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Elgar in Sussex

Elgar in Sussex

by Felicity Lott
     
 
Elgar in Sussex, a 2011 Champs Hill Records album, focuses on some of the many works Elgar composed during his enjoyable time in the English countryside. Chamber music was foremost on Elgar's mind, and following the "Op. 82 Violin Sonata" and the "Op. 83 String Quartet" came the "Op. 84 Piano Quintet." This performance by the

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Elgar in Sussex, a 2011 Champs Hill Records album, focuses on some of the many works Elgar composed during his enjoyable time in the English countryside. Chamber music was foremost on Elgar's mind, and following the "Op. 82 Violin Sonata" and the "Op. 83 String Quartet" came the "Op. 84 Piano Quintet." This performance by the Schubert Ensemble falls a bit flat, not delivering all of the colors and experiences with which Elgar imbued his work. The group's sound gives a decidedly sluggish, unresponsive feeling. Balance favors the violins and the piano's right hand, almost excluding the sound of the viola and cello in most passages. The distant, diffuse recorded sound quality further robs this beautiful work of much of its potential. A change of gears and personnel makes for a delightful set of seven songs -- an atypical genre for Elgar -- taken from both early and mature periods. Soprano Felicity Lott sings with a wonderful purity of tone; the superb balance and clear recorded sound quality with pianist Joseph Middleton make for a memorable listening experience. The final work on the program has three sketches at various degrees of completion that were completed in 2007 by Paul Adrian Rooke. The Gould Piano Trio provides a well-executed, musically satisfying reading in which Rooke admirably captures the spirit and essence of Elgar's mature writing.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2011
Label:
Champs Hill Records
UPC:
5060212590282
catalogNumber:
27

Tracks

  1. March for piano trio (sketch)  - Edward Elgar  -  Gould Piano Trio  -  Alexander van Ingen
  2. Minuet and Trio, for piano trio in G major  - Edward Elgar  -  Gould Piano Trio  -  Alexander van Ingen
  3. Piano Trio in D minor (fragment)  - Edward Elgar  -  Gould Piano Trio  -  Alexander van Ingen
  4. Queen Mary's Song, for voice & piano  - Edward Elgar  - Felicity Lott  - Alfred Lord Tennyson  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Joseph Middleton
  5. Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 16: 3. Rondel  - Edward Elgar  - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  - Felicity Lott  - Benoît Froissart  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Joseph Middleton
  6. Grania and Diarmid, incidental music, Op. 42: 2. Speak, Music  - Edward Elgar  - Arthur Christopher Benson  - Felicity Lott  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Joseph Middleton
  7. Is she not passing fair?, song for voice & piano  - Edward Elgar  -  Duke of Orleans, Charles  - Felicity Lott  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Joseph Middleton
  8. Like to the Damask Rose, song for voice & piano  - Edward Elgar  - Felicity Lott  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Joseph Middleton  - Simon Westell
  9. Pleading, song for voice & piano, Op. 48/1  - Edward Elgar  - Felicity Lott  - Arthur L. Salmon  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Joseph Middleton
  10. Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 16: 1. The Shepherd's Song  - Edward Elgar  - Felicity Lott  - Barry Pain  -  Alexander van Ingen  - Joseph Middleton
  11. Quintet for piano & strings in A minor, Op. 84  - Edward Elgar  -  Schubert Ensemble of London  -  Alexander van Ingen

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