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CHAN 241-58
Multiple Set of 2 CDs
Elgar - Caractacus / Severn Suite
Release Date: August 2016
Originally recorded in 1992
Composer
Sir Edward Elgar
Solo soprano
Judith Howarth
Solo tenor
Arthur Davies
Solo baritone
David Wilson-Johnson
Solo bass
Stephen Roberts
Solo bass
Alistair Miles
Choral
London Symphony Chorus
Conductor
Richard Hickox
Producer
Brian Couzens
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (Assistant)
Peter Newble
Venue 26-28, 30 & 31 October 1992
All Saints' Church, Tooting, London
Genre:
Orchestral & Concertos
Choir

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SIR EDWARD ELGAR

Caractacus, Op.35 (1898)

101:35
Cantata in Six Scenes for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Chorus and Orchestra
Libretto by Harry Arbuthnot Acworth (1849-1933)
Total time: 22:58
1.
Chorus: 'Watchmen, alert!' -
5:49
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2.
Caractacus: 'Watchmen, alert! the King is here' -
6:13
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with Sentries
3.
Eigen: 'Father!... Sire and King' -
2:22
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with Caractacus, Orbin, Sentries
4.
Eigen: 'At eve to the greenwood, we wander'd away' -
2:45
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5.
Orbin: 'On the ocean and the river' -
2:41
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with Caractacus, Eigen
6.
Spirits of the Hill: 'Rest, weary monarch'
3:07
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with Sentries
Total time: 23:54
7.
Arch-Druid: 'Tread the mystic circle round' -
4:53
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with Druids, Druid Maidens
8.
Arch-Druid, Druids, Druid Maidens: 'Lord of dread and lord of pow'r' -
2:36
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9.
Arch--Druid: 'Bard, what read ye in the field...?'-
8:00
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with Orbin, Chorus, Druids, Druid Maidens, Caractacus
10.
Caractacus: 'Leap to light, my brand of fight' -
5:19
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with Soldiers, Orbin, Druids, Arch-Druid
11.
Druids, Druid Maidens: 'Hence, ere the Druid's wrath is woke'
3:05
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with Orbin, Soldiers
Total time: 14:24
12.
Introduction 'Woodland Interlude' (Orchestra) -
1:59
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13.
Chorus: 'Come! beneath our woodland bow'rs' -
1:14
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14.
Eigen: 'O'er-arch'd by leaves the streamlet weaves' -
3:43
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with Orbin
15.
Orbin: 'last night beneath the sacred Oak' -
1:43
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16.
Chorus: 'Come! beneath our woodland bow'rs'
5:43
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with Orbin, Eigen
Total time: 11:48
17.
Maidens: 'Wild rumours shake our calm retreat' -
2:30
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18.
Eigen: 'When the glow of the evening had died from the hill' -
2:34
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with Maidens
19.
Soldiers: 'We were gather'd by the river' -
2:22
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20.
Caractacus, Chorus: 'O my warriors, tell me truly'
4:21
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Scene 5. The Severn
21.
Druid Maidens: 'Captive Britons, see them! Hark' -
4:22
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with A Bard
Total time: 23:54
22.
Processional Music (Orchestra) -
7:17
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Chorus: 'The march triumphal thunders' -
23.
Claudius: 'Unbind his hands, silence the trumpets' -
1:11
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24.
Caractacus: 'Heap torment upon torment, woe on woe' -
4:41
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with Eigen, Orbin
25.
Chorus: 'Slay the Briton' -
0:35
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with Claudius
26.
Caractacus: 'I plead not for myself' -
2:41
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with Orbin, Eigen, Chorus, Claudius
27.
Eigen, Orbin, Caractacus: 'Grace from the Roman!' -
2:33
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28.
Chorus: 'The clang of arms is over'
4:53
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Severn Suite, Op.87 (1930)

18:02
for Brass Band
Orchestrated 1931-32 by the Composer
29.
I
Introduction. Worcester Castle. Pomposo -
2:35
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30.
II
Toccata. Tournament. Allegro molto -
3:57
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31.
III
Fugue. The Cathedral. Andante -
4:03
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32.
IV
Minuet. Commandery. Moderato -
5:12
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33.
V
Coda. Lento
2:14
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Total time: 119:13
Solo: Judith Howarth soprano
Solo: Arthur Davies tenor
Solo: David Wilson-Johnson baritone
Solo: Stephen Roberts bass
Solo: Alistair Miles bass
Stephen Westrop - chorus master
Conductor: Richard Hickox

