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William ALWYN
Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion

London Symphony Orchestra - Alwyn
Piano Concerto No. 2 - second movement - Allegro con fuoco (conclusion)
Howard Shelley / London Symphony Orchestra / Richard -Hickox
Sir Malcolm ARNOLD
Symphony No.2, Op. 40 - last movement (excerpt)

London Symphony Orchestra - Hickox
English Dances: Second Set, Op. 53 - Allegro non troppo
Philharmonia Orchestra / Bryden Thomson
Sir Arnold Bax
Winter Legends molto moderato - Allegro molto (opening)

Margaret Fingerhut / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Bryden Thomson
Dance of Wild Irravel (conclusion)
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bryden Thomson
Benjamin BRITTEN
Four Sea Interludes, Op 33a - Storm

Ulster Orchestra - Handley
King Arthur: Suite for Orchestra - Scherzo: Doom - Wild Dance (opening)
BBC Philharmonic / Richard Hickox
George DYSON
The Canterbury Pilgrims - The Poor Parson of the Town - (opening)

London Symphony Chorus/London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox
Violin Concerto - second movement Vivace - (opening)
Lydia Mordkovitch / City of London Sinfonia / Richard Hickox
Sir Edward ELGAR
The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Light of the World, we know Thy praise
The Apostles, Op. 49 - The Calling of the Apostles: The Dawn - Morning Psalm (opening)

London Symphony Chorus / London Symphony Orchestra / Richard Hickox
Three Carol-Anthems - A Spotless Rose

The Finzi Singers / Paul Spicer
Hope the Hornblower

Varcoe - City of London Sinfonia - Hickox
Graham PEEL
The Early Morning

Felicity Lott / Graham Johnson
Dido and Aeneas Dido: When I am laid in earth

Emma Kirkby / Taverner Choir / Taverner Players / Andrew Parrott
Symphony No. 1, Op. 44 - second movement (excerpt)

BBCNOW - Hickox
Sir Charles Villiers STANFORD
Symphony No. 3 Irish - third movement (excerpt)
Ulster Orchestra - Handley
Spem in Alium - opening

The Sixteen - Christophers
We Shall See Him as He Is - The Unfolding of the Great Mystery

Rozario, Ainsley, Murgatroyd, BBC Nat. Chor. of Wales, Britten Singers, BBCNOW Hickox
Sir Michael TIPPETT
Symphony No. 3 - Part 2: Fast Blues. Allegro

Faye Robinson / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Richard Hickox
Sir William WALTON
Richard Ill: A Shakespeare Scenario (arr. Christopher Palmer) - Coronation

Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Sir Neville Marriner
Capriol Suite - fourth movement
Sir John Blackwood McEWEN
A Solway Symphony -second movement - The Souwest wind: Vivace (opening)

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Alasdair Mitchell
[75.55]. Bargain Price

What a mixture. Chandos has this year very cleverly released this sampler disc at the same time as the Brits Awards, thus probably leading potential buyers hopefully into thinking that this is a disc summarising the Awards ceremony. Nothing could be further from the truth, but it is clever marketing never the less.

The disc is nothing more than a complilation taken from Chandos's magnificent catalogue of British music of bits and pieces assembled in no formal order. On top of that, Chandos is expecting the buyer to pay for this - in past years similar discs have been supplied free, attached to the front of magazines.

Given that the recording quality is superb in all excerpts, and the performances likewise, many of them award winners, this issue is a bit of a shame. I cannot see why we should be expected to pay for this, which is after all an advertisement for their discs. It all seems to be a bit of a con.


John Phillips

            • zzzzSummary A collection of bits and pieces superbly recorded and performed advertising Chandos's catalogue of British Music. Formerly supplied as a free disc attached to magazine fronts. This issue should be so supplied and not charged for.


John Phillips

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