Elgar - Part-Songs

Naxos: 8570541

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Elgar - Part-Songs

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8570541
(8.570541)

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd March 2008

Barcode:

0747313054176

Length:

75 minutes

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Elgar - Part-Songs


Elgar:

Four Part-songs Op. 53

As torrents in summer

The Prince of Sleep

Two Part-songs Op. 71

My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land Op. 18 No. 3

Death on the Hills, Op. 72

Two Part-songs Op. 73

Evening Scene

Go, song of mine, Op. 57

Scenes (6) from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27

The Dance; False Love; Lullaby; Aspiration; On the Alm & The Marksmen


Iain Farrington (piano)

Cambridge University Chamber Choir, Christopher Robinson

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Edward Elgar: 4 Choral songs, Op. 53

No. 1. There is Sweet Music

No. 2. Deep in my Soul

No. 3. O Wild West Wind!

No. 4. Owls (An Epitaph)

Edward Elgar: Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, Op. 30: As Torrents in Summer

Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, Op. 30: As Torrents in Summer

Edward Elgar: The Prince of Sleep

The Prince of Sleep

Edward Elgar: 2 Choral songs, Op. 71

No. 1. The Shower

No. 2. The Fountain

Edward Elgar: My love dwelt in a Northern land, Op. 18, No. 3

My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, Op. 18, No. 3

Edward Elgar: Death on the Hills, Op. 72

Death on the Hills, Op. 72

Edward Elgar: 2 Choral songs, Op. 73

No. 1. Love's Tempest

No. 2. Serenade

Edward Elgar: Evening Scene

Evening Scene

Edward Elgar: Go, song of mine, Op. 57

Go, Song of Mine, Op. 57

Edward Elgar: Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27

No. 1. The Dance

No. 2. False Love

No. 3. Lullaby

No. 4. Aspiration

No. 5. On the Alm

No. 6. The Marksmen

BBC Music Magazine

May 2008

****

“Under the experienced Christopher Robinson, the young singers of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir make the most of this treasure-trove, with secure pitching, clear enunciation, and a bright well-balanced sound.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Plaudits to Christopher Robinson and the Cambridge University Chamber Choir for their keenly prepared and fervent exploration of this still under-appreciated repertoire. And what an absorbing creative portrait of the composer they give us, stretching from 1889 and 'My love dwelt in a northern land' to 1925 and the delectably assured setting of Walter de la Mare's 'The Prince of Sleep'. Other bewitching gems along the journey include 'As torrents in summer'(from the epilogue of the 1896 cantata King Olaf), 'Evening Scene' (1905) and 'Go, song of mine' (1909). In the five items (Opp 71-73) from 1914 Elgar's treatment of the a cappella medium acquires an extra confidence (the writing at once dark, rich and penetrating), though perhaps the most sheerly gripping and diverse inspiration on this well filled anthology is to be found within the four Op 53 songs of 1907: sample the eartickling bitonality of 'There is sweet music' or ghostly gloom of 'Owls' (Elgar at his most daring and inscrutable).
One might hope for a fractionally tighter focus to what is an otherwise tonally true sound-picture (the words are not always ideally clear – Naxos does, thankfully, supply full texts). Otherwise, these commendably disciplined and infectiously spirited performances are sure to give pleasure. A tempting price, too!”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2008

“These commendably disciplined and infectiously spirited performances are sure to give pleasure. A tempting price, too! ”

The Observer

“Christopher Robinson's survey of English choral music for Naxos…has been hailed as perhaps the finest ever conducted on disc”

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