Elgar: Part-Songs

Elgar: Part-Songs

by Cambridge University Chamber Choir
     
 
Even those who think they know Elgar will have to check their shelves twice to make sure they have the works on this disc. While there have been multiple recordings of the English composer's symphonies and concertos over the years, there have been very few recordings indeed of his part songs. This recording with the Cambridge University Chamber

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Even those who think they know Elgar will have to check their shelves twice to make sure they have the works on this disc. While there have been multiple recordings of the English composer's symphonies and concertos over the years, there have been very few recordings indeed of his part songs. This recording with the Cambridge University Chamber Choir under Christopher Robinson does not entirely have the field to itself, but it does have several very attractive features to distinguish it from the competition. First and foremost is the quality of the repertoire. Ranging from the Brahmsian "My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land" to the sentimental "As Torrents in Summer," the haunting "Serenade," the eerie "Owls (An Epitaph)," and the bitonal "There is Sweet Music," the music here is among his most immediately ingratiating. The Cambridge University Choir's rich tone, solid intonation, and smooth ensemble suits this music perfectly, and under Robinson's steady leadership, it turns in performances of exemplary dedication and fervent enthusiasm. Last but not least is the diversity of the program. While few of these pieces are standard-repertoire items for chorus, the six "Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands" exist in only one other recording for choir and piano (William Ferris leading the William Ferris Chorale with pianist John McCabe), and devoted as that performance was, this one with pianist Iain Farrington features more spirited singing. Naxos' sound is a bit closer, but no less impressive than Hyperion and Chandos' recordings of the same repertoire.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313054176
catalogNumber:
8570541
Rank:
147890

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Partsongs (4) for chorus, Op. 53
  2. Scenes from The Saga of King Olaf, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 30
  3. The Prince of Sleep, partsong for chorus
  4. Songs (2) for chorus, Op. 71
  5. Partsongs (3) for chorus, Op. 18: No. 3 My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land
  6. Death on the Hills, for chorus, Op. 72
  7. Songs (2) for chorus, Op. 73
  8. Evening Scene, for chorus
  9. Go, Song of Mine, partsong for double chorus, Op. 57
  10. Scenes From the Bavarian Highlands, songs (6) arranged for chorus & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27a

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