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Dan Godfrey: Encores / Whitlock, Herold, Gibbs, Smyth, Boughton, Boyle & Ronald

Audio Samples

>Hérold, Ferdinand : Zampa
>Brooke, Byron : Gee Whizz!, for xylophone & orchestra
>Whitlock, Percy : Carillon, for organ & orchestra
>Smyth, Ethel : The Boatswain's Mate
>     Overture
>Flynn, Howard : Clatter of the Clogs, fox trot for orchestra
>Ronald, Landon : The Garden of Allah
>     2. In an Eastern Garden
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : The Bethrothal Ballet Music, for orchestra, Op. 34
>Birch, Montague : Dance of the Nymphs, for celeste & orchestra
>Boyle, Ina : The Magic Harp, for harp & orchestra
>Pleier, Ludwig : Karlsbad's Dolls' Dance (Karlsbader Puppentanz), for orchestra
>Boughton, Rutland : The Immortal Hour
>     Love Duet
>Birch, Montague : Intermezzo (Pizzicati), for orchestra
>White, Cecil : A Sierra Melody, for cello, trumpet & orchestra

Album Summary

>Hérold, Ferdinand : Zampa
>Brooke, Byron : Gee Whizz!, for xylophone & orchestra
>Whitlock, Percy : Carillon, for organ & orchestra
>Smyth, Ethel : The Boatswain's Mate
>Flynn, Howard : Clatter of the Clogs, fox trot for orchestra
>Ronald, Landon : The Garden of Allah
>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : The Bethrothal Ballet Music, for orchestra, Op. 34
>Birch, Montague : Dance of the Nymphs, for celeste & orchestra
>Boyle, Ina : The Magic Harp, for harp & orchestra
>Pleier, Ludwig : Karlsbad's Dolls' Dance (Karlsbader Puppentanz), for orchestra
>Boughton, Rutland : The Immortal Hour
>Birch, Montague : Intermezzo (Pizzicati), for orchestra
>White, Cecil : A Sierra Melody, for cello, trumpet & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Conductor Ronald Corp's survey of a dozen of the shorter works given by the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra between the Wars, is here played with great enthusiasm by its successor the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The mix of short symphonic works and the tuneful light music Dan Godfrey played on the pier and on his 78-rpm recordings is striking and makes for a delightful program equally appealing to lovers of both light music and orchestral music of the 1920s. Hérold's popular Overture Zampa sets the scene. World premiere recordings include Percy Whitlock's brilliant Carillion for organ and orchestra, Armstrong Gibbs's tuneful ballet music from Maeterlinck's 1921 London hit The Betrothal and Ina Boyle's prize-winning Baxian tone poem The Magic Harp of 1919. Dan Godfrey was notable for championing women composers, and as well as Ina Boyle, Ronald Corp's program includes Dame Ethel Smyth's tuneful overture to her opera The Boatswain's Mate. Also from an opera of that time is the orchestral version of the Love Duet from Rutland Boughton's The Immortal Hour, which has not been recorded since the 1920s.

Similarly evocative of the 1921 London theatre is the charming, scented violin solo In an Eastern Garden from Sir Landon Ronald's music for the play The Garden of Allah. These are set in context with half-a-dozen surviving light music scores including Byron Brooke's scintillating Gee Whizz! This is a sparkling and entertaining xylophone solo brilliantly played here by Matt King. Other light music scores include Montague Birch's Dance of the Nymphs and Intermezzo (Pizzicati), Howard Flynn's novelty fox-trot Clatter of the Clogs, Ludwig Pleier's Karlsbad's Dolls' Dance and Cecil White's A Sierra Melody. Once favorites on dim old 78s, hearing them again in modern recordings is an invigorating musical experience, and Ronald Corp and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra catch the élan and charm of this music. Includes world premiere recordings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011).



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Works Details

>Ferdinand Hérold (1791 - 1833) : Zampa
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1831

>Brooke, Byron : Gee Whizz!, for xylophone & orchestra
  • Performer: Matt King (Xylophone)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931

>Whitlock, Percy : Carillon, for organ & orchestra
  • Performer: Malcolm Riley (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Smyth, Ethel : The Boatswain's Mate :: Overture
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1913-1914

>Flynn, Howard : Clatter of the Clogs, fox trot for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1930

>Ronald, Landon : The Garden of Allah :: 2. In an Eastern Garden
  • Performer: Tamas Andras (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gibbs, Cecil Armstrong : The Bethrothal Ballet Music, for orchestra, Op. 34
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1921

>Birch, Montague : Dance of the Nymphs, for celeste & orchestra
  • Performer: Alastair Young (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Boyle, Ina : The Magic Harp, for harp & orchestra
  • Performer: Eluned Pierce (Harp)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Pleier, Ludwig : Karlsbad's Dolls' Dance (Karlsbader Puppentanz), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Boughton, Rutland : The Immortal Hour :: Love Duet
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1914

>Birch, Montague : Intermezzo (Pizzicati), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>White, Cecil : A Sierra Melody, for cello, trumpet & orchestra
  • Performers: Cameron Todd (Trumpet); Jesper Svedberg (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ronald Corp
  • Notes: Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset (07/20/2011-07/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1931