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Robert FARNON (1917-2005)
Concorde March (1969) [3:10]
Holiday Flight (1958?) [2:52]
London Symphony Orchestra/Robert Farnon
rec. 1975, West Ham Central Mission, UK
CRD 6001 [6:04]

This is a one-off. In 1969 British Air commissioned a march to celebrate the successful launch of the Anglo-French Concorde supersonic airliner. They turned to Robert Farnon, eminent composer of light music and many other types of music, as well as conductor, arranger, broadcaster etc for the March. It was recorded by Farnon and the London Symphony Orchestra in the early days of the CRD label and released as what was then known as a “single”. CRD have re-released the single as a CD both as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Concorde and as a reminder of their own history.

The Concorde March is vintage Farnon and more reminiscent of his film music than of the better-known light music. The flip side of the original disc and the second track on this one is a revised version of his well-known piece Holiday Flight. Sound quality has advanced a lot since the 70’s but the acoustic is good for the time and orchestral details come through clearly, especially the vibraphone in Holiday Flight.

A six-minute CD may not seem like a good buy to some listeners, even at a bargain price, but there are many, many Farnon fans who will want this disc and others who are interested in the Concorde and aviation history in general. Highly recommended for these audiences and as a reminder of an era of great technological achievements.

William Kreindler

Footnote

Nimbus initially released these as digital only singles but it was picked up by Scala Radio and then by the aviation museums who requested CDs for the gift shops.

 



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