Elgar: Cello Concerto

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
With an all-British cast and a program that nicely mixes several types of Elgar's orchestral music, this promises to be a fine collection cornerstone for this composer whose star has been on the way up. And in part that's the way it works out. The BBC Philharmonic sounds great in its new MediaCity concert space, and conductor Andrew Davis has the music in his bones. He leads the orchestra's strings crisply through what Elgar called the "devil of a fugue" in the "Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra, Op. 47." The "Elegy for strings, Op. 58," is chastely beautiful, and the five "Pomp and Circumstance marches, Op. 39," are neither overbearing nor ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
With an all-British cast and a program that nicely mixes several types of Elgar's orchestral music, this promises to be a fine collection cornerstone for this composer whose star has been on the way up. And in part that's the way it works out. The BBC Philharmonic sounds great in its new MediaCity concert space, and conductor Andrew Davis has the music in his bones. He leads the orchestra's strings crisply through what Elgar called the "devil of a fugue" in the "Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra, Op. 47." The "Elegy for strings, Op. 58," is chastely beautiful, and the five "Pomp and Circumstance marches, Op. 39," are neither overbearing nor lifeless. It's nice to hear the whole set; for the graduation-standard tune in the middle part of No. 1 has equally good counterparts in several of the others. This isn't a cello album, and the "Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85," isn't necessarily the center of the program, but the performance by British cellist Paul Watkins isn't up to the level of the rest. Watkins seems to be interested in the unusually intricate relationship between the cello and the orchestra, and indeed there are many points where the balance is very fine, but somewhere the simplicity and emotion of the work get lost in all the precision. Nevertheless, the fine orchestral work throughout makes this a find for Elgar fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115170922
  • Catalog Number: 10709
  • Sales rank: 140,232

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 - Edward Elgar & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (26:37)
  2. 5–6 Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47 - Edward Elgar & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (15:00)
  3. 6 Elegy, for string orchestra, Op. 58 - Edward Elgar & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (4:02)
  4. 8–12 Pomp and Circumstance, marches (5) for orchestra, Op. 39 - Edward Elgar & BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (28:57)
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Paul Watkins Primary Artist
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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Lovely interpretation, wonderful Military Marches!

    The Elgar Cello Concerto, Op. 85, has long been one of my favorite cello pieces. So while I am always pleased to hear it performed, I must confess to a sense of trepidation that the piece itself will be butchered. Here I had no cause for worry. Mr. Watkins playing is soulful and evocative, and the BBC Philharmonic, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, definitely does justice to the music. The complete interpretation is lovely, and this CD most certainly spent an inordinate amount of time in my player due to this piece alone.

    Following the concerto is the Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47. The melodies are sweeping and fresh, with the strings taking center stage. It is just wonderful and a treat to listen to. Following is the Elegy, Op. 58, and it is just start to finish beautiful. It is personal, warm, full of feeling, and this performance almost requires the listener to just sit back, listen and reflect. It doesn’t get much better than this.

    At this point, the disc changes gears and it is time for ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, Op. 39. I have always enjoyed well played march music, and this is delightful! All five marches are filled with up-tempo energy, marvelous horn work, and leave the listener smiling.

    This disc is fantastic from beginning to end. Very Highly Recommended!

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