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Thursday, 1 December, 2005

Two splendid discs from one of the few remaining ‘Palm Court’ ensembles, including a selection of light-classical and lighter music in finely balanced chamber arrangements.

The orchestra consists of piano, three violins, viola, cello, flute and oboe/cor anglais, producing an ambience perfect for the atmosphere of Imperial tea-time elegance.

Personally I miss a little brass, percussion and a bass (the piano struggles on its own), and yet this is part of the ensemble’s unobtrusive quality. The playing is sensitive and the melodies beautiful.

I think this kind of music should be experienced live and in context rather than on disc.

Peter Edwards http://www.rfsoc.org.uk/jim4_2005.shtml

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TWO CDs BY THE ASPIDISTRA DRAWING ROOM ORCHESTRA

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