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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The second CD opens with the charming May-Day Overture with its dreamy sound-picture of dawn, giving way to the day’s festivities. The Variations are effective, and the composer’s Paris Suite introduces a distinct Gallic flavour: the Montmartre March is especially enjoyable. Wood’s beloved Isle of Man inspired the Manx Rhapsody, which finds the composer again in his attractive folksy-mode, and the composer’s most famous piece, Roses of Picardy, is a slightly dated highlight of this volume. The rest of the programme is equally enjoyable, and the performances, this time with Ernset Tomlinson, are excellent. The recording is a bit richer than in Volume I.



Fanfare

"this reviewer can muster nothing but praise for this further and important installment in this series. Let us hope Wood's prolific output warrents future volumes of this caliber"





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