British Light Music Vol.3: Coates - London Suite, The Merrymakers, etc. | Naxos - British Light Music 8555178

British Light Music Vol.3: Coates - London Suite, The Merrymakers, etc.


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Label: Naxos - British Light Music

Cat No: 8555178

Barcode: 0747313517824

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 26th November 2021



With orchestral works at the core of his output, the supreme melodic gift that distinguishes the music of Eric Coates earned him a reputation as the ‘uncrowned king of light music’. It was the London Suite that made Coates a household name, with the Cockney exuberance of its third movement, Knightsbridge, capturing the nation’s imagination as a BBC theme tune, as did the rousing march Calling All Workers. Cinderella and The Selfish Giant were inspired by his son’s bedtime stories, the latter absorbing the jazzy dance rhythms of the day. The Dambusters March was one of Coates’s last pieces, and remains one of the most iconic movie themes ever written.

Eric Coates will forever be remembered for his iconic The Dambusters March, and the popularity of this and the other works on this fine recording can be accounted for in their potent evocation of a very particular period in British history. Coates’s music was ubiquitous in radio broadcasting and recordings not so very many years ago, and remains instantly recognisable today.

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