Grieg sits at the centre of this generous budget-price programme, his suite Sigurd Jorsalfar (with its regal "Homage March") and the two cosily reflective Elegiac Melodies. Nielsen's cheeky "Dance of the Cockerels" (Masquerade) raises the curtain on a Sibelius sequence where Proms maestro Basil Cameron conducts the London Philharmonic - music from Karelia ("Intermezzo" and "Alla Marcia"), King Christian II ("Musette") and Kuolema (the celebrated "Valse Triste") plus the thoughtful Romance in C major.
All performances wear a healthy countenance and Mike Dutton has worked wonders with what were always fairly impressive mono recordings. Contemporaneous collections of Spanish and French Favourites (under different conductors) - also on Dutton - are similarly appealing. Robert CowanReuse content