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Elgar: Powick Asylum Music [Innovation Chamber Ensemble, Barry Collett] [Somm: SOMMCD 252]

Innovation Chamber Ensemble , Edward Elgar , Barry Collett Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Barry Collett
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Somm
  • ASIN: B00I5302K2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The performances by the Innovation Chamber Ensemble are uniformly excellent under Barry Collett, to whom we owe the revival of this music, given in good period style. This is a fascinating issue which sheds further light on the evolution of a great composer and it is strongly recommended. --IRR, May'14

Throughout the miniatures of this CD we acquire fascinating glimpses of Elgar's cosmopolitan outlook…beautifully played by the innovation Chamber Ensemble, who genuinely capture the spirit of this (music). --Gramophone, June'14

Barry Collett has been in the forefront of the revival of this repertoire, and the Innovation Chamber Ensemble play with gusto and empathy. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, July'14

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Elgar enthusiasts 7 Mar 2014
By Frybone
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This disc is further testimony to the excellent work of Barry Collett in getting 'forgotten' Elgar repertoire not only performed but recorded. The recording itself is excellent, with the players of the Innovation Ensemble doing full justice to the pieces.

While most of the disc concerns the Powick music, there are some delightful 'extras', including a Duett for double bass and trombone, a Fugue for oboe and violin, and an Andante & Allegro for oboe and string trio - all written by the youthful Elgar for performance by various friends and family. To accompany the recording, there is a high-quality booklet with photographs and excellent notes by Andrew Lyle.

This is not great music and no one is claiming it to be, but it is tuneful, skillfully written and easy to listen to. For the Elgar enthusiast it provides an interesting insight to the composer who, denied the financial resources to study abroad, learned his trade in and around provincial Worcester - 'from the ground up'.

The nature of the Powick music, written for the Patients' Friday Dances, means there is much similarity of tempo - on a disc with (for example) twenty five Quadrilles, this is only to be expected. With this in mind, I suggest disc is best listened to in sections rather than at one sitting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elgar: Powick Asylum Music 2 Jun 2014
By Kath
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This was chosen for my husband. It is one of the most uplifting CD's we have listened to. It lasts absolutely ages and is perfect for any long motorway journey. Young children will love the rhythms especially the tracks towards the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elgar - Powick Asylum 20 May 2014
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A fascinating glimpse into the young Elgar, demonstrating a very different style to his later, definitive works. Very tuneful, yet simple, with occasional phrases which suggest Sullivan, Mendelssohn or Brahms as influences on his development. I like the music and feel it has given me a much more rounded perception of Elgar and his background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the Elgar fan!! 30 July 2014
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I don't generally supply product reviews, but for this I am making an exception.

This is an excellently produced purchase, well-performed, with excellent, comprehensive liner notes.

As a piece of musical archaeology, this is highly informative in the evolution of the enigma that was Elgar. To boot, many of these pieces have never been recorded before and give a great insight into Elgarian juvenilia.

So, for the listener who claims to "like" Elgar, this is a must!
Oh, and oboe fans will be quite pleased too....!!
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