Program 81
"Orchestral London"

MUSIC: Coates: clip from "Covent Garden" from the London Suite, performed by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava conducted by Adrian Leaper [Marco Polo 8.223445, track 2] [under the following]

Welcome to Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman, and for the next hour we're going to explore orchestral pieces inspired by the city of London, England. Stay with me and you'll hear the London Cameos Suite by Haydn Wood, the London Every Day Suite and the London Again Suite by Eric Coates, and the minuet from the "London" Symphony by Franz Joseph Haydn.

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This is the second in a series of Compact Discoveries hours that I am devoting to orchestral music inspired by cities. The first was Paris. Others will include Rome, New York and Vienna.

Let's get started with Haydn Wood and conclude with the composer he was named for, Haydn. Wood lived from 1882 until 1959. He wrote 15 orchestral suites, nine rhapsodies, eight overtures, three big concertante pieces, six choral compositions, some chamber music, seven song cycles and more than 200 individual songs, and nearly 50 other assorted items. Yet he appears to be largely forgotten today, and I find his tuneful, romantic music to be a true compact discovery.
Wood's suite, London Cameos, is in three movements. The first is a miniature overture called "The City." The second is called "Intermission: St. James's Park in Spring." The finale is called "A State Ball at Buckingham Palace." In this Marco Polo compact disc recording Adrian Leaper conducts the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava.

MUSIC: Wood: London Cameos Suite performed by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava conducted by Adrian Leaper [Marco Polo 8.223402, tracks 4, 5, 6]

Haydn Wood's London Cameos Suite performed by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava conducted by Adrian Leaper.

You are listening to Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman, and in this hour we are exploring orchestral music inspired by the city of London.

Next we turn to the London Suite, also called London Every Day, by Eric Coates. Coates, who lived from 1886 to 1957, was the uncrowned king of British light music. This statement is fully supported by his London Suite, which is divided into three movements: "Covent Garden," "Westminster," and "Knightsbridge." Once again we hear the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava conducted by Adrian Leaper on a Marco Polo CD.

MUSIC: Coates: London Suite performed by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava conducted by Adrian Leaper [Marco Polo 8.223445, tracks 2, 3, 4]

The London Suite by Eric Coates. The Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava was conducted by Adrian Leaper.

You are listening to pieces inspired by the city of London on Compact Discoveries. I'm your guide, Fred Flaxman.

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Eric Coates's London Suite was so successful that the composer created a sequel to it three years later called the London Again Suite. Its three movements are called "Oxford Street," "Langham Place," and "Mayfair."

MUSIC: Coates: London Again Suite performed by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), conducted by Adrian Leaper [Marco Polo 8.223445, tracks 7, 8, 9]

The London Again Suite by Eric Coates. Adrian Leaper led the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava in this Marco Polo compact disc.

I have been devoting this hour of Compact Discoveries to music related to London, England. Franz Joseph Haydn wrote his last symphony there -- his 104th. It is known throughout the English-speaking world as the "London Symphony." We have just enough time for its shortest movement, the minuet.

MUSIC: Haydn: "Minuet" from Symphony No. 104 in D ("London"), the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Christof Perick [Dorian DOR-90168, track 11]


MUSIC: Coates: clip from "Knightsbridge" from the London Suite, performed by the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of Bratislava conducted by Adrian Leaper [Marco Polo 8.223445, track 4] [under the following]

The "Minuet" from the Symphony No. 104 in D Major -- the "London" symphony -- of Franz Joseph Haydn concludes this hour of Compact Discoveries devoted to music inspired by London, England. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christof Perick was featured in that Dorian compact disc recording.

I hope you enjoyed the music. My name is Fred Flaxman. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. You can contact me through the Compact Discoveries website: www.compactdiscoveries.com.

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