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Cat. No. CHAN 10115 Price: £5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10115 - Langford: Orchestral Classics
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Available From: 15 September 2003
"The Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra is in three short movements played without a break. It is scored for conventional symphony orchestra but without the orchestral trumpets in order to highlight the solo part.

A Song for All Seasons, a fantasie for piano and orchestra, was commissioned in 1997 and first performed in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with the composer as soloist.

The Spirit of London Overture is an affectionate tribute to the city and includes references to Bow Bells, Westminster Chimes, street cries plus echoes of street traders.

The First Suite of Dances comprises four contrasting movements. The first is neither a round dance nor a square dance but a ‘Rectangular Dance’. The listener is invited to imagine what steps are required to perform it! The second movement is a Waltz, wistful, almost elegiac in character. With its gentle, lazy melody, the Tango which follows is far removed from the rather aggressive, four-square, jerky tangos which became so popular with ballroom and sequence dancers. This is music for a sultry summer evening.The suite ends with a jolly and energetic Gigue.

Greenways refers to the name given to the many railway lines, closed mainly in the 1960s, which, it was hoped, would become sites for walkers. As the composer is a rail enthusiast, the work is, in many ways, a lament. The Hippodrome at Golders Green, North London, is the theatre nearest to where the composer was born and lived as a child. The venue became even more significant in later years with its association with the BBC Concert Orchestra, for which The Hippodrome Waltz was specially composed.

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Reviews

Light music at its finest, from a conductor and orchestra fully at home in this idiom.
Gramophone

He [Rumon Gamba] has already given us the best Eric Coates CD in the catalogue [CHAN 9869] and this one, also from Chandos, shows how superb recording (and enough strings in the orchestra) brings this music glowingly to life. Recommended.
Gramophone

'He [Rumon Gamba] has already given us the best Eric Coates CD in the catalogue [CHAN 9869] and this one, also from Chandos, shows how superb recording (and enough strings in the orchestra) brings this music glowingly to life. Recommended.'
Gramophone

These very sympathetic performances, in excellent sound, preserve a piece of Old England – something to be treasured.
International Record Review

'Ernest Tomlinson rates this CD of his old friend very highly indeed and that alone should be enough for the rest of us mere mortals… How wonderful to know that such serious tuneful music is there for everyone to enjoy and isn't it about time the BBC sat up and took notice?'
Journal into Melody

Ernest Tomlinson rates this CD of his old friend very highly indeed and that alone should be enough for the rest of us mere mortals… How wonderful to know that such serious tuneful music is there for everyone to enjoy and isnt it about time the BBC sat up and took notice?
Journal Into Melody

…Rumon Gamba is in fine form… a sterling performance.
The Observer on CHAN 10007 (Vaughan Williams)

Rumon Gambas performances are excellent.
Hi-Fi News ‘Record of the Month’ on CHAN 10007 (Vaughan Williams)

Rumon Gamba secures exemplary results from his assembled performances…
Gramophone on CHAN 10007 (Vaughan Williams)

 

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