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Elgar: The Music Makers/The Spirit of England

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CHSA 5215
 
Elgar: The Music Makers/The Spirit of England
Release Date: November 2018
Originally recorded in 2018
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
2.
Chorus: 'We are the music makers'. Larghetto - Come prima -
1:59
3.
Chorus: 'With wonderful deathless ditties'. Allegro - Animato -
1:47
4.
Chorus: 'We, in the ages lying'. Allegretto - Maestoso - (Giocoso) -
3:29
5.
Chorus: 'A breath of our inspiration'. Molto tranquillo -
4:04
6.
Contralto: 'They had no vision amazing'. Lento, quasi recitativo -
3:20
7.
Contralto and Chorus: 'And therefore to-day is thrilling'. Allegro molto - Maestoso -
4:42
8.
Chorus: 'But we, with our dreaming and singing'. Andantino -
5:44
Chorus: 'For we are afar with the dawning'. Come prima -
9.
Contralto: ;Great hail! we cry to the comers'. Allegro - Andantino - Poco più mosso -
8:17
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
Moderato e maestoso -
'Now in thy splendour go before us'. Grandioso -
11.
II
To Women
5:51
'Your hearts are lifted up'. Moderato -
12.
III
For the Fallen
12:21
'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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