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These discs present a rich and varied flavour of Britain’s capital city. Offering a diverse and wide-ranging taste of music spanning over three centuries, the pieces on this compilation are evocative of London in all its glory, whether that be light musical cameos of famous locations, to the archetypal Coronation Anthems of Handel and the eponymous symphonies of Haydn and Vaughan Williams. This 2-CD set contains music by some of Britain’s most popular native and adopted composers. The first disc on this compilation offers a nostalgic trip back through British light music, easily recognized for its emphasis on instantly accessible and catchy melodies. Tracks include the popular Yeoman of the Guard overture by Arthur Sullivan, as well as extracts from the London Suites by Dam Busters composer Eric Coates and Dankworth’s Rediffusion London Call Sign. The second disc comprises more traditional pieces, ranging from delicate lute arrangements of Henry VIII’s attributed ditty Greensleeves to Walton’s joyous coronation march Crown Imperial.
Arthur Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard
The Yeomen of the Guard: Overture
Eric Coates: London Suite, "London Everyday"
I. Covent Garden
Haydn Wood: London Cameos
I. Miniature Overture, "The City"
II. Intermission, "St. James's Park in Spring"
III. Finale, "A State Ball at Buckingham Palace"
Eric Coates: London Calling
Sydney Torch: London Transport Suite
London Transport Suite
Philip Lane: London Salute
Robert Farnon: The Westminster Waltz
The Westminster Waltz
Eric Coates: London Again Suite
I. Oxford Street
Haydn Wood: London Landmarks
London Landmarks: III. The Horseguards, Whitehall
John Dankworth: Widespread World (Rediffusion London Call Sign)
Widespread World (Rediffusion London Call Sign)
Edward Elgar: Cockaigne, Op. 40, "In London Town"
Cockaigne, Op. 40, "In London Town"
John Ireland: 3 London Pieces
3 London Pieces: No. 1. Chelsea Reach
William Walton: Crown Imperial
Gustav Holst: St. Paul's Suite, Op. 29, No. 2
St. Paul's Suite, Op. 29, No. 2: IV. Finale, "The Dargason"
George Frideric Handel: Zadok the Priest, HWV 258
Zadok the Priest
And all the people rejoiced
God save the king
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony"
Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony": I. Lento - Allegro risoluto - Molto pesante
Gustav Holst: Brook Green Suite
Brook Green Suite: II. Air
Francis Cutting: 4 Divisions on popular tunes
Divisions on Greensleeves
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major, Hob.I:104, "London"
Symphony No. 104 in D major, Hob.I:104, "London": IV. Finale