Royal Ballet Sinfonia / Gavin Sutherland

The British Light Music Collection, Vol. 1

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Though surely not the first disc of light British orchestral music the neophyte should hear -- a disc that includes Vaughan Williams' Greensleeves Fantasia and Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance Marches should certainly have that honor -- this two-disc set, called The British Light Music Collection, Vol. 1, will delight fans of orchestral music from the Land of Hope and Glory. Of course, only the most dedicated fans of British music will have heard of some of these 17 composers. And even the most dedicated of fans will probably be unfamiliar with Malcolm Arnold's Little Suite, Gordon Jacob's The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil Overture, or Eric Fenby's Rossini on Ilkla Moor Overture. Yet all these pieces, even the most obscure, have their charming tunes, their enchanting colors, their infectious rhythms, and their witty formal structures. While only a madman would listen to both discs straight through -- too many aural confections in a row are likely to bring on the musical equivalent of an upset stomach -- selected samplings will cause all but the most curmudgeonly listeners to break out in a smile. Superbly performed with a deft but affectionate touch by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia under Gavin Sutherland, this disc should be heard by anyone who loves British music without reservation.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Roots of Heaven, film score
1 05:08 Amazon
Suite of Scottish Dances
2 01:07 Amazon
3 00:49 Amazon
4 02:11 Amazon
5 00:57 Amazon
6 01:01 Amazon
7 00:47 Amazon
8 00:55 Amazon
9 07:20 Amazon
The Glass Slipper, children's operetta
10 03:16 Amazon
11 05:57 Amazon
12 04:34 Amazon
13 14:02 Amazon
14 05:18 Amazon
Little Suite, for orchestra
15 02:49 Amazon
16 01:25 Amazon
17 02:13 Amazon
18 02:17 Amazon
19 01:05 Amazon
20 06:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Little Suite No. 4, for orchestra, Op. 80a (arr. Philip Lane)
1 02:01 Amazon
2 03:34 Amazon
3 02:07 Amazon
4 06:15 Amazon
Traditional Hornpipe Suite, for orchestra
5 01:26 Amazon
6 01:27 Amazon
7 01:04 Amazon
8 00:55 Amazon
9 00:43 Amazon
10 01:33 Amazon
11 06:42 Amazon
Wexford Bells, Suite on Old Irish Tunes for orchestra
12 02:43 Amazon
13 03:33 Amazon
14 01:54 Amazon
15 03:28 Amazon
16 06:50 Amazon
Ayrshire Serenade, for orchestra, Op. 42
17 03:12 Amazon
18 03:50 Amazon
19 03:16 Amazon
20 05:32 Amazon
Suite of Cotswold Folk Dances, for orchestra
21 01:44 Amazon
22 02:26 Amazon
23 01:59 Amazon
24 01:32 Amazon
25 01:52 Amazon
26 02:14 Amazon
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