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Track(s) taken from CDH55070

Comedy Overture

composer
original version of the London Overture

London Brass Virtuosi
Recording details: September 1987
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Charles Hilz
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: August 1988
Total duration: 11 minutes 28 seconds
 
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Comedy Overture  [11'28]

Reviews

'The London Brass Virtuosi are an accomplished group, and the sound is first class' (Gramophone)

'The playing itself, as you would imagine is first-rate and enjoyable' (Cathedral Music)

'Timeless and tuneful, the refreshing music on this medium priced reissue of a 1988 Hyperion recording is played with immense authority and affection by an ace ensemble' (The Inverness Courier)
The Comedy Overture was completed two years after A Downland Suite, in 1934. Subsequently scored for orchestra it became known to a wider audience as A London Overture. Both share the memorable main subject which Ireland based on the call of a London bus conductor intoning ‘Piccadilly … Piccadilly’. The work shows the robust sense of humour present elsewhere in Ireland’s music, and begins, surprisingly, with a lengthy Andante moderato introduction of somewhat enigmatic, almost mysterious character. The main thrust of the overture is carried forward by the brilliantly scored Allegro moderato brillante which contains well-contrasted Tranquillo sections and ends with a suitably rumbustious Vivace.

from notes by Peter Lamb 1988

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