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Elgar: The Wand Of Youth, Nursery Suite / Judd, New Zealand


Release Date: 04/20/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557166   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A charming disc full of charming music, these light Elgar works seem to come and go in the catalog, undeservedly so. Like most great composers Elgar lavished as much care on his miniatures as he did on his large-scale productions, and some listeners may well prefer to enjoy his lyrical gifts and vivid orchestration in this easily digestible form. The performances are uniformly excellent, offering both lightness ("Fairy Pipers", "Little Bells", "The Merry Doll") and rambunctious high spirits ("The Wild Bears", "The Wagon (Passes)") where appropriate. James Judd's tempos tend to be a little slower than, say, Charles Mackerras' on his otherwise excellent Argo disc containing much of the same repertoire, but the music never drags and it's all Read more easeful good fun. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra plays with obvious care and affection, and the recorded sound lives up to the current high standards coming from this source. The Judd/New Zealand partnership has given Naxos some of its best discs, and this one is no exception.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Wand of Youth Suite no 1, Op. 1a by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
2.
The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; England 
3.
Dream Children, Op. 43 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 
4.
Nursery Suite by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 

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