Eric Coates: Orchestral Works Vol. 1 [Incls 'The Jester at the Wedding' & 'London Suite']

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Eric Coates: Orchestral Works Vol. 1 [Incls 'The Jester at the Wedding' & 'London Suite']
BBC Philharmonic, John Wilson

[ Chandos / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 4 October 2019

John Wilson's first album in a series of recordings of the orchestral works of Eric Coates, using his own definitive editions of the scores. includes the suites The Jester at the Wedding and London, and the miniature overture The Merrymakers. Infectiously idiomatic playing from the BBC Philharmonic! Eric Coates was born on August 27th, 1886, at Hucknall. Coates showed an interest in music at an early age, studying first the violin and then the viola with George Ellenberger, a pupil of Joachim, and harmony with Dr Ralph Horner in Nottingham. At the age of twenty he arrived in London determined to make a career in music despite some family misgivings. He won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied viola with Lionel Tertis and composition with Frederick Corder. Eventually, in 1919, when neuritis in his left hand made playing the viola more and more difficult, Eric Coates turned exclusively to composition. Eric Coates' work is in the tradition of polished melodic light music started by Sir Arthur Sullivan and continued by Edward German.

"With good recording, especially as heard in 24-bit sound, I'm very much looking forward to Volume 2. Did I mention the snazzy cover?" MusicWeb Recommended

"this opener sets the standard - that Wilson is relishing every second of the music, that the BBC Phil is in great nick and that Stephen Rinker's engineering brings sound of clarity and fidelity, every detail, dynamic and subtlety captured perfectly." ClassicalSource Five Stars


The Merrymakers (1922-23)
A Miniature Overture
Molto vivace - Grazioso - A tempo, appassionato

The Jester at the Wedding (1932)
Suite from the Ballet
To Phyllis

Dancing Nights (1931)
Concert Valse
Moderato - Tempo di Valse allegro - A tempo, scherzando

Two Symphonic Rhapsodies (1933)
on Popular songs

By the Sleepy Lagoon (1930)

London (1932)
(London Everyday)
Suite for Orchestra