"This is not Hoddinott the dour and dissonant; this is Hoddinott the dance celebrant, whether in virile Chaucerian exuberance or in liquid poetry ... Mathias was a brilliant orchestral magician. His Celtic Dances chime and tinkle much as we would expect from our knowledge of his dazzling Dance Overture and his orchestral psychological studies ... The Daniel Jones Dance Fantasy is the most recent work here. Written for the 1976 North Wales Music Festival it has the glorious, uninterrupted, mercurial-optimistic clangour and flow of the Grace Williams Ballads for Orchestra. There's also a touch of Copland and even Iberia about this dynamic yet bardic music." -- Musicweb-International
Legendary performances on CD for the first time!