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The Definitive Eric Coates- All of his commercial recordings 1923-1957

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£29.99

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"This Nimbus Release, with its authoritative annotation, immaculate transfers and complete recordings, is in a class of its own, to be snapped up by anyone with the remotest interest in - and enjoyment of - the best of British Light Music"

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice, October 2013

Includes an extended essay by Michael Payne Restoration and Remastering by Alan Bunting

The Definitive Eric Coates- All of his commercial recordings 1923-1957

Tracks

CD1

The Merrymakers - Overture (1923) - London Symphony Orchestra

From Meadow To Mayfair - Suite (1931) - London Symphony Orchestra

Summer Afternoon - Idyll (1931) - Symphony Orchestra

Cinderella - Phantasy (1929) - Symphony Orchestra

By The Sleepy Lagoon - Valse Serenade (Extended Version) (1930) - Symphony Orchestra

The Jester At The Wedding : No.1 The Princess Arrives - March (1932) - Symphony Orchestra

By The Tamarisk - Intermezzo (1927) - Symphony Orchestra

Saxo-Rhapsody (1936) - Symphony Orchestra

Summer Days - Suite (1919) - Light Symphony Orchestra

Springtime - Suite (1937) - Light Symphony Orchestra

For Your Delight - Serenade (1937) - Light Symphony Orchestra

 

CD2

Footlights - Concert Valse (1939) - Light Symphony Orchestra

Last Love - Romance (1939) - Light Symphony Orchestra

The Seven Seas - March (Later Re-Titled “South Wales & West”) (1937) - Light Symphony Orchestra

I Sing To You (A Souvenir) (1940) - Light Symphony Orchestra

Calling All Workers - March (1940) - Symphony Orchestra

Fanfare Number 1 (1943) - London Symphony Orchestra

Salute The Soldier - March (1944) - London Symphony Orchestra

Fanfare Number 2 (1943) - London Symphony Orchestra

The Eighth Army March (1942) - London Symphony Orchestra

The Four Centuries - Suite (1941) - The National Symphony Orchestra

The Three Elizabeths - Suite (1944) - National Symphony Orchestra

Dancing Nights - Concert Valse (1931) - London Symphony Orchestra

London Calling - March (1942) - London Symphony Orchestra

London Bridge - March (1934) - London Symphony Orchestra

London Suite - Knightsbridge March (Abridged Version) (1932) - New Symphony Orchestra

 

CD3

A Song Of Loyalty (Orchestral version) (1935) - New Symphony Orchestra

By The Sleepy Lagoon - Valse Serenade (1930) - New Symphony Orchestra

Bird Songs At Eventide (arranged H.M. Higgs) - New Symphony Orchestra

Television March (1946) - New Symphony Orchestra

Wood Nymphs - Valsette (1917) - New Symphony Orchestra

London -Suite (1932) - New Symphony Orchestra

London Again - Suite (1936) - New Symphony Orchestra

The Three Men - Suite (1935) - New Symphony Orchestra

The Jester At The Wedding : No.4 - Dance Of The Orange Blossoms (1932)

The Three Bears - A Phantasy (1926) - New Symphony Orchestra

Music Everywhere - Rediffusion March (1948) - Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra

The Dam Busters - March (1954) - Concert Orchestra

Sound And Vision - The A.T.V. Television March (1955) - Concert Orchestra

 

CD4

High Flight - March (1957) - Eric Coates And His Orchestra

Impressions Of A Princess - Intermezzo (1956) - Eric Coates And His Orchestra

Wood Nymphs - Valsette (1917) - Eric Coates And His Orchestra

South Wales And West - Television March (1937) - Eric Coates And His Orchestra

London - Suite (1932) - Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra

London Again - Suite (1936) - Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra

The Three Elizabeths - Suite (1944) - New Symphony Orchestra Of London

The Four Centuries - Suite (1941) - New Symphony Orchestra Of London

 

CD5

Summer Days - Suite (1919) - New Queen's Hall Light Orchestra

Wood Nymphs - Valsette (1917)

With A Song In My Heart (Richard Rodgers Arr. Eric Coates) (1930) - The Court Symphony Orchestra

Bird Songs At Eventide (1926) - Jack Payne And His Band

I Pitch My Lonely Caravan At Night - Symphonic Rhapsody (Annette Horey / Eric Coates) (1932) - Symphony Orchestra

I Heard You Singing & Bird Songs At Eventide (1932) - Symphony Orchestra

London - Suite (1932) - Symphony Orchestra

London Bridge - March (1934) - Symphony Orchestra

The Jester At The Wedding : No.1 - The Princess Arrives (March) (1932) - Symphony Orchestra

The Jester At The Wedding : No.4 The Dance Of The Orange Blossoms - Valse (1932) – Symphony Orchestra

The Three Men - Suite (1935) - Light Symphony Orchestra

Wood Nymphs - Valsette (1917) - Light Symphony Orchestra

Song Of Loyalty (The Prayer Within Our Hearts) (Phyllis Black / Eric Coates) (1935) - Symphony Orchestra with Lance Fairfax (Baritone)

 

CD6

Meadow To Mayfair Suite : No.2 - A Song By The Way (1931) - Symphony Orchestra

London Again - Suite (1936) - Symphony Orchestra

By The Sleepy Lagoon - Valse Serenade (Abridged Version) (1930) - Symphony Orchestra

The Three Bears - A Phantasy (1926) - London Symphony Orchestra

London Suite - Knightsbridge March (1932) - London Symphony Orchestra

Television March (1946) - London Symphony Orchestra

Valse From The Phantasy “The Three Bears” (1949) - Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra

