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Radio 3's 'Discs of the Week' from CD Review


Add to your library of Elgar's music with these two recommendations from CD review, which were the 'Discs of the Week'.

ELGAR Prelude and Angel’s Farewell from The Dream of Gerontius

Elgar’s own piano version (from CD entitled ‘Songs & Piano Music by Edward Elgar played on Elgar’s 1844 Broadwood Square Piano’ – including 7 Lieder; Sea Pictures, Op.37; Dream Children, Op.43 Nos.1 & 2 – piano solo; The Fringes of the Fleet – with chorus): Amanda Pitt (soprano), Mark Wilde (tenor), Peter Savidge (baritone), David Owen Norris (piano) AVIE AV2129 (2-CD)

ELGAR Sea Pictures (c/w Symphonies 1 & 2; Enigma Variations; Cello Concerto; Chanson de nuit; Chanson de matin; Elegy for String Orchestra; Overture ‘Cockaigne’; Froissart; Contrasts from Three Characteristic Pieces; Imperial March; In the South (Alassio); Serenade in E minor; Coronation March; Introduction and Allegro; The Sanguine Fan; Violin Concerto; Falstaff):

Dame Janet Baker (contralto), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor) (5-CD set also features performances conducted by Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Landon Ronald, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Georg Solti and Sir Charles Mackerras) LPO 0016-0020 (5-CD, budget)

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