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MUSIC OF ALL ERAS => Commercial recordings (vintage, new and forthcoming) => Topic started by: Albion on October 12, 2012, 12:27:53 pm



Title: Elgar Wartime Music from Somm
Post by: Albion on October 12, 2012, 12:27:53 pm
There is a very welcome release from Somm due in November -

(http://media.mdt.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/S/O/SOMM247.jpg)

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 -

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZMVZ9A4QL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)

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

 :)


Title: Re: Elgar Wartime Music from Somm
Post by: jimfin 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.


Title: Re: Elgar Wartime Music from Somm
Post by: Albion 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 (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 ...

 :)


Title: Re: Elgar Wartime Music from Somm
Post by: jimfin 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.