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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
This installment of the Marco Polo label's wonderful British Light Music series is an album of Welsh Classical Favorites with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Andrew Penny. Apart from the charmingly optimistic title -- it's doubtful that many people outside the U. K. have ever heard the names of most of the composers, much less their music -- this well-chosen, consistently entertaining anthology proves an unalloyed delight, beginning with Grace Williams's perky Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes. Probably the best-known and most accomplished composer in the collection, William Mathias is represented by the deft and lovely Serenade, although Alun Hoddinott's Folksong ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
This installment of the Marco Polo label's wonderful British Light Music series is an album of Welsh Classical Favorites with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Andrew Penny. Apart from the charmingly optimistic title -- it's doubtful that many people outside the U. K. have ever heard the names of most of the composers, much less their music -- this well-chosen, consistently entertaining anthology proves an unalloyed delight, beginning with Grace Williams's perky Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes. Probably the best-known and most accomplished composer in the collection, William Mathias is represented by the deft and lovely Serenade, although Alun Hoddinott's Folksong Suite, Trevor Roberts's Pastorale, and Gareth Walters's A Gwent Suite are no less enchanting. Fresh, folksy, and exceedingly well-made, this music is "light" only in terms of its overall mood, not in its accomplishment or significance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2000
  • Label: Marco Polo
  • UPC: 636943504826
  • Catalog Number: 225048

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fantasia on Welsh Nursery Tunes - Grace Williams & Andrew Penny (10:41)
    Composed byGrace Williams
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  2. 2 Solemn Melody for organ - Henry Walford Davies & Andrew Penny (3:40)
    Composed byHenry Walford Davies
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  3. 3 Overture: Primavera - Gareth Walters & Andrew Penny (6:49)
    Composed byGareth Walters
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  4. 4 Pastorale for orchestra - Trevor Roberts & Andrew Penny (6:30)
    Composed byTrevor Roberts
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  5. 5–8 Work(s) - Alun Hoddinott & Andrew Penny (9:44)
    Composed byAlun Hoddinott
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    1. 5Folksong Suite The Yellow Sheepskin: Allegretto
    2. 6Folksong Suite Ox-driving song: Moderato
    3. 7Folksong Suite Love song: Adagio
    4. 8Folksong Suite Aunt Nellie: Allegro
  6. 9 Overture: Aladdin - Mervyn Burtch & Andrew Penny (7:01)
    Composed byMervyn Burtch
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  7. 10–12 Work(s) - William Mathias & Andrew Penny (7:13)
    Composed byWilliam Mathias
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    1. 10Serenade Allegretto
    2. 11Serenade Lento, ma con moto
    3. 12Serenade Allegro con slancio
  8. 13–16 A Gwent Suite - Gareth Walters & Andrew Penny (13:03)
    Composed byGareth Walters
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    1. 13Allegro con modo
    2. 14Alla marcia
    3. 15Lento
    4. 16Con brio
  9. 17 Fanfare Overture (for a Somerset Festival) - Ian Parrott & Andrew Penny (6:21)
    Composed byIan Parrott
    Conducted byAndrew Penny
    Performed byAndrew Penny, Royal Ballet Sinfonia
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