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A rousing collection of music evoking Britain’s capital city in all its pomp and glory. CD 1 takes the listener on a nostalgic journey though British light music from Sullivan to Farnon, whilst CD 2 embraces traditional classical music from all eras.
By Karl Lozier
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The two discs combined offer a total of twenty six selections. All are performed quite well to outstandingly so. With so many Naxos releases involved, the seeming likeness of the very good audio quality offered by Naxos is a pleasant surprise with its sense of continuity. The Crown Imperial march by Walton was particularly notable for its fine overall presentation and excellent audio quality.
BEST OF LONDON (8.572098-99)
These discs present a rich and varied flavour of Britain’s capital city. Offering a diverse and wide-ranging taste of music spanning over three centuries, the pieces on this compilation are evocative of London in all its glory, whether that be light musical cameos of famous locations, to the majestic Coronation Anthems of Handel and the eponymous symphonies of Haydn and Vaughan Williams. This 2-CD set contains music by some of Britain’s most popular native and adopted composers. The first disc on this compilation offers a nostalgic trip back through British light music, easily recognized for its emphasis on instantly accessible and catchy melodies. Tracks include the popular Yeomen of the Guard overture by Arthur Sullivan, as well as extracts from the London Suites by Dam Busters composer Eric Coates and Dankworth’s Rediffusion London Call Sign. The second disc comprises more traditional pieces, ranging from delicate lute arrangements of Henry VIII’s attributed ditty Greensleeves to Walton’s joyous coronation march Crown Imperial.
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