Coleridge-Taylor Orchestral Works

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Label: Marco Polo

Media Format: CD or Download

Media Runtime: 71

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: 8 223516

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Hiawatha Overture Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Petite Suite de Concert Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
(4) Characteristic Waltzes Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Gipsy Suite Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Romance of the Prairie Lilies Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Othello, Movement: Dance Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Othello, Movement: Children's Intermezzo Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Othello, Movement: The Willow Song Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Othello, Movement: Military March Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
Adrian Leaper, Conductor
RTE Concert Orchestra
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Composer
A most diverting anthology, containing much tuneful invention. The best-known item will probably be the engaging Petite Suite de Concert, formerly available in a very good recording from the Philharmonia under George Weldon (11/88 – the coupling on that now-deleted EMI Studio release was Sargent’s classic Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast). Somewhat surprisingly, the present Hiawatha Overture makes no reference to the famous tenor aria, “Onaway, awake, beloved”, but it remains a likeable essay for all that. Other high spots include the lilting “Valse de la Reine” (the third of the Four Characteristic Waltzes of 1898) and the haunting, faintly Delian “Willow Song” from the Othello Suite of 1909 (but why do Marco Polo omit the third-movement “Funeral March” in this work?).
These are commendable and affectionate performances from the RTE Concert Orchestra under Adrian Leaper’s spirited lead and with very good recorded sound. If you want to sample Coleridge Taylor in more ambitious mode, I can heartily recommend a superbly engineered Argo collection (6/93) containing highly committed versions (from the RLPO under Grant Llewellyn) of the Ballade in A minor and the Symphonic Variations on an African Air.'

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