Elgar - The Spanish Lady, Severn Suite, etc. | Dutton - Epoch CDLX7363

Elgar - The Spanish Lady, Severn Suite, etc.

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Label: Dutton - Epoch

Cat No: CDLX7363

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 24th May 2019

Contents

Artists

Christopher Nickol (organ)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Conductor

Martin Yates

Works

Elgar, Edward

Civic Fanfare
Organ Sonata no.1, op.28 (arr. for orchestra)
Severn Suite, op.87
The Spanish Lady: Suite, op.89

Artists

Christopher Nickol (organ)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Conductor

Martin Yates

About

This disc contains four works that have evolved from Elgarís original versions. The two works wholly from Elgarís pen are the Severn Suite, commissioned for the 1930 National Brass Band Championships, which Elgar arranged for orchestra the following year; and Civic Fanfare, commissioned for the 1927 Three Choirs Festival. Perhaps best known for its unusual orchestration and convoluted history, recent research has shown the fanfareís oral history to be substantially wide of the mark. This disc contains all three versions handed down to us, which allow the keen-eared to appreciate how Elgar developed the work in the six weeks from commission to first performance. The Organ Sonata, written for a convention of American organists visiting Worcester in 1895, was orchestrated by Gordon Jacob in 1946, and in this form brings out the full splendour of Elgarís original. But the real discovery is Martin Yatesís symphonic suite on themes from Elgarís unfinished opera The Spanish Lady. Who knows how Elgar may have reworked the sketches and fragments he had assembled for the opera by his death; but one can only hope it would have been as Elgarian as the work Yates presents us with here.

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