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Elgar: The Music Makers, Etc / Davis, Bbc Symphony


Release Date: 11/01/1994 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 92374   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jean Rigby
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Chorus
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

Andrew Davis directs a most moving account of The Music Makers. As with his outstanding interpretation of Elgar's Second Symphony (11/92) Davis strikes right to the heart of this rapturous setting of O'Shaughnessy's ode. and the results are at once profoundly idiomatic and properly enchanting. Indeed, 'special' moments abound in this performance: note the chilling hush of Elgar's prescribed ppp marking at the words ''In the buried past of the earth'' (7'24''); the ravishing tone Davis draws from his excellent choir for ''A breath of our inspiration'' (11 '43''); and how touching is his handling of that sublime passage beginning at 25'52'' (''O men! it must ever be/That we dwell. in our dreaming and singing,/A little apart from ye''), with Read more its poignant intertwining of themes from the Enigma Variations and the Violin Concerto. Apart from some loss of colour in the very lowest register, Jean Rigby is a first-rate soloist, deeply affecting in her closing lines (which elicit perhaps the most heart-stopping quotation of all, that of ''Novissima hora est'' from Gerontius), and the BBC SO respond to their chief in commendably stylish, notably dedicated fashion. In sum, even more than the admirable Bryden Thomson, Davis underlines the intensely personal nature of Elgar's inspiration, whilst at the same time doing full justice to this woefully underrated score's potent dreams and sanguine aspirations.

No grumbles, either, about any of the assorted fill-ups. The predominantly wistful atmosphere of the main work carries over into the two exquisitely wrought miniatures which comprise Dream children; Davis and the BBC orchestra capture their winsomely nostalgic mood to perfection, and prove to be no less affectionate advocates of the two Chansons and indestructible Salut d'amour. Similarly, both the Elegy and Sospiri find the BBC strings at their very finest, whilst these performers manage to extract hitherto unimaginable amounts of eloquence from the early Sursum corda for strings, brass and organ. Not for the first time in Teldec's British Line series, Tony Faulkner's sumptuous, yet clean sonics throughout come near to the ideal.

-- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone [2/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1. The Music Makers, Op. 69 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jean Rigby (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; England 
Language: English 
2. Elegy for Strings, Op. 58 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
3. Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
4. Sursum corda, Op. 11 "Elevation" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; England 
5. Dream Children, Op. 43 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 
6. Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
7. Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 no 1 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
8. Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 

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