ERIC COATES (1886-1957): By the Sleepy Lagoon, Springtime Suite, Saxo-Rhapsody, Footlights Waltz, Four Ways Suite, The Eighth Army March, Lazy Night, Last Love, High Flight March.

Catalogue Number: 01X043

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.555194

Format: CD reissue

Price: $13.98

Description: Coates was a master of refined and beautiful melodies, making him a household name during the golden years of British light music in the first half of the 20th century. The Four Ways Suite takes us to all four points of the compass, including exotic China and the jazz rhythms of America, while Springtime evokes both sweeping optimism and soulful memories of a lost age. The virtuoso Saxo-Rhapsody is one of the era’s major saxophone works, and Sleepy Lagoon remains famous as the signature tune to BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Penny. Original 1998 Marco Polo release.

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