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  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dutton Epoch
  • ASIN: B00CE98A34
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Israel Iskowitz on 17 Jun. 2013
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Listening to the music on this well-filled disc, one is reminded of various other composers such as Elgar, Strauss, Rachmaninov..not to mention a few less illustrious names; and yet D'Erlanger (who was a Baron and a successful banker as well as being a composer) manages to weld the disparate influences into well-crafted, effective (and affecting) music that shouldn't fail to appeal to all lovers of late-romantic orchestral music. The main work on the disc is the piano concerto, which, in its time was in the repertoire of such pianistic giants as Moiseiwitsch, Iturbi and Pouishnoff. Like the rest of the music on the disc it is expertly performed and recorded here. At times I felt I was listening to a concerto that might have been written for one of those gorgeous old black and white movies by a film composer of the highest quality, but then I have a weakness for that sort of thing and, if you have too, you will, doubtless, enjoy listening to this disc as much as I have done. I hope that some enterprising record company will record, one day, D'Erlanger's opera based on Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnston on 12 Aug. 2013
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just about know the composer's name, but when I heard Sursum Corda on an early morning Radio 3 programme I immediately warmed to this late Romantic elegantly crafted music. D'Erlanger was of mixed German/French parentage but long resident in London so Elgar, Massenet and Brahms are all influences.
Particularly at download price well worthe exploring
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Anyone put off by the idea of a dilettante composer should cast aside their prejudices now: This is an absolutely first rate CD.

Frederic d'Erlanger may have made his fortune as a banker, but he was also a stalwart supporter of the Arts, especially music, proving himself to be both willing and able to call upon his financial resources to support concerts and music-making. On the strength of the music on this disc, he was also a fine composer.

D'Erlanger's principle metier was Opera, including a `verismo' outing, in Italian, for Thomas Hardy's `Tess of the D'Urbevilles' (Tess), so to these ears at least, there's often Puccinian a timbre to the orchestral works, especially the wonderful `Prelude Romantique' (1934) which opens the CD: this has an epic sweep to it, beautiful orchestration, and satisfying melodic content.

What a pity d'Erlanger didn't manage a full-blown cello concerto. Here we have two lyrical slow movements, the `Andante Symphonique' of 1903 and the `Ballade' from 1926. Both demonstrate that he had considerable empathy with the instrument and understood its wistful qualities to the nth degree.

These are deeply felt movements which work beautifully- they are also more symphonic in their musical arguments than the Concerto Symphonique for Piano and Orchestra, which though it is distinctive in its themes and virtuoso in its writing does not, apart from its first movement, abide by symphonic development. It is still a work of considerable skill and genuine inspiration.

The prelude `Sursum Corda!' is by turns uplifting and nostalgic, and does not concede anything in inspiration to its more famous eponymous cousins by Elgar and Korngold.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Valentine 16 Dec. 2013
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Chide me if you must, but I am a sucker for this kind of music. The sentimentality to be found in the music of “Barron Freddy” would make Delius blush. It was the unabashedly romantic Violin Concerto and Poeme released on Hyperion that made me aware of this composer. There was more than a whiff of the cinematic side of Korngold – ironically, Korngold’s tenure at Warner Brothers did not occur until the mid-1930s, and all of the music that appears on this Dutton disc and the Hyperion was written before 1934. It would be a difficult argument, I believe, to convince anyone that d’Erlanger had some precognitive ability, but if you close your eyes, it isn’t a stretch to imagine Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland accompanied by these luscious scores.

I was hooked by the first bars of the Prelude Romantique, but it is not necessary for me to go piece by piece on this disc. The music has a dreamy melancholy that in no way seems pastoral or Impressionistic. Cynics will probably be amused by the pseudo-Chopin of the Concerto Symphonique, which easily could have understudied Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto; except for a few rash notes, pianist Victor Sangiorgio does a great job, and Guy Johnson is a first class cellist. Johannes Wildner embraces the sentiment without embarrassment and the BBC Concert Orchestra responds. And what a fine recording this is! If you can be moved by the sweetest of Elgar’s miniatures, you will find a lot of pleasure here.
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