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Songs & Piano music by Edward Elgar
     

Songs & Piano music by Edward Elgar

by Peter Savidge
 
If you love -- really, really, really love -- composer Edward Elgar and his music, you'll have to hear this two-disc set. Called Songs & Piano Music by Edward Elgar, it has several important and unique features. First, all the accompaniments are performed on the composer's own 1844 Broadwood Square Piano, which naturally lends an air of palpable authenticity to

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If you love -- really, really, really love -- composer Edward Elgar and his music, you'll have to hear this two-disc set. Called Songs & Piano Music by Edward Elgar, it has several important and unique features. First, all the accompaniments are performed on the composer's own 1844 Broadwood Square Piano, which naturally lends an air of palpable authenticity to every work. Second, it contains among its 34 individual pieces four world-premiere recordings ranging from the very early "As I laye a-thynkynge" to the very late "XTC" and from the massive transcription of the Prelude and "Angel's Farewell" from "The Dream of Gerontius" to the slender sketch of "?," Elgar's first idea of what later became his cello concerto. Third, it includes the song cycle "Sea Pictures" in its original keys and accompanied only by the piano. Finally, it has tremendously committed performances by all concerned, from pianist David Owen Norris through soprano Amanda Pitt, tenor Mark Wilde, and baritone Peter Savidge to the tiny male chorus of Mark Bamping, William Houghton, and Edward Whiffin. Some might object that the Broadwood, for all its undoubted authenticity, is tinny and slightly out of tune, while others might complain that much of the music is early and quite uncharacteristic of the mature composer. But anyone who loves -- really, really, really loves -- the composer and his music will be champing at the bit to get ahold of this disc. Avie's digital sound is a tad distant, but still clear and evocative.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2007
Label:
Avie
UPC:
0822252212921
catalogNumber:
2129
Rank:
308022

Tracks

  1. Like to the Damask Rose, song for voice & piano
  2. Queen Mary's Song, for voice & piano
  3. A Song of Autumn, song for voice & piano
  4. The Poet's Life, song for voice & piano
  5. Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 16: No. 2. Through the long days
  6. Roundel: "The little eyes that never knew light", for voice & piano
  7. Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 16: No. 1. The Shepherd's Song
  8. A Soldier's Song ("A War Song"), song for voice & piano
  9. Is she not passing fair?, song for voice & piano
  10. As I laye a-thinkynge, song for voice & piano
  11. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12
  12. The Wind at Dawn, song for voice & piano
  13. Songs (2 completed of 4), for voice & piano, Op. 31: No. 1. After
  14. Caractacus, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 35: Woodland Interlude
  15. Dry those Fair, those Crystal Eyes, song for voice & piano
  16. The Pipes of Pan, song for voice & piano
  17. Sea Pictures, song cycle for alto, organ & orchestra, Op. 37
  18. The Dream of Gerontius, oratorio for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 38: Prelude and Angel's Farewell
  19. Come, gentle night, song for voice & piano
  20. Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 41
  21. Dream Children, for small orchestra (or piano), Op. 43
  22. Arabian Serenade, song for voice & piano
  23. In Moonlight (Canto popolare), song for voice & piano
  24. Pleading, song for voice & piano, Op. 48/1
  25. Song Cycle, for voice & orchestra, Op. 59 (3 complete of 6): No. 1. O soft was the song
  26. The Fringes of the Fleet, pieces (4) for baritone solo, 3 baritones & orchestra
  27. '?', for piano
  28. It isnae me, song for voice & piano
  29. XTC, for voices & piano

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