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Elgar: Black Knight (The) / Scenes From the Bavarian Highlands
 
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Elgar: Black Knight (The) / Scenes From the Bavarian Highlands

1 Feb 1996 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Feb 1996
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Chandos
  • Total Length: 1:01:15
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  • ASIN: B001MVV5LO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,881 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2006
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It is not widely known that Elgar's real genious shines in his choral works. Black Knight and From Bavarian Highlands on this disc are good example that Elgar never wrote a note unless moved by inspiration, as he used to say, "Music is in the air." Both works are full of inspired melodies and harmonies, and the more you listen the more you discover Elgar's originality and rare gift to breath life into music. Most beautifully sung and played with warmth and sincerity. Highly recommendable along side Elgar's most amazing cantata Caractacus, Light of Life and part songs from the same label. Good start to explore Elgar's choral works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. G. Sheath on 3 Aug 2012
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I bought this to inspie me as I was singing it in the summer with my choir and just piano. I loved this CD. Full orchestra and marvellous sound. Words are dreadful and storyline dire, but you can't have everything
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Enjoyable performances of both pieces, looking forward to 'Caractacus' and the great religious pieces: 'Gerontius', 'The Apostles' and 'The Kingdom'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not the best of Elgar's compositions, but they certainly aren't bad either 18 Nov 2008
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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Elgar's cantata/choral symphony "The Black Knight" has that medieval, cinematic feel that's not quite found in other more famous works like his "Cello Concerto" and "Enigma Variations". It's a 36-minute piece that tells of a jousting during Pentecost. A mysterious black knight (no, not the one with a flesh wound) is undefeated and arrives at a royal feast. But everything he see and touches die (including the King's children), and the king has "nothing left to live for". It's a sad story, but the music doesn't seem to make it sad.

"Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands" has the typical German atmosphere. It's sometimes cheery and lyrical and heavenly, but it's always romantic throughout. My favorite segments are "Lullaby" and "The Marksmen" simply because they're the most compelling in the piece.

Richard Hickox, one of my favorite English conductors, does well here with the London Symphony Orchestra. He takes it all straightforward, never losing track of the overall structure of the two scores. And that makes this essential since there aren't that many recordings of "Black Knight" and "Bavarian Highlands" around. The orchestra is great, also. Woodwinds and strings have it good. The brass could've improved a bit, but they impress me nonetheless.

I seirously recommend this CD to any Elgar fan that's out there (or any classical fan in general). Grade: A-
overblown choral sound, interesting music 7 Jun 2013
By Stanley Crowe - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know quite what's the matter here. Is the choral writing the problem, or have the Chandos engineers failed to do it justice? Whatever it is, when the chorus sings at mezza-forte and above, there's a loss of definition: the words are indecipherable in a big wash of sound. Could it be that the Chorus is simply too large? Or does it need to sing with more precise focus? I'm tempted to say that if Orff's "Carmina Burana" is recordable, this should be too. But even following along with a text (in English!), I get lost.

That's a pity, for the music is engaging and lively. The part that works best, I think, is the section called "The Dance" in which the Black Knight dances his "measure weird and dark" (Longfellow's text) with the King's daughter, and all her floral garlands fade. Here the Chorus sings softly, and the words are audible, and Elgar's setting and orchestration are creepily effective. In fact, the music as such is effective throughout, although the setting of the opening ("'Twas Pentecost") is a bit square. The other item on this disc is a setting of six pretty vapid poems by Alice Elgar under the title "Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands." The music is much better than the poetry, but again, the Chorus is incomprehensible in the louder moments. Chandos sound is usually good -- here it has presence and richness but lacks definition in the choral parts.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Elgar Compositions 26 Jan 2008
By Philip Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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These two compositions are simply terrific. They immediately become some of my favorite Elgar works. In addition, the performers are wonderful and the recording is excellent.
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Elgar's setting of Longfellow's The Black Knight 3 Feb 2009
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
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The Longfellow Chorus, this being the 202nd anniversary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's birth and the third year of the Chorus, will sing The Black Knight in concert at the end of February. It was great to find the piece on CD. Aside from listening to it for pleasure, we are (as good choristers do) using the recording to learn our parts. Longfellow was the 'rock star' of his time, and well-known here in the US and abroad. The fun part of singing settings of his work is getting acquainted with many composers' efforts, both established and well-known, as Elgar, and not so well-known, as those composers from across the world who create works expressly for the Longfellow Chorus Competition.
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