8 Capriol, Suite for full orchestra Peter Warlock
9 The Triumph of Neptune: Hornpipe Lord Berners
10 St. Paul's Suite for strings Op. 29 No. 2 Gustav Holst
11 Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis Ralph Vaughan Williams