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The Australian, Percy Code, is best known for his cornet solo Zelda, written in 1923, and a favourite of Harry Mortimer who recorded it with Foden's Motor Works in 1932. Code wrote 11 solos between 1919 and 1934 and several marches. After considerable research, Australian euphonium soloist, Matthew Van Emmerik, has brought all 11 solos together on one CD.
van Emmerik demonstrates delightful warmth of tone and a keen expressivity in his interpretations. 'Zelda', Code's most famous solo, is delivered with tasteful musical shape and exciting technical assurance. This disc, however, offers an opportunity to delve into the lesser-known works of Percy Code. As a result, much of the repertoire may sound similar, but nonetheless results in a rewarding listening experience, each performed with the composer's original musical intentions in mind.
The superb quality of performance and recording, the historical interest and the overall vision of this release is one that achieves its title goal of Preserving Code with great success.