1. Fantasia on a Nursery Song/Farnham Suite for Strings/Country Lanes/Concerto for Horn and Strings/Fairytale Suite/Overture to a Comic Opera/Waltz for Strings/Ballet for Orchestra
Michael Thompson (hn) Royal Ballet Sinfonia/David Lloyd-Jones
David Lyon: Orchestral Works (Marco Polo ‘British Light Music’ 8.225039)
BBC Music Magazine: ‘I admit to being bowled over by Lyon’s compositions, which are strongly melodic and superbly crafted. All these works are little gems and deserve to be much better known.’ Fairytale Suite: ‘bewitching and glittering..’ Farnham Suite:‘enchanting, lyrical..’ Ballet for Orchestra: ‘energetic and attention-gripping’. David Lloyd-Jones ‘conducts…with great commitment and enthusiasm.’ (5 stars for performance, gold star for ‘outstanding quality’.)
British Music Society News: ‘..written with a brilliant ear for the orchestra and a fund of memorable invention’. The Horn Concerto ‘is clearly from the mainstream (of) delightful horn concertos by British composers written since the war.. gorgeous playing by the soloist. The slow movement’s lovely wide-spanning horn cantilena provides Michael Thompson every opportunity to show off his lovely burnished tone’ In Fantasia ‘Lyon establishes his own world..with entertaining parodies of various composers from Rossini to Stravinsky. The other pieces are all enjoyable, Overture to a Comic Opera particularly so’. Fairytale Suite has a ‘beautifully decorated’ Waltz written with an ‘expert ear for colour’, and the Finale ‘is a gorgeous romantic confection’. Ballet for Orchestra .. ‘a brilliant and engaging work for any concert programme, and one to return to on CD.’
2. Overture: Joie de Vivre
Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland
Brian Kay’s British Light Music Discoveries (ASV CD WHL 2113)
BBC Music Magazine: ‘Joie de Vivre…has just that.‘
The Gramophone: ‘Ebullient ..as good as anything on the Marco Polo disc devoted to him.’
3. Intermezzo for Strings
The Gramophone: ‘An enchanting collection…pure delight. Buy it!‘ (Editors Choice Dec 1999)
Classic CD: ‘Worth a place in any English music collection.’
BMJ News: ‘A most attractive and lovingly compiled disc…Intermezzois a gem’.
Fanfare (US): ‘Intermezzo has the same skilful naturalness as the music on his Marco Polo release.
4. Concertino for Recorder and Strings
John Turner/Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland
Originally English Recorder Music (Olympia OCD 667)
Now: NAXOS 8.572503
The Gramophone: ‘A colourful and exuberant collection. The invention…is consistently diverting…highly recommendable’ (Editors Choice July 2000)
BMS News: ‘Unreservedly recommended’
The Recorder Magazine: ‘The Concertino…is a most engaging work, full of tunes that fit the recorder like a glove..totally unpretentious in its craftsmanship.’
5. Short Suite for Strings
Royal Ballet Sinfonia/David Lloyd-Jones
English String Miniatures (Naxos DDD 8.554186)
The Gramophone: ‘A delightful collection. Marvellous value….Short Suite (has) a lovely serene Aria.
BMS News: ‘David Lyon (is) an important voice in English light music..skill and imagination in abundance. Short Suite is thoroughly engaging, full of vivacity and colour, striking and twisting rhythms and generally novel and exciting harmonic writing.’ The Aria is‘spellbindingly beautiful.’
6. Three Dances for Orchestra
Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Barry Wordsworth
British Light Music Discoveries 3 (ASV CD WHL 2128)
Web Reviews: ‘Outstandingly tuneful’ ‘Robust melody..full of the promise of adventure’.
7. Almost a Waltz
Verity Butler, clarinet and Gavin Sutherland, piano.
Clarinet Kaleidoscope Vol.2 (Campion Cameo 2058, British Composer Series)
8. A Wiltshire Elegy/Divertimento for Small Orchestra/Serenata for Strings/Three Countryside Sketches etc
Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland
David Lyon: A Wiltshire Elegy (Mozart Records MR120115)
MusicWeb: ‘Very well crafted, with imaginative harmonies and colourful orchestrations’
9. Piano Concerto in One Movement
Alisdair Hogarth (pno)/RTE Concert Orchestra/Gavin Sutherland
British Celebration (Heritage Records HTGCD 203)
MusicWeb: ‘Breathes the same air as the Shostakovitch concertos, but with a British twist…..Alisdair Hogarth does the work full justice. The concerto fizzes along and is highly entertaining’.