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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

  • Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, Op. 30 #1
  • Petite Suite de Concert, Op. 77
  • The Bamboula – Rhapsodic Dance, Op. 75
Philharmonia Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Alwyn
EMI Classics for Pleasure 587024-2 56m ADD

This is another disc that brings back fond memories of my classical music discovery. This relates to the 'Petite Suite de Concert' which used to form part of an old Classics for Pleasure LP that I used to play for hours on end so it is good to have it back on CD.

The main work on this disc is the cantata, 'Hiawatha's Wedding Feast', one of Sir Malcolm Sargent's truly classic recordings. There is fire and brimstone in the music and Sargent captures all with masterful composure throughout especially in the lovely choral singing.

The other piece recorded here is 'The Bamboula', a delightful Rhapsodic Dance that is also very colourful and beautiful. Recordings are excellent in every department with the older works having some slight background hiss. A disc for all English music lovers.

Copyright © 2005, Gerald Fenech