Previously published on May 22

Chocks Away! Included here is The Dam Busters, not a ‘quick’ march, but that’s what John Wilson delivers, although the brakes are at least applied for the reprise of the ‘big’ tune, which now seems a bit hollow. There are also The Three Men, a high-spot in Coates’s output, and despite a generally fine outing here, especially in the languorous middle movement, Wilson must yield somewhat to John Lanchbery’s Sydney Symphony version (Wilson is in a rush at times); Cinderella (‘A Phantasy’; sic) – a story musically well told and vividly relayed from MediaCityUK, Salford (March 2022) –; and The Three Elizabeths (‘Tudor’; ‘Glamis’; ‘Princess’) – given with the right degree of all’s-well contentment and sprightly strides/grandeur. Shorter pieces include the bright and breezy Television March (written for the relaunch – June 6, 1946 – of BBC TV broadcasts post-WWII), Last Love, and Sweet Seventeen, the last two respectively sentimental and a charming waltz bathed in remembrance. Agile and sensitive playing throughout from the BBC Phil coupled with top-drawer sound from Stephen Rinker. Chandos CHAN 20164 is released on June 2. Outstanding with the odd reservation that may not be agreed with!

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