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SIR EDWARD ELGAR

Caractacus, Op.35 (1898)

101:35
Cantata in Six Scenes for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Chorus and Orchestra
Libretto by Harry Arbuthnot Acworth (1849-1933)
COMPACT DISC ONE
Total time: 22:58
1.
Chorus: 'Watchmen, alert!' -
5:49
2.
Caractacus: 'Watchmen, alert! the King is here' -
6:13
with Sentries
3.
Eigen: 'Father!... Sire and King' -
2:22
with Caractacus, Orbin, Sentries
4.
Eigen: 'At eve to the greenwood, we wander'd away' -
2:45
5.
Orbin: 'On the ocean and the river' -
2:41
with Caractacus, Eigen
6.
Spirits of the Hill: 'Rest, weary monarch'
3:07
with Sentries
Total time: 23:54
7.
Arch-Druid: 'Tread the mystic circle round' -
4:53
with Druids, Druid Maidens
8.
Arch-Druid, Druids, Druid Maidens: 'Lord of dread and lord of pow'r' -
2:36
9.
Arch--Druid: 'Bard, what read ye in the field...?'-
8:00
with Orbin, Chorus, Druids, Druid Maidens, Caractacus
10.
Caractacus: 'Leap to light, my brand of fight' -
5:19
with Soldiers, Orbin, Druids, Arch-Druid
11.
Druids, Druid Maidens: 'Hence, ere the Druid's wrath is woke'
3:05
with Orbin, Soldiers
Total time: 14:24
12.
Introduction 'Woodland Interlude' (Orchestra) -
1:59
13.
Chorus: 'Come! beneath our woodland bow'rs' -
1:14
14.
Eigen: 'O'er-arch'd by leaves the streamlet weaves' -
3:43
with Orbin
15.
Orbin: 'last night beneath the sacred Oak' -
1:43
16.
Chorus: 'Come! beneath our woodland bow'rs'
5:43
with Orbin, Eigen
Total time: 61:12
 
 
 
COMPACT DISC TWO
Total time: 11:48
1.
Maidens: 'Wild rumours shake our calm retreat' -
2:30
2.
Eigen: 'When the glow of the evening had died from the hill' -
2:34
with Maidens
3.
Soldiers: 'We were gather'd by the river' -
2:22
4.
Caractacus, Chorus: 'O my warriors, tell me truly'
4:21
Scene 5. The Severn
5.
Druid Maidens: 'Captive Britons, see them! Hark' -
4:22
with A Bard
Total time: 23:54
6.
Processional Music (Orchestra) -
7:17
Chorus: 'The march triumphal thunders' -
7.
Claudius: 'Unbind his hands, silence the trumpets' -
1:11
8.
Caractacus: 'Heap torment upon torment, woe on woe' -
4:41
with Eigen, Orbin
9.
Chorus: 'Slay the Briton' -
0:35
with Claudius
10.
Caractacus: 'I plead not for myself' -
2:41
with Orbin, Eigen, Chorus, Claudius
11.
Eigen, Orbin, Caractacus: 'Grace from the Roman!' -
2:33
12.
Chorus: 'The clang of arms is over'
4:53

Severn Suite, Op.87 (1930)

18:02
for Brass Band
Orchestrated 1931-32 by the Composer
13.
I
Introduction. Worcester Castle. Pomposo -
2:35
14.
II
Toccata. Tournament. Allegro molto -
3:57
15.
III
Fugue. The Cathedral. Andante -
4:03
16.
IV
Minuet. Commandery. Moderato -
5:12
17.
V
Coda. Lento
2:14
Total time: 58:01
Solo: Judith Howarth soprano
Solo: Arthur Davies tenor
Solo: David Wilson-Johnson baritone
Solo: Stephen Roberts bass
Solo: Alistair Miles bass
Stephen Westrop - chorus master
Conductor: Richard Hickox




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