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British Composers - Elgar, Stanford, Parry

British Composers: Elgar Stanford & Parry / Var
Release Date: 05/03/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 95422   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarCharles Villiers StanfordCharles Hubert Parry
Performer:  Francis Brett
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerLawrence CollingwoodNorman Del MarRichard Hickox,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern SinfoniaRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraBournemouth Sinfonietta Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This box kicks off with the gentle undemonstrative charm of the Lighter Elgar as purveyed by Marriner and the Northern Sinfonia with just two of the 19 tracks given over to the RPO and Lawrance Collingwood. The next disc mixes Elgar and Stanford under the baton of Norman Del Mar. From the light music to the six songs that make up From the Bavarian Highlands is but a small stride. It reflects Elgar’s direct affection for Germany. Dating from 1895-96 it is a sweetly poignant souvenir of the young couple’s holiday in Bavaria in 1894. The writing is irresistibly innocent and wonderfully pointed by artists and engineers. There’s everything to be moved by here and nothing to dislike. This Del Mar Stanford Third Symphony was Read more the work’s first commercial recording. It’s Brahmsian first movement is offset by the jiggy Allegro moderato vivace with a bardic harp ushering in the Andante before the sturdy finale. This symphony can loosely be bracketed with the Irish Symphonies of Harty and Sullivan. Highly entertaining music-making. The other side of the RCM’s Stanford-Parry hegemony can be heard in CD 3 with the sophisticated light music that is An English Suite. The Caprice and Frolic movements are carefree effusions which must have provided inspiration for the likes of Binge and other denizens of the light orchestral repertoire. Before we reach the Lady Radnor’s Suite we hear the slowly reverent tragedy of Elgar’s Elegy and the breathy Sospiri with its harper’s melancholia. Very moving. The Serenade for Strings is heard before the Lady Radnor work – the latter at times redolent of Brahmsian Purcell kept airborne and motile by Richard Hickox. Disc 4 leads us into the purple realm of Stanford’s choral church music. Out of the ordinary run is For lo, I raise up which is buoyed up by a stormy swell as is the organ piece Postlude in D minor. Otherwise this music evokes or is from a peaceable kingdom.
 
The last disc in the set was largely recorded at one of Boult's final sessions. Parry is much more than a museum piece. The language of this music moves between Brahms and Schumann, leaning more toward Brahms. You can hear that from the very start of the Fifth Symphony in which Boult, even at his then advanced age, catches all the conflagration that blazes through Parry's equally fiery First Symphony - see the Nimbus recording made by William Boughton. The Fifth is more concise than his earliest symphony and runs to four tersely-titled movements: Stress, Love, Play, Now. These titles are in themselves fascinating - noting the change from states of existence to a temporal statement (Now) in which the emotional state can only be extracted from listening to the music. This is warmly Brahmsian in the manner of the Second and Fourth symphonies with a Viennese Schubertian lilt in Play. The finale is the longest movement at 7:40. The start of Play is redolent of Elgar's Enigma. This has a touch of Nobilmente as well as Straussian exuberance. Twenty-five years earlier had come Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens set to Milton's poem At a Solemn Music. It here receives a golden sunburst of a recording notable for the tonal weight of the choir even if sung unanimity is not always its strength. This recording was made in 1966. The Symphonic Variations are sturdy but take a while to catch the heavenly fire. Parry's magnificent way with the striding horns can be heard at 2:12. How good it would be to hear these Variations alongside the similarly grand Elegiac Variations by Thomas Dunhill. Parry's overture-length Elegy for Brahms had to wait until 1918 for its premiere. At that stage it had been revised by Stanford who conducted it at the Parry Memorial Concert at the RCM on 8 November 1918. Boult makes this Elegy shine in a golden aureole which celebrates Brahms rather than laments his passing. It’s a golden anthology - well worth the outlay alongside Nimbus's recording of the First Symphony (Boughton – magnificently alive), Boult's Lyrita collection and Bamert's Chandos Parry cycle."

