This celebratory album is well recorded with the bells
well caught and an extremely affecting (magical, even) elegiac section
towards the end of Walton's Prelude and Spitfire Fugue. In fact
there is plenty of Walton: the two big concert marches are there. We
also get Elgar's Nimrod and P&C 1 and 5. Jerusalem
(Parry) rubs up against Dambusters and 633 Squadron. The
RAF March Past is there also. The only slightly unfamiliar cousins
are the Elegy by organist Thalben-Ball and the March Héroïque
(not Hèroïque) by Herbert Brewer.
There is little specifically Millennium about this album.
The chipper little Fanfare for a Millennium by Edward Marsh has
the only titled reference to the 'event'. The rest of the album is a
hook on which to hang a collection of British 'standards' arranged for
brass band with organ and percussion. For those who warm to just over
an hour of middlingly big brass in flag-waving standards this is for
you. Overall the performances lean towards dwelling on the gentle contours
rather than a fleeter of foot approach. Modified rapture then. Some
wonderful moments but overall rather too soft-edged.