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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Ernest Tomlinson’s orchestral pieces charm by the frothy lightness of the scoring. The winningly delicate Little Serenade, which opens the disc, is most famous, but the gentle, evocative Kielder Water, the captivating Canzonet from the Silverthorne Suite and the Nocturne are hardly less appealing. Love-in-a-mist is as intangible as it sounds, with the most fragile of oboe solos, and it is not surprising that Sweet and Dainty has been used for a TV commercial. There is robust writing, too, in the Folk Dance Suite—but not too robust, although the jolly English Overture begins with Here’s a Health unto His Majesty and certainly does not lack vitality. The music is played with much grace and the lightest possible touch by the remarkably versatile Slovak Radio Orchestra under the composer, and the vivid recording has delightfully transparent textures, so vita in this repertoire.

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