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
2.
Beau Brummel: Minuet by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1928; England 
3.
Starlight Express, Op. 78 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; England 
4.
The Wand of Youth Suites, Op. 1a-b: Excerpt(s) by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; England 
5.
Dream Children, Op. 43 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 
6.
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
7.
Minuet, Op. 21 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
8.
May Song by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901/1928; England 
9.
Danse pensée "Rosemary" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
10.
Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra, Op. 62 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
11.
Sevillana, Op. 7 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884/1899; England 
12.
Sérénade lyrique by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; England 
13.
Characteristic Pieces (3), Op. 10 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; England 
14.
Carissima by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
15.
Mina by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1933; England 
16.
From the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; England 
17.
Symphony no 3 in F minor, Op. 28 "Irish" by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
18.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  St. Barnabas's Church, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 35 Secs. 
19.
Elegy for Strings, Op. 58 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  St. Barnabas's Church, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  St. Barnabas's Church, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
21.
An English Suite by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1921; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  St. Barnabas's Church, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 24 Secs. 
22.
Lady Radnor's Suite by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  St. Barnabas's Church, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 
23.
Services in G major, Op. 81: Evening Service by Charles Villiers Stanford
Performer:  Francis Brett (Treble)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; England 
24.
For lo, I raise up, Op. 145 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
25.
Bible Songs (6), Op. 113: no 4, A Song of Peace by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909 
26.
Hymns (6), Op. 113: no 4, Pray that Jerusalem may have by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1910 
27.
Motets (3), Op. 38 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; England 
28.
Short Preludes and Postludes (6), Op. 105: Postlude in D minor by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; England 
29.
Magnificat in B flat major, Op. 164 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; England 
30.
Bible Songs (6), Op. 113: no 6, A Song of Wisdom by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909 
31.
Hymns (6), Op. 113: no 6, O for a closer walk with God by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
32.
The Lord is My Shepherd by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; England 
33.
Services in C major, Op. 115 by Charles Villiers Stanford
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
34.
Symphony no 5 in B minor "Symphonic fantasia" by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
35.
Elegy for Brahms by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
36.
Blest Pair of Sirens (At a Solemn Music) by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; England 
37.
Symphonic Variations in E minor by Charles Hubert Parry
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 

Sound Samples

Chanson de matin Op. 15 No. 2 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Beau Brummel (1996 Digital Remaster): Minuet
The Starlight Express Op. 78 (1996 Digital Remaster): My Old Tunes (Organ-Grinder)
The Starlight Express Op. 78 (1996 Digital Remaster): O children, open your arms to me (Organ-Grinder)
Sun Dance (Wand of Youth Suite No.1, Op.1a No.4) (1996 Digital Remaster)
Dream Children Op. 43 (1996 Digital Remaster): 1. Andante
Dream Children Op. 43 (1996 Digital Remaster): 2. Allegretto piacevole
Salut d'amour Op. 12 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Minuet Op. 21 (1996 Digital Remaster)
May Song (1996 Digital Remaster)
Rosemary (that's for remembrance) (1996 Digital Remaster)
Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra Op. 62 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Sevillana Op. 7 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Sérénade lyrique (1996 Digital Remaster)
Mazurka Op.10 No. 1 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Serenade mauresque Op. 10 No. 2 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Contrasts Op. 10 No. 3 (1996 Digital Remaster)
Carissima (1996 Digital Remaster)
Mina (1996 Digital Remaster)
Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands Op. 27 (1981 Digital Remaster): I. The Dance (Sonnenbichl)
Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands Op. 27 (1981 Digital Remaster): II. False Love (Wamberg)
Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands Op. 27 (1981 Digital Remaster): III. Lullaby (In Hammersbach)
Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands Op. 27 (1981 Digital Remaster): IV. Aspiration (Bei Sankt Anton)
Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands Op. 27 (1981 Digital Remaster): V. On the Alm (Hoch Alp)
Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands Op. 27 (1981 Digital Remaster): VI. The Marksman (Bei Murnau)
Symphony No. 3 in F minor Op. 28, 'Irish" (1994 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 3 in F minor Op. 28, 'Irish" (1994 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro moderato vivace
Symphony No. 3 in F minor Op. 28, 'Irish" (1994 Digital Remaster): III. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 3 in F minor Op. 28, 'Irish" (1994 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco

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