- Falstaff, symphonic study for orchestra in C minor, Op. 68
- Elegy, for string orchestra, Op. 58
- The Sanguine Fan, ballet, Op. 81
With its vivid characterizations and orchestral ingenuity, Elgar's "Falstaff" rivals the considerably more famous tone poems of Richard Strauss. The loveable scoundrel from Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 1" is brought to life in Elgar's mercurial and lavishly detailed score. David Lloyd-Jones inspires the English Northern Sinfonia to play with tremendous character and appropriate grit. Though their admirable performance can't match the brilliant account by Sir Simon Rattle and his Birmingham orchestra (EMI), this Naxos disc is still an excellent bargain. Elgar's rarely recorded ballet score, "The Sanguine Fan," makes an especially charming and valuable bonus.