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5.0 out of 5 stars A near perfect anthology.
There are many anthologies of late nineteenth and early twentieth century English music available but this collection from Decca is one of the finest. Neville Marriner directs the Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields in a programme of popular favourites and lesser known works collected from a number of LP's recorded between 1968 and 1981. The late analogue Decca sound is...
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We only got one of the CDs we asked for. The other CD in the box was something completely different, and didn't work anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A near perfect anthology., 28 July 2013
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This review is from: Fantasia on Greensleeves (Audio CD)
There are many anthologies of late nineteenth and early twentieth century English music available but this collection from Decca is one of the finest. Neville Marriner directs the Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields in a programme of popular favourites and lesser known works collected from a number of LP's recorded between 1968 and 1981. The late analogue Decca sound is superb and the orchestra and conductor are totally in tune with the music.

The first disc contains works by Vaughan Williams which include a lovely 'Lark Ascending' in which the soloist is the late lamented Iona Brown. This must be one of the finest performances of this popular work ever recorded. The Peter Warlock items include a splendid version of the 'Capriol Suite' and the three mature orchestral works by George Butterworth are beautifully phrased and paced. One of the most talented composers of his generation, his tragic early death on the Somme in 1916 was an enormous loss to English music. Marriner's performances remain the very finest this elusive music have received on record.

The second disc includes some excellent performances of five of Delius's most popular and memorable shorter works. Though, arguably, not as fine as those by Beecham and Barbirolli, they are extremely enjoyable. The Elgar compositions which complete the programme include near perfect versions of the 'Serenade' and 'Introduction and Allegro'; fine interpretations of 'Sospiri' and the 'Elegy' and - a rarity this - Percy Young's arrangement of orchestral extracts from 'The Spanish Lady' - the opera Elgar was working on at the time of his death.

A near faultless anthology of shorter works from the English musical renaissance, these discs can be recommended without reservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch original Argo recordings before this fine small company was acquired by and smothered by Decca, 17 May 2014
This review is from: Fantasia on Greensleeves (Audio CD)
The Introduction and Allegro is only rivalled by the iconic Barbirolli recording on EMI with Sinfonia of London

The Sospiri is probably the best on record

Other Elgar works are simply delightful

This is Marriner snd the ASMF at their freshest and best recorded...you will not find this same standard again in their later work for Decca or Philips.
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1.0 out of 5 stars We only got one of the CDs we asked for ..., 16 Jan. 2015
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We only got one of the CDs we asked for. The other CD in the box was something completely different, and didn't work anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Dec. 2014
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Blissful for those of us who love English music
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