Elgar: The River
This page lists all recordings of The River, by Edward William Elgar (1857-1934) on CD.
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Elgar - Sea Pictures & Pageant of Empire
Recorded at The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, 6-7 October & 10 November 2009
Elgar’s Sea Pictures sung by a man, and a baritone, of the calibre of Roderick Williams is an eye-opening experience for all Elgarians, making one wonder why it had not been done before. Dutton Epoch’s pioneering exploration of this repertoire has to be heard, and you will surely return to Roderick’s interpretation again and again. This is a remarkable programme of orchestral song cycles in which Roderick Williams is accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates; it also features the world premiere recording of Elgar’s songs for Pageant of Empire – seven gloriously tuneful numbers in Elgar’s most expansive vein. Ivor Gurney’s Light’s Out and Michael Hurd’s Shore Leave, both haunting and evocative song cycles with the Concert Orchestra, make this an unforgettable portrait of the art of Roderick Williams. This is a worthy companion to Dutton Epoch’s earlier CD of Roderick Williams in orchestral songs (CDLX 7199 ‘Sea Fever’).
“In this absorbing anthology of British orchestral songs, wchich splendidly showcases the vocal artistry of baritone Roderick Williams, Elgar bulks largest...This disc has Dutton's quintessential features of thoughtful, original programming and high production values.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****
“Roderick Williams cuts as commandingly articulate a figure as ever...Elsewhere, Jeremy Dibble does a terrific job orchestrating Ivor Gurney's Lights Out...the title song in particular distils a fragrant beauty that will haunt you for days.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2010
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Part songs by Edward Elgar
John Brecknock (tenor), Victor Morris (piano)
Philharmonic Chamber Choir, David Temple
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