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Suites for My Sweetheart

Eric Coates (1886-1957)

Donald Macleod salutes a composer with a unique ability to match a national mood with music.

2/5. Suites for My Sweetheart

Coates is forced into a dramatic decision about his future, but suite success is not far away. Donald Macleod also talks to Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young, who reveals how the show's title music, Coates's By the Sleepy Lagoon, continues to inspire her.

Miniature Suite
BBC Philharmonic
Rumon Gamba (conductor)

From the Countryside Suite
BBC Concert Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

The Merrymakers Overture
London Symphony Orchestra
Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Valse (The Three Bears)
BBC Concert Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

Four Ways Suite
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Penny (conductor)

By the Sleepy Lagoon
London Symphony Orchestra
Charles Mackerras (conductor).

1 hour

Last on

Christmas Day 2007 21:25

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