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Elgar Wartime Music from Somm


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« on: October 12, 2012, 12:27:53 pm »

There is a very welcome release from Somm due in November -



SOMM247

Polonia, Op.76
Carillon, Op.75 (for speaker & orchestra )
Sospiri, Op.70
Une Voix dans le Désert, Op.77 (for speaker, soprano & orchestra)
Carissima
Le Drapeau Belge, Op.79 (for speaker & orchestra)
Rosemary
The Sanguine Fan, Op.81
Sursum Corda, Op.11

Simon Callow, Speaker
Susan Gritton, Soprano
BBC Concert Orchestra/ John Wilson


Although this collection covers very similar ground to a previous Pearl issue -



the prospect of fully-professional forces tackling this still generally-unknown area of Elgar's output is very exciting.

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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2012, 11:05:27 pm »

Very much looking forward. The Pearl release was of a very high standard, though. One of the singers in the Fringes of the Fleet was one Russell Watson: I wonder whether the one who subsequently became known as a 'popular classical' singer.
Recordings of 'Sursum Corda' are pretty rare too.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 09:06:42 am »

The musicweb review is very positive about this new release, but criticises Simon Callow for being too emotive in his delivery of Cammaerts’ poetry -

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2012/Oct12/Elgar_wartime_SOMMCD247.htm

- but, given that the reviewer refers to the texts as "agonised", it will be interesting to see how other listeners react ...

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 10:37:58 am »

Surprisingly, 'Polonia' must be one of the most-recorded pieces of Elgar. I currently have five different recordings of it: the Collett, Boult, Elgar (shortened acoustic version), Andrew Davis and Douglas Bostock. I quite like the piece, but I'm not sure it really needs this. It is obviously just a nice convenient length to fill up a CD.
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