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Elgar: Nursery Suite, Severn Suite, Crown Of India / Groves


Release Date: 03/25/2010 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 63280   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection is a logical pendant to the reissue of Sir Adrian Boult's late EMI Elgar recordings, for just at the time when Sir Adrian's Indian Summer was starting to blossom, the original Groves LPs appeared, and their issue must surely have had a bearing on the fact that the older conductor did not record the three suites on this disc (though of course there was an earlier mono Boult version of the Nursery Suite).

The loss, I think, is not too grievous, for Sir Charles is a very sure-footed Elgarian rather in the Boult tradition, and there is no item here which is anything other than wholly idiomatic and sympathetically conducted. But at the same time Elgar's richly imaginative, restless spirit is not fully realized:
Read more sometimes the beat is too hefty and constant, and the music's mercurial ebb and flow is missing. There is not quite the elegance and wistful charm that there should be in the little Caractacus piece, and the Grania and Diarmid excerpt rather lacks atmosphere and tragic grandeur. The Nursery Suite is given a pleasant, gently affectionate reading, however, and in general there's much to enjoy throughout a very wellfilled disc. The RLPO play very well and are given a good, sonorous recording.

-- Gramophone [3/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nursery Suite by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
2.
Grania and Diarmid, Op. 42 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
3.
Severn Suite for Orchestra, Op. 87 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1930-1932; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
4.
The Light of Life, Op. 29: no 1, Meditation by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1969 
5.
Caractacus, Op. 35: Woodland Interlude by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897-1898; England 
Date of Recording: 1970 
6.
The Crown of India, Op. 66: Suite by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; England 
Date of Recording: 1970 

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