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Elgar: Sea Pictures, Polonia & Pomp and Circumstances Marches / Halle


Release Date: 03/11/2016 
Label:  Hallé   Catalog #: 7536   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Alice Coote
Conductor:  Lyn FletcherMark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The latest release in Hallé’s award winning Elgar Edition features the much anticipated studio recording of Sea Pictures, coupled with the lesser known tone poem Polonia and the five original Pomp and Circumstance Marches.

Premiered in 1899, shortly after the triumph of the Enigma Variations in London the previous month, Sea Pictures became an immediate hit (with two of the songs being performed with piano accompaniment for Queen Victoria at Balmoral two weeks after the premiere). The cycle of five songs for which Elgar selected a variety of poems from his wide knowledge of literature, features a range of masterly orchestral textures and stunning vocal settings.

The featured soloist is world renowned
Read more mezzo soprano Alice Coote, regarded as one of the leading artists of our day, equally famed on the great operatic stages as in concert and recital.

Polonia has long been overlooked but this recording will re-establish this highly engaging tone poem which quotes Polish tunes and Chopin, written as a tribute to Poland’s contribution to the Allied cause in the First World War, in a brilliantly orchestrated score.

Not all of the five original Pomp and Circumstance Marches are as universally well known as No.1 and No.4 and, although constructed on the same structural pattern, they display an extraordinary variety of character. These orchestral showcases are a perfect vehicle with which to display the technical and artistic skill of the Hallé under Elder. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sea Pictures, Op. 37 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Alice Coote ()
Conductor:  Lyn Fletcher,  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1899; England 
Venue:  Hallé St. Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester 
Length: 22 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Polonia, Op. 76 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Lyn Fletcher,  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; England 
Date of Recording: 09/10/2013 
Venue:  The Studios of BBC Mediacity, Salford 
Length: 13 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Lyn Fletcher,  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1930; England 
Venue:  The Studios of BBC Mediacity, Salford 
Length: 27 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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