Elgar - The Spirit of England, Carillon, etc | Somm SOMMCD255

Elgar - The Spirit of England, Carillon, etc

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Label: Somm

Cat No: SOMMCD255

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th September 2014

Contents

Artists

Judith Howarth (soprano)
Simon Callow (narrator)
London Symphony Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra
Orchestra of St Paulís

Conductors

John Wilson
Ben Palmer

Works

Elgar, Edward

Arthur: complete incidental music
Carillon, op.75
The Spirit of England, op.80
With Proud Thanksgiving

Artists

Judith Howarth (soprano)
Simon Callow (narrator)
London Symphony Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra
Orchestra of St Paulís

Conductors

John Wilson
Ben Palmer

About

ĎFor the Fallen has always seemed to me to have in its opening bars a personal tenderness and grief, in the grotesque march, an agony of distortion, and in the final sequences a ring of genuine splendourí. These words, written by Benjamin Britten, emphasise the importance of this new release by Somm.

The Spirit of England and With Proud Thanksgiving make a poignant backdrop to our commemoration of the anniversary of World War I. In addition, the complete incidental music to Binyon's play Arthur from 1923 is recorded for the first time. Simon Callow's recitation of Carillon in Binyonís setting from 1942 provides a perfect post-script - a moving piece in which the poet longs for peace in a later war.

Laurence Binyon (1869Ė1943) is known today for one famous verse from ĎFor the Fallení (They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old...), the complete poem being the most substantial part of Elgarís The Spirit of England, the other two poems being ĎThe Fourth of Augustí and ĎTo Womení. In 1920 Elgar arranged 'For the Fallen' as With Proud Thanksgiving for Choir and Military Band. It was intended that this should be sung at the unveiling of the cenotaph on 11 November. In the event it was not used. This recording is of Elgarís orchestration.

For Binyonís verse play ĎArthurí from 1923, Elgar wrote music for the fourteen members of the pit band of the Old Vic. The play tells of King Arthurís last days and is the first recording of the complete music for the play in Elgarís original orchestration that has been edited by the conductor Ben Palmer.

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