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Elgar: Caractacus & Severn Suite / Howarth, Hickox, London Symphony


Release Date: 08/26/2016 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 24158  
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  David Wilson-JohnsonArthur DaviesJudith HowarthAlastair Miles,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release is a re-issue of a 1992 recording, when Richard Hickox was serving as Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Elgar wrote his Caractacus in 1898 for the Leeds Festival. The work shows his invention and orchestration skills, foreshadowing his most famous work, the Enigma Variations. A review by Gramophone asserted that “There can be nothing but praise for Richard Hickox’s fluent, sensitive direction and enthusiastic, full-blooded backcloth provided by the LSO… A typically ripe, wide-ranging Chandos recording into the bargain.”

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REVIEW:

Although the work itself is uneven, this 1992 recording is yet another classic recording from the late maestro, and well worth
Read more hearing when done as brilliantly as this.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Caractacus, Op. 35 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  David Wilson-Johnson (Baritone), Arthur Davies (Tenor), Judith Howarth (Soprano),
Alastair Miles (Bass), Stephen Roberts (Bass)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; England 
2.
Severn Suite for Brass Band, Op. 87 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930; England 

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