Elgar: Part-Songs

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313054176
  • Catalog Number: 8570541
  • Sales rank: 379,255

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Partsongs (4) for chorus, Op. 53 - Edward Elgar & Edward Elgar (15:40)
  2. 2 Scenes from The Saga of King Olaf, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 30 - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (2:16)
  3. 3 The Prince of Sleep, partsong for chorus - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (4:54)
  4. 7–8 Songs (2) for chorus, Op. 71 - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (6:15)
  5. 8 Partsongs (3) for chorus, Op. 18: No. 3 My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (4:31)
  6. 9 Death on the Hills, for chorus, Op. 72 - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (4:06)
  7. 11–12 Songs (2) for chorus, Op. 73 - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (5:06)
  8. 12 Evening Scene, for chorus - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (3:32)
  9. 13 Go, Song of Mine, partsong for double chorus, Op. 57 - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (4:58)
  10. 15–20 Scenes From the Bavarian Highlands, songs (6) arranged for chorus & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27a - Edward Elgar & Cambridge University Choir (24:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christopher Robinson Primary Artist
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