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Elgar: Falstaff; Orchestral Songs; Grania and Diarmid Incidental Music and Funeral March

Elgar: Falstaff; Orchestral Songs; Grania and Diarmid Incidental Music and Funeral March

by Roderick WilliamsRoderick Williams

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Overview

"Comic" is not a word most listeners, at least outside of Britain, would immediately associate with the music of Edward Elgar, but in fact his light side was fully developed. That's the joy of this program on Chandos, with Sir Andrew Davis leading the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Davis has recorded Elgar's "symphonic study" "Falstaff" before, but it's hard to imagine how he could exceed the crackling version here. And it's balanced perfectly by a set of light and lyric Elgar orchestral song. If you've avoided Elgar because of the likes of "The Dream of Gerontius," this album is for you: sample the richly evocative "The Wind at Dawn," a piano song orchestrated by the composer and hit on the nose by the strikingly hard-working baritone Roderick Williams. And by no means miss the anti-smoking curtain-dropper, probably the first and only work of its kind. Davis is equally good here when he's running the show and when he's working with a soloist, and the whole package is coherent to an unusual degree. Highly recommended.


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Release Date: 11/03/2017
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115518823
catalogNumber: 5188
Rank: 17996

Tracks

  1. Falstaff, symphonic study for orchestra in C minor, Op. 68

    1. I. Falstaff and Prince Henry. Allegro - Con anima - Animato -Allegro molto - Più animato -
    2. II. Eastcheap. Allegro molto - Molto grandioso e largamente -Tempo I - Poco più tranquillo -
    3. Gadshill. A Tempo I - The Boar's Head. Revelry and sleep. Allegro molto - Con anima - Più lento - G
    4. Molto tranquillo - Molto più lento -
    5. Dream Interlude. Poco allegretto -
    6. III. Falstaff's march. Allegro - Con anima - Poco meno mosso -Animato - A tempo [Poco meno mosso] -
    7. The return through Gloucestershire. [ ] - Poco sostenuto - Poco a poco più lento -
    8. Interlude. Gloucestershire, Shallow's orchard. Allegretto -
    9. The new king. Allegro molto - The hurried ride to London. [ ] -
    10. IV. King Henry V's Progress. Più moderato - Giusto - Poco più allegro -Animato - Grandioso - Animat
    11. The repudiation of Falstaff, and his death. [ ] - Poco più lento - Poco più lento - Più lento - Poc
  2. Song Cycle, for voice & orchestra, Op. 59 (3 complete of 6): 3. Oh, soft was the song. Allegro molto

    1. 3. Oh, soft was the song. Allegro molto
  3. Song Cycle, for voice & orchestra, Op. 59 (3 complete of 6): 5. Was it some golden star? Allegretto - Meno moss

    1. 5. Was it some golden star? Allegretto - Meno mosso - Più mosso -Meno mosso - Tempo I
  4. Song Cycle, for voice & orchestra, Op. 59 (3 complete of 6): 6. Twilight. Allegro moderato - Meno mosso - Meno

    1. 6. Twilight. Allegro moderato - Meno mosso - Meno - Meno mosso - [Tempo I]
  5. Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 60: 1. The Torch. Allegro ma non troppo - Lento - Anda

    1. 1. The Torch. Allegro ma non troppo - Lento - Andante
  6. Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 60: 2. The River. Allegro - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Men

    1. 2. The River. Allegro - Meno mosso - Tempo I - Meno mosso -Tempo I - Più mosso
  7. Grania and Diarmid, incidental music, Op. 42

    1. [Incidental Music.] Moderato - Allegro - Più lento - Andante - Larghetto -
    2. Funeral March. Maestoso
  8. The Wind at Dawn, song for voice & piano
  9. The Pipes of Pan, song for voice & piano
  10. Pleading, song for voice & piano, Op. 48/1
  11. The King's Way, song for voice & piano
  12. Humorous Sketch: "Kindly do not smoke in the hall on staircase, Op. 1001", for baritone & orchestra

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