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Andrew Lamb
Gramophone, October 2012

The Specialist’s Guide To...British Light Music : # 3

Haydn Wood was the most important of those interwar british light music composers who found themselves overshadowed by coates. More than a composer of the swirling waltzes and rousing marches for which he is best known, he was rightly deemed worthy of two Marco Polo CDs. Both this and the second (8.223605, 8/97) are worthy of attention. © 2012 Gramophone

Penguin Guide, January 2009

Haydn Wood, an almost exact contemporary of Eric Coates and nearly as talented, spent his childhood on the Isle of Man, and much of his best music is permeated with Manx folk-themes (original or simulated). Mannim Veen (‘Dear Isle of Man’) is a splendid piece, based on four such folksongs. The companion rhapsody, Mylecharane, also uses folk material, if less memorably, and the The Seafarer is a wittily scored selection of famous shanties, neatly stitched together. The only failure here is Apollo, which uses less interesting material and is over-ambitious and inflated. But the English waltzes are enchanting confections and Sketch of a Dandy is frothy and elegant. Adrian leaper is clearly much in sympathy with this repertoire and knows just hot to pace it; his Czech players obviously relish the easy tunefulness and the sheer craft of the writing. With excellent recording in what is surely an ideal acoustic, this is very highly recommendable.

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