German: Tom Jones (Donald Maxwell/ Heather Shipp/ International Festival Orchestra/ Libby Crabtree/ Marianne Hellgren Staykov/ Richard Morrison/ Richard Suart/ Ruo-Zhong Wang) (Naxos: 8.660270-71)
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Tom Jones, based on Fielding's classic novel, first appeared in 1907. It is one of the finest British operettas to follow Gilbert and Sullivan, the music has a style of its own and brings a new Romantic sweep to the genre.
Full of superb numbers, such as the famous waltz-song For Tonight, On a January morning, A Soldier's Scarlet Coat, Dream o' Day Jill and West Country lad, this is the first complete recording, and includes three numbers cut during the original run.
\This second Marco Polo disc of Edward German's more serious music evokes ...the same warm welcome I recently gave the first." Gramophone on 8223726"