Elgar Experience

The Elgar Experience

by Andrew Davis
     
 

To be fair, this double-disc sampler from Warner provides a generous introduction to the music of Edward Elgar, but its program includes too many excerpts to be a fully satisfying survey. One can be grateful that the beloved "Enigma Variations" and the popular "Introduction and Allegro for strings" survived complete, and that several short but famous pieces, such as…  See more details below

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To be fair, this double-disc sampler from Warner provides a generous introduction to the music of Edward Elgar, but its program includes too many excerpts to be a fully satisfying survey. One can be grateful that the beloved "Enigma Variations" and the popular "Introduction and Allegro for strings" survived complete, and that several short but famous pieces, such as "Salut d'amour," the "Elegy for strings," and the "Cockaigne Overture," remain intact. But what need is there for the snippet of the opening from the "Cello Concerto," or the brief excerpt of the beginning of the "Overture: In the South," neither of which give more than a taste of their respective works; why include the choral adaptations of "Nimrod" from the "Enigma Variations," and "Land of Hope and Glory" from "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1," while the orchestral originals already appear elsewhere in the package? In the interest of representing Elgar's best-known works, some selectivity would have allowed more time to present, say, a complete performance of the five "Pomp and Circumstance Marches," the full "Serenade in E minor for strings," a movement from the seriously neglected "Violin Concerto in B minor," or at least something more complete than these frustrating filler tracks. Yet aside from the spotty programming, this collection features attractive performances by Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the sound quality is generally even and pleasant, as these selections have been drawn from digital recordings released for the most part in the 1990s by Teldec, Finlandia Records, and Erato Disques.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646992461
catalogNumber:
699246

Tracks

  1. Pomp and Circumstance March No.4, for orchestra in G major, Op. 39/4  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  2. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 1st movement. Adagio - Moderato (opening)  - Edward Elgar  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Arto Noras  - Mark Millington
  3. Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15: Chanson de Matin  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  4. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  5. Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  6. Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63: 1st movement. Allegro vivace e nobilmente  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  7. Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  8. Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15: Chanson de nuit  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  9. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  10. In the South ("Alassio"), concert overture for orchestra, Op. 50: Opening  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  11. Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55: 3rd movement. Adagio  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  12. Dream Children, for small orchestra (or piano), Op. 43: Andante  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  13. Elegy, for string orchestra, Op. 58  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  14. Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: 3rd movement. Adagio  - Edward Elgar  -  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Jukka-Pekka Saraste  - Arto Noras  - Mark Millington
  15. Sospiri, adagio for strings, harp & organ, Op. 70  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  16. Cockaigne Overture ("In London Town"), concert overture for orchestra & organ, Op. 40  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  17. Serenade, for strings in E minor, Op. 20: Larghetto  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  18. Falstaff: Two Interludes, for piano (from the orchestral work): Dream Interlude  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington
  19. Lux Aeterna, for chorus (after Nimrod from Enigma Variations, various arr.)  - Edward Elgar  -  Choir of New College, Oxford  - Edward Higginbottom  - Mark Millington
  20. Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, for orchestra in D major, Op. 39/1: Land of Hope and Glory  - Edward Elgar  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus  - Andrew Davis  - Mark Millington

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