Notes & Reviews:
The Central Band of the RAF perform works by and under the baton of Nigel Hess. The works include "New London Pictures," "The Old Man of Lochnager" based on a children's book by Charles, Prince of Wales, and "Shakespeare Pictures" which originates in incidental music composed for productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale and Julius Caesar.
American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Easy-on-the-ears music by Nigel Hess (b 1953), with England's terrific Central Band of the Royal Air Force conducted by the composer. New London Pictures (2003) depicts 'Millennium Bridge', the huge Ferris wheel 'London Eye', and the London traffic that resulted in a 'Congestion Charge' levied on drivers. Hess is the composer of the theme music for the popular film, Ladies in Lavender (2004). Lochnagar Suite (2007) is from a ballet about the children's story, 'The Old Man of Lochnagar'. 'Monck's March' (2002), at ten minutes the longest item on the program, depicts an army's arduous march from Coldstream to London in the winter of 1660. The work begins first with bagpipes, adds field drums, plays on a well-known melody of the same name, and makes great technical demands on all band members. Shakespeare Pictures (2008) is a suite culled from Hess's incidental music for productions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, and Julius Caesar. The album ends with a medley of favorites skillfully woven together in 'Christmas Overture' (2007).
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