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Elgar - Sea Pictures; The Music Makers [CD]

Edward Elgar, Simon Wright Audio CD
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  • Performer: Sarah Connolly, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Wright
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (30 Oct 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000JBWUOE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Music Makers, Op. 69: I. Introduction: Moderato 3:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Music Makers, Op. 69: II. We are the music makers 2:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Music Makers, Op. 69: III. With wonderful deathless ditties 1:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Music Makers, Op. 69: IV. We, in the ages lying 4:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Music Makers, Op. 69: V. A breath of our inspiration 4:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Music Makers, Op. 69: VI. They had no vision amazing 3:310.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Music Makers, Op. 69: VII. And therefore today is thrilling 4:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Music Makers, Op. 69: VIII. But We, With Our Dreaming And Singing 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Music Makers, Op. 69: IX. For we are afar with the dawning 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Music Makers, Op. 69: X. Great hail! We cry to the corners 8:53Album Only
Listen11. Sea Pictures, Op. 37: I. Sea Slumber-Song 5:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sea Pictures, Op. 37: II. In Haven (Capri) 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sea Pictures, Op. 37: III. Sabbath Morning at Sea 5:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sea Pictures, Op. 37: IV. Where Corals Lie 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sea Pictures, Op. 37: V. The Swimmer 5:580.79  Buy MP3 


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Sea Pictures - The Music Makers / Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano - Orchestre Symphonique de Bournemouth & Chœur, dir. Simon Wright

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first class Elgar disc. 28 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It was with some trepidation that I ordered this disc( even given it's extra budget price).
I wanted it mainly for the wonderful ""The Music Makers" one of Elgar's best (but somewhat unknown)works.
The disc also had (has) "Sea Pictures" on it,which I counted as a bonus,given that I have the definitive version with Janet Baker.
Now,"The Music Makers" on this disc is excellent.Clean,clear and conducted with true Elgarian spirit by Simon Wright,who I had never heard of before (but who I WILL look out for again).
What must be said is that the "Sea Pictures" is a real discovery.Yes,I have heard Sarah Connolly before(mostly in Handel) but never in Elgar.
She certainly equals (but does not outclass,nobody could do that) Janet Baker's version.
So, in conclusion,if you want "The Music Makers" combined with "Sea Pictures" featuring a great orchestra/chorus/conductor,and with a First Class Soloist,then at this price you would be mad not to buy it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Graham
Format:Audio CD
Over the past forty years or so any new recording of Sea Pictures has had to stand comparison with Dame Janet Baker's wonderful account with Sir John Barbirolli. If any recording could be described as definitive, then this is surely it! Since then there have been a number of fine performances committed to disc: Bernadette Greevy with Vernon Handley and Felicity Palmer with Richard Hickox for instance. Good though these are in their way, this latest recording from Sarah Connolly and Simon Wright is surely the finest since Dame Janet's. Here is Elgar singing of the highest order: beautiful, thrilling, dramatic and intelligent. Simon Wright's conducting is similarly distinguished and the recorded sound is wonderfully balanced and transparent.

Any new recording of The Music Makers also has to be compared to a classic from the 60's: Sir Adrian Boult's, also with Dame Janet Baker, singing as no one else could. As in Sea Pictures Connolly and