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Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Cockaigne / Menuhin


Release Date: 08/08/1995 
Label:  Virgin Classics Ultraviolet Catalog #: 61199   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Menuhin’s interpretations of the Pomp and Circumstance Marches offer a glimpse into the inner world of Elgar. They are perhaps not the most rhythmically incisive, precise accounts, but they are wonderfully “spirited,” and are put across with an affection born of personal acquaintance and a deep and lifelong devotion to the composer. The readings are full of loving touches: in the first march, for example, there is an unexpected expressive emphasis in the percussion in one crescendo; the violins are kept under the solo horn in the trio; the organ is brought in magnificently for the final reprise of the trio. Menuhin makes the marches sound more like the music of Elgar’s two symphonies than a pleasantly rousing parade; more than any Read more interpreter on disc, he endows them with a proper sense of nuance and spiritual complexity. They could not have been more impressively recorded. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1930; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Coronation March, Op. 65 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Pageant of Empire: Empire March by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Imperial March, Op. 32 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Caractacus, Op. 35: Triumphal March by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
6.
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Pomp and Circumstances Marches Nos. 1-5 Op.39: No. 1 in D major
Pomp and Circumstances Marches Nos. 1-5 Op.39: No. 2 in A minor
Pomp and Circumstances Marches Nos. 1-5 Op.39: No. 3 in C minor
Pomp and Circumstances Marches Nos. 1-5 Op.39: No. 4 in G major
Pomp and Circumstances Marches Nos. 1-5 Op.39: No. 5 in C major
Coronation March Op. 65
Empire March (from 'Pageant of Empire')
Imperial March Op. 32
Caractacus Op. 35: Triumphal March
Cockaigne (In London Town) - Concert Overture Op. 40

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