The Merrymakers - Overture (1923) - New Queen's Hall Light Orchestra

Moresque Dance - Interlude (1921) - New Queen's Hall Light Orchestra

Joyous Youth - Suite (1921) - The Aeolian Orchestra

Summer Days Suite : At The Dance (1919)  - The Aeolian Orchestra

The Selfish Giant - A Phantasy (arr. Leighton Lucas) (1925) - Jack Hylton's No.1 Band augmented with his Kit-Cat Band and directed by Eric Coates

 

CD7

From The Countryside - Suite (1914) - The Peerless Orchestra

Miniature Suite (1911) - Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Clarence Raybould

Joyous Youth -Suite (1921) - Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams

Moresque - Dance Interlude (1921) - Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams

Two Light Syncopated Pieces (1924-1925) - Jack Hylton and his Orchestra

The Selfish Giant - A Phantasy (1925) - The New Concert Orchestra conducted by Jack Leon

Four Ways Suite (1927) - New Light Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Lewis

Mirage - Romance (1928) - Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams

Under The Stars (1928) - Queen’s Hall Light Orchestra conducted by Charles Williams

Lazy Night - Valse Romantique (1931) - Cedric Sharpe

Sextet Over to You - March (1941) - RAF Central Orchestra conducted by Wing Commander O P O’Donnell MVO

Holborn - March (1950) - Sidney Torch and his Orchestra

Sweet Seventeen - Concert Valse (1954) - The Melodi Light Orchestra conducted by Ole Jensen

The Dam Busters - March (1954) - Central Band Of The Royal Air Force conducted by Wing Commander A E Sims OB

Reviews

'In all, this is a Coates treasury.' Dailyclassicalmusic.com, Patric Standford, 23 February 2014

'For lovers of light music this has to be the most important CD release in years and an absolute bargain at only £29.99 This release is a winner and if you buy nothing else this year then you must acquire it. Brilliant!' Peter Worsley, THE LIGHT MUSIC SOCIETY MAGAZINE - Autumn 2013

'This is a landmark set for lovers of light music and the genius that was Eric Coates in particular and Alan Bunting has done a truly superb job in assembling such a worthy tribute.' In Tune Magazine, October 2014

The Definitive Eric Coates, well described in an absorbing booklet essay by Michael Payne on Eric Coates and the Gramophone...This is a vastly enjoyable collection of records - no Coates lover should be without it, not least because it is an invaluable opportunity to acquire all his own recordings thoroughly documented and beautifully restored. Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, November 2013

'The idea that quality in good music invariably carries a ‘serious’ tag finds a powerful antidote in the work of Eric Coates (1886-1957). A skilled viola player who knew the orchestra from the inside, Coates had a natural facility for writing catchy tunes, which he clothed in the smartest fashions of the day. He was also a superb conductor whose recorded performances are spruce, well played, warm-hearted and about as authentic as you could possibly hope for. This well transferred, beautifully produced Nimbus set upstages its various predecessors by giving us everything, including duplicate versions of key works (the London Suite, for example) and a bonus disc where works that Coates himself never recorded are presented under the likes of Charles Williams, Joseph Williams, Jack Leon and Jack Hylton. And don’t imagine that everything is pocket-size: the Saxo-Rhapsody (with Sigurd Rascher), Cinderella, Selfish Giant and Three Bears Fantasies, not to mention the various suites, all could happily bolster regular concert programmes. Wonderful, and very well annotated.' Rob Cowan, classicalear.co.uk, September 2013

'A new box set from Nimbus proises to be the outstanding Light Music release of 2013 - if not the decade. The sound restorations are outstanding, which is hardly suprising when you consider Alan Bunting is widely recognised as one of the finest digital 'wizards' of the world. Nimbus have produced a top quality product in all respects at a very reasonable price.' David Ades, Journal into Melody, August 2013

'This is an essential purchase for all enthusiasts of Eric Coates in particular and British Light Music in general. It offers virtually a complete compendium of his orchestral music. The ‘recommended retail price’ is £29.99 which makes it about £4.00 a disc. This makes for unbelievably good value for money. There is nothing about this release that I can fault. It is one of the recording highlights of my classical music-listening life. What I would have given for this back in the early ’seventies when I first discovered Coates’ music.' John France, Musicweb-international.com, August 2013

'Both Nimbus and Alan Bunting, who was responsible for the restorations and re-masterings, are to be congratulated on compiling such a comprehensive survey of the work of Eric Coates as conductor. Like a number of other composers working in the first half of the 20th Century, including Elgar and Walton to name only two, Coates regularly worked in the recording studios - in his case in both EMI and Decca facilities. An unmissable bargain for Coates fans and, it is to be hoped, an introduction to younger generations of music-lovers, especially those who appreciate first class tunes.' Ian Lace, Musicweb-international.com, July 2013

Wright Music August 2013: http://www.wrightmusic.net/pdfs/cd-review-100-the-definitive-eric-coates.pdf

'The importance of this whole truly definitive collected edition cannot be underestimated, for it allows us to experience "his master's voice" in a unified and consistent vision across the decades. Coates was known for taking his own music at brisk and lively tempi (and not just in order to ensure it fitted onto one side of a 78 rpm disc!); as we know, so many of the more recent performances of his works make the music sound unduly languorous, stodgy and sentimental in a misguided attempt to invoke an unhealthy degree of quasi-cinematic nostalgia; but in my view there's an altogether stronger and more pervasive sense of nostalgia to be gained from soaking up the composer's own recordings, as impeccably presented here on this happy, enjoyable set. So go and indulge: step back in time…' David Kidmanm, Fatea-records.co.uk August 2013