Coates - Orchestral Works Vol.2
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Cat No: CHAN20148
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd October 2020
WorksCalling all Workers
For your delight: Serenade
London Bridge: March
Summer Days Suite
The Enchanted Garden
The Selfish Giant: An Orchestral Phantasy
The Selfish Giant, from 1925, based on Oscar Wilde’s story, was the first in a series of highly successful musical retellings of fairy tales.
The Enchanted Garden originated in a commission from the Swedish Broadcasting Company. Although he described The Enchanted Garden as a ballet, Coates conceived it principally as a concert work. Composed in June and July 1938, it was premiered in a BBC radio broadcast in November that year, immediately before Coates took it on tour to Stockholm.
Of the other, shorter pieces on the album, Calling All Workers is arguably Coates’s best-known work, composed in the summer of 1940 and dedicated ‘to all who work’. The march was adopted by the BBC as the signature tune for their new daily radio show ‘Music While You Work’, and was heard twice daily for twenty-seven years – clocking up more than 16,000 broadcast performances.
‘There’s no better way to begin a survey of Eric Coates’s Orchestral Works than with The Merrymakers (A Miniature Overture), which John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic bring off exceptionally well... There’ll be dancing in the aisles to this one... Roll on Vol. 2’ – ***** Classical Source
‘Wilson, Coates and the full bloom of Chandos’ sound; this is a marriage made in heaven’ – BBC Music
‘What Wilson doesn’t know about the inner workings of Coates’s methods isn’t worth knowing... The music itself is incomparable.’ – Gramophone
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