V4: Orchestral Works

Album cover art for upc 095115229224
Label: CHANDOS
Catalog: CHAN 20292
Format: COMPACT DISC

BBC Philharmonic

John Wilson’s fourth volume devoted to music by Eric Coates opens with "Music Everywhere," a rousing march commissioned by Britain’s first independent TV and radio service, Rediffusion, for use as its signature tune. The concert waltz "Footlights" is a life-affirming evocation of the glamour of the inter-war West End, created just weeks before the start of the Second World War. In wartime, as it turned out, the demand for refreshing, morale-boosting music would be higher than ever. Coates’s ‘Souvenir’ "I Sing to You" was premiered on 14 March 1940 – the week in which wartime meat rationing was introduced in the UK. Composed for his young son Austin, "The Three Bears Phantasy" transports the Goldilocks fairytale firmly into the 1920s. "From Meadow to Mayfair" reflects Coates’s own journey from rural Nottinghamshire to life in London. "Under the Stars," composed in 1928, marks the first inclusion by Coates of an alto saxophone in his orchestration. "The Four Centuries Suite" is one of Coates’s most substantial compositions – not only in length but also in the size of the orchestra. Its four movements evoke the musical styles of the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Dedicated to his wife, Phyllis, the work is also a celebration of the couple’s lifelong love of dancing.

Price: $32.98