Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Lyrita Classics


I am not a big fan of pot-pouris of music - call me a musical snob if you will. Especially annoying are excerpts from symphonies or other large works. However, this Lyrita CD is actually rather fun - even if it does pick out just one of Elgar's Enigma Variations (Dorabella). All these tracks are now re-released on CD and were originally presented on vinyl.

There are a number good and one or two great pieces on this exploration of British Music. Works by Grainger, Delius, Balfe, Warlock and Holst.
As such it would make an ideal introduction for the newcomer to the field. The RVW Tallis Fantasia is of course the main event. But look out for the Lord Berners Hornpipe and Hamilton Harty’s description of an Irish Fair-day – complete with tune up of fiddles!

Check out my review at MusicWeb

Lyrita Classics

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