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Elgar: Songs / Wyn Rogers, Mackie, Maltman, Et Al


Release Date: 11/30/1999 
Label:  Somm   Catalog #: 220   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil MackieCatherine Wyn-RogersChristopher MaltmanMalcolm Martineau
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you’ve more than a passing interest in Elgar, this disc should be on your shelves. Recordings of his songs are comparatively rare and four of these 23 tracks are not found elsewhere. Jerrold Northrop Moore’s illuminating booklet notes, supplemented by his Edward Elgar: a Creative Life, greatly enhanced my appreciation. Elgar’s songs rarely received his best musical inspiration, but it’s fascinating to see how they punctuate his life, and to gain flashes of insight, through their melodic contours, into the gestation of the major works. Two unfinished song cycles written in 1909-10, for instance, went into the melting pot for his Violin Concerto (1910). There are some charming early songs, and plenty of hand-on-heart heroics in ‘The Wind Read more at Dawn’, to words by his then fiancée. Other songs display Elgar’s melancholy. Martineau heightens the weary mood in the piano postlude of ‘Twilight’ (‘It is deadly dull here and enough to drive one to despair’, wrote Elgar around this time) by delaying the final chord so long that it almost seems he’s lost the will to finish. The singers enter wholeheartedly into the idiom, their marked rubatos giving a real turn-of-the-century feel. You can’t imagine these recordings having been made in anything less than full evening dress, and an aspidistra must surely have been lurking nearby.

-- Janet Banks, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Shepherd's Song, Op. 16 no 1 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
2.
Queen Mary's Song by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
3.
Is she not Passing Fair? by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; England 
4.
A Song of Autumn by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
5.
The Wind at Dawn by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
6.
Like to the damask rose by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
7.
Through the long days, Op. 16 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
8.
Songs (2), Op. 41: no 1, In the dawn by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
9.
Song Cycle, Op. 59: no 3, Oh, Soft was the Song by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; England 
10.
Song Cycle, Op. 59: no 6, Twilight by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; England 
11.
Song Cycle, Op. 59: no 5, Was it some Golden Star? by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Neil Mackie (Tenor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Mezzo Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone),
Malcolm Martineau (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; England 

Sound Samples

Shepherd's Song, Op. 16, No. 1
Queen Mary's Song
Is she not passing fair?
Rondel, Op. 16, No. 3
A Song of Autumn
The Wind at Dawn
Like to the damask rose: Like to the damask Rose
Through the long days, Op. 16, No. 2
The Poet's Life
Pipes of Pan
In the Dawn, Op. 41, No. 1
Speak, Music, Op. 41, No. 2
In Moonlight
Pleading, Op. 48
Song Cycle, Op. 59: No. 3. O soft was the song
Song Cycle, Op. 59: No. 5. Was it some golden star?
Song Cycle, Op. 59: No. 6. Twilight
The Torch, Op. 60, No. 1
The River, Op. 60, No. 2
A Child Asleep
Arabian Serenade
Still to be neat
Modest and Fair

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