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Elgar: The Music Makers/The Spirit of England

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CHAN 5215
 
Elgar: The Music Makers/The Spirit of England
Release Date: November 2018
Originally recorded in 2018
Composer
Sir Edward Elgar
Solo mezzo-soprano *
Dame Sarah Connolly
Solo tenor †
Andrew Staples
Choral
BBC Symphony Chorus
Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis
Producer
Brian Pidgeon
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (assistant)
Jonathan Cooper
Engineer (assistant)
Rosanna Fish
Venue 14 and 15 April 2018
Watford Colosseum
Genre:
Vocal & Song
Orchestral & Concertos

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SIR EDWARD ELGAR

The Music Makers, Op.69 (1912) *

Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy
for Contralto Solo, Chorus, and Orchestra
To my friend Nicholas Kilburn
1.
Moderato e nobilmente - Tranquillo e cantabile - Tempo I - Più tranquillo -
3:21
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Chorus: 'We are the music makers'. Larghetto - Come prima -
1:59
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Chorus: 'With wonderful deathless ditties'. Allegro - Animato -
1:47
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Chorus: 'We, in the ages lying'. Allegretto - Maestoso - (Giocoso) -
3:29
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Chorus: 'A breath of our inspiration'. Molto tranquillo -
4:04
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Contralto: 'They had no vision amazing'. Lento, quasi recitativo -
3:20
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Contralto and Chorus: 'And therefore to-day is thrilling'. Allegro molto - Maestoso -
4:42
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Chorus: 'But we, with our dreaming and singing'. Andantino -
5:44
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Chorus: 'For we are afar with the dawning'. Come prima -
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Contralto: ;Great hail! we cry to the comers'. Allegro - Andantino - Poco più mosso -
8:17
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Chorus: 'Oh men! it must ever be'. [Poco più mosso] -

The Spirit of England, Op.80 (1915-17) †

Three Poems by Laurence Binyon
for Tenor or Soprano Solo, Chorus, and Orchestra
My portion of this work I dedicate to the memory of our glorious men,
with a special thought for the WORCESTERS.
1916 Edward Elgar
10.
I
The Fourth of August
6:53
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Moderato e maestoso -
'Now in thy splendour go before us'. Grandioso -
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II
To Women
5:51
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'Your hearts are lifted up'. Moderato -
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III
For the Fallen
12:21
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'With proud thanksgiving'. Solenne -
'Death august and royal'. Nobilmente -
Total time: 61:56
Solo: Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano *
Solo: Andrew Staples tenor †
Choral: BBC Symphony Chorus
Neil Ferris chorus master
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Igor Yuzefovich leader
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

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