Elgar in Sussex

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Label: Champs Hill Records
  • EAN: 5060212590282
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 317,605

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Quintet for piano & strings in A minor, Op. 84 - Edward Elgar & Schubert Ensemble of London (37:56)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    1. 1 Moderato - Allegro
    2. 2 Adagio
    3. 3 Andante - Allegro
  2. 4 Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 16: 1. The Shepherd's Song - Edward Elgar & Felicity Lott (3:02)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  3. 5 Pleading, song for voice & piano, Op. 48/1 - Edward Elgar & Felicity Lott (2:42)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  4. 6 Like to the Damask Rose, song for voice & piano - Edward Elgar & Felicity Lott (3:40)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  5. 7 Is she not passing fair?, song for voice & piano - Edward Elgar & Duke of Orleans, Charles (2:45)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  6. 8 Grania and Diarmid, incidental music, Op. 42: 2. Speak, Music - Edward Elgar & Arthur Christopher Benson (3:10)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  7. 9 Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 16: 3. Rondel - Edward Elgar & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1:34)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  8. 10 Queen Mary's Song, for voice & piano - Edward Elgar & Felicity Lott (3:58)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
    Performed byFelicity Lott
  9. 11 Piano Trio in D minor (fragment) - Edward Elgar & Gould Piano Trio (7:44)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
  10. 12 Minuet and Trio, for piano trio in G major - Edward Elgar & Gould Piano Trio (6:09)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
  11. 13 March for piano trio (sketch) - Edward Elgar & Gould Piano Trio (4:35)
    Composed byEdward Elgar
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Felicity Lott Primary Artist
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