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Track(s) taken from CDA67400

Shepherd Fennel's Dance

composer
1911; inspired by Hardy's The Three Strangers

New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (conductor)
Recording details: April 2002
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2002
Total duration: 5 minutes 31 seconds

Cover artwork: Green Park by Robert Buhler (1916-1989)
Royal Academy of Arts, London
 
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Reviews

'Ronald Corp has few rivals in conveying one prerequisite element of this repertoire – charm' (BBC Music Magazine)

'respectfully and meticulously played … this impeccably produced program – like its three predecessors – remains a precedent-setting endeavour that is sure to elicit grateful appreciation from many quarters' (Fanfare, USA)

'The playing struck me as even finer than in the past and the sound … first class, as before' (Hi-Fi News)

'The playing is exuberant, the recording ripe' (The Evening Standard)

'This fourth compilation, in Hyperion’s hugely successful British light music is another winner … Some eighty minutes of sheer delight' (MusicWeb International)

'infectious stuff, delivered with corresponding relish' (Yorkshire Post)

'Le travail entrepris par Corp et Hyperion est remarquable, sans concession à la qualité instrumentale ou sonore' (Répertoire, France)
Henry Balfour Gardiner (1877–1950) was educated at Charterhouse and in Frankfurt, before going to New College, Oxford. He later taught for a time at Winchester College but, having private means, was able to devote himself to composition and to promoting works not only by himself but also by Bax, Holst, Grainger, Quilter and others. His most widely familiar composition, Shepherd Fennel’s Dance (1911), was inspired by Thomas Hardy’s short story The Three Strangers. Composed for large orchestra, it is dedicated to Henry J Wood. Gardiner’s great-nephew is the conductor John Eliot Gardiner.

from notes by Andrew Lamb 2002

Other albums featuring this work

British Light Music Classics
CDS44261/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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