Elgar - Caractacus, Severn Suite | Chandos - 2-4-1 CHAN24158

Elgar - Caractacus, Severn Suite

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Label: Chandos - 2-4-1

Cat No: CHAN24158

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th July 2016

Contents

Artists

Judith Howarth (soprano)
Arthur Davies (tenor)
David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)
Alastair Miles (bass)
Stephen Roberts (bass)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Richard Hickox

Works

Elgar, Edward

Caractacus, op.35
Severn Suite, op.87

Artists

Judith Howarth (soprano)
Arthur Davies (tenor)
David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)
Alastair Miles (bass)
Stephen Roberts (bass)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Richard Hickox

About

Re-issued from a 1992 recording, when Richard Hickox was Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, this Elgar’s Caractacus has much to offer.

The piece itself, which Elgar composed for the 1898 Leeds Festival, exudes his power of invention and luminous skills at orchestration, foreshadowing his next project, the masterful ‘Enigma’ Variations.

A Gramophone review affirmed that ‘There can be nothing but praise for Richard Hickox’s fluent, sensitive direction and the enthusiastic, full-blooded backcloth provided by the LSO. Bouquets, too, for the London Symphony Chorus whose terrific unanimity of attack, sensitivity to dynamics and wonderfully true intonation are something to marvel at. In the title-role David Wilson-Johnson makes a nobly sonorous showing, a pure-toned Judith Howarth is touchingly vulnerable as Caractacus’s daughter, Eigen, and Arthur Davies sings with unaffected sincerity in the part of Orbin, her minstrel lover. A typically ripe, wide-ranging Chandos recording into the bargain.’

Richly endowed with musical qualities, Richard Hickox was a great champion of neglected music in general, and of British music in particular. His sudden death in November 2008 robbed the world of a most vital, industrious, and energising musician, whose discographical legacy remains a treasure trove of the record catalogue. With the Richard Hickox Legacy we wish to express our gratitude to and appreciation of this great musical artist.

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