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Elgar in Sussex

Elgar / Schubert Ensemble / Lott / Middleton
Release Date: 10/25/2011 
Label:  Champs Hill Records   Catalog #: 27   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Joseph MiddletonFelicity Lott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano TrioSchubert Ensemble of London
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Escaping London towards the end of the Great War, Elgar found a haven and inspiration in the countryside of Sussex. On this disc, musicians associated with Champs Hill - a short distance away from Elgar’s retreat at ‘Brinkwells’ - celebrate the period which became one of the happiest times of Elgar’s life.

The Schubert Ensemble perform Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A Minor. This elegiac Quintet with its substantial slow movement is a record of his time in Sussex. Infused with the atmosphere of the surrounding countryside, it - while of its time - transcends the war.

Despite Elgar’s declaration that he was ‘not a song writer’, a number of his songs stand comparison with the very best of the English song repertoire.
Read more Dame Felicity Lott, accompanied by Joseph Middleton, sings a variety of Elgar’s most noted songs. Included in this selection of seven songs are Pleading and Is She not Passing Fair?, the texts for both of which contain a mixture of the nostalgia and whimsy which attracted Elgar in the first place, and inspired his melodies which linger in the mind.

In 2007, the composer Paul Adrian Rooke was commissioned to complete Elgar’s unfinished Three Movements for Piano Trio, newly recorded here by the Gould Piano Trio. Elgar left the first of these three Movements in fragmentary form, and unfortunately little is known of its origin. The second Movement is a Minuet and Trio, and was written by Elgar for a private performance with his friend Charles Buck and Buck’s mother while staying at their home in Settle, Yorkshire. The third Movement, The March for the Grafton family, is a version for piano trio of Elgar’s Empire March of 1924. While not written as a set, they can be effective, played consecutively. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Shepherd's Song, Op. 16 no 1 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Felicity Lott ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
Date of Recording: 11/25/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Pleading, Op. 48 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Felicity Lott ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1908; England 
Date of Recording: 11/25/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Like to the damask rose by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Felicity Lott ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
Date of Recording: 11/25/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Is she not Passing Fair? by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Felicity Lott ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; England 
Date of Recording: 11/25/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Grania and Diarmid, Op. 42: Speak, Music by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Felicity Lott (), Joseph Middleton (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1901 
Date of Recording: 11/25/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6.
Rondel, Op. 16 no 3 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Felicity Lott ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; England 
Date of Recording: 11/25/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7.
Queen Mary's Song by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Joseph Middleton (Piano), Felicity Lott ()
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
Date of Recording: 11/25/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8.
Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor [fragment] by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 02/10/1886 
Date of Recording: 10/20/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Minuet and Trio for Piano Trio in G major by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882 
Date of Recording: 10/20/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10.
March for Piano Trio [sketch] by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gould Piano Trio
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924 
Date of Recording: 10/20/2010 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11.
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble of London
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1918-1919; England 
Date of Recording: 11/2001 
Venue:  Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex 
Length: 37 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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