Elgar - Falstaff, Orchestral Songs, etc. | Chandos CHSA5188

Elgar - Falstaff, Orchestral Songs, etc.


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5188

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 27th October 2017



Sir Andrew Davis takes his multi-award-winning Elgar discography to the next level with breathtaking interpretations of Falstaff, Elgar’s most accomplished and characteristic work, and several orchestral songs, with exemplary support from the BBC Philharmonic, all recorded in surround-sound.

Owing to its technical challenges and more complex harmonic language, the composer always had a high opinion of Falstaff, saying that he had enjoyed writing it ‘more than any other music I have ever composed and perhaps for that reason it may prove to be among my best efforts’. His earlier music for Grania and Diarmid pays tribute to the Irish legend of Diarmuid and Gráinne; the Funeral March is probably Elgar’s noblest creation, and echoes the popular Pomp and Circumstance Marches.

The various less well-known songs, given heroic interpretations by the baritone Roderick Williams OBE, span the multiple facets of Elgar’s style, from the stern and dramatic impressions of Op.60 to the satirical and impish jollity of ‘Kindly do not SMOKE’.


This is Andrew Davis’s third recording of Elgar’s Falstaff. It is, not to beat about the bush, a superbly perceptive traversal, evincing a strength of purpose, emotional candour and meticulous attention to detail that give it the edge over its notable predecessors featuring the New Philharmonia and BBC SO. ... Elsewhere, the baritone Roderick Williams is at his eloquent best in an attractive selection of orchestral songs...  Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone January 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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