The ten items on this record are so well known that they require no commendation from me. They are the chosen favourites of my large audience on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday nights These are the tunes that occupied the first ten places in a recent nationwide poll, when listeners to my programme were asked to nominate their hundred best tunes. The response was quite remarkable, and the many thousands of letters clearly show what the mass of music lovers were ready to accept and appreciate. As one listener put it “Music that speaks to us in straightforward terms”. The selection presented here affirms that impression, and gives us a choice of music that cannot fail to delight. You will hear music as varied in mood and character as is possible to find on any one record.
Who is not moved by Sibelius’s tone-poem – Finland. As stirring a piece of nationalistic music as was ever written. Or who can resist the joyful outburst of the finale of Beethoven’s – Pastoral-Symphony There is no need for me to attest to the popularity of the enchanting song. – Sei nicht bos – “Don’t be cross”, from Zeller’s operetta, or the famous chorus from Verdi’s “Nabucco”. Nor need I remind you of the heartfelt melodies of the Violin Concerto in G minor by Bruch. These and the others in the list that make up the top ten of – Your Hundred Best Tunes are familiar to all who listen to what might be termed “more serious music”.
Here is a chance to hear these favourites in your own time, and as often as you wish. And always, I am sure, with the greatest pleasure. …
Label: Decca SPA 112
Cover photograph by David Wedgbury