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British Light Music Vol.4: Coates - Springtime Suite, Four Ways Suite, Saxo-Rhapsody | Naxos - British Light Music 8555194

British Light Music Vol.4: Coates - Springtime Suite, Four Ways Suite, Saxo-Rhapsody

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Label: Naxos - British Light Music

Cat No: 8555194

Barcode: 0747313519422

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 14th January 2022

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Eric Coates was a master of refined and beautiful melodies, making him a household name during the golden years of British light music in the first half of the 20th century. The Four Ways Suite takes us to all four points of the compass, including exotic China and the jazz rhythms of America, while Springtime evokes both sweeping optimism and soulful memories of a lost age. The virtuoso Saxo-Rhapsody is one of the eraís major saxophone works, and Sleepy Lagoon remains famous as the signature tune to BBC Radioís Desert Island Discs. High Flight March was to be Coatesís last composition.

Eric Coates will forever be remembered for his iconic march The Dambusters, but alongside hits such as Sleepy Lagoon still in use by the BBC today, this programme includes rarities that will complement any collection of his better-known works. Coatesís name has been resonant on the Naxos label in recent months, with a release of his music appearing as Vol.3 in our British Light Music edition (8555178) in November 2021.

Conductor Andrew Penny has made over 50 recordings for the Naxos and Marco Polo labels specialising in British music, and including a cycle of Sir Malcolm Arnoldís Complete Symphonies and Dances (6-disc boxed set on 8506041) that became BBC Music Magazineís top recommendation.

Since 1992, conductor Andrew Penny has made over 50 recordings for the Naxos and Marco Polo labels. Much of the repertoire is British music and includes symphonies by Arnold and Havergal Brian, film music by Vaughan Williams and Walton, theatre music by Sullivan and Holbrooke, and light music by Coates and Arnold. Penny has been on the instrumental music staff at Hymers College since 1977 and is the longest serving musical director of the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded the MBE for services to music in the Queenís Birthday Honours of 2014.

Saxophone soloist Kenneth Edge was a winner of Irelandís Young Musician of the Year competition in 1983 and has since made a name as one of Irelandís most innovative musicians. His recordings also include appearances on two recordings of music by Ronald Binge (Naxos 8555190 and Marco Polo 8223515).

The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra is the oldest symphonic ensemble in Slovakia, and it has given successful concerts throughout Europe and Russia. It has for decades been a key ensemble for the Naxos label, and its recordings both on Naxos and the Marco Polo label remain references for both unusual and core repertoire today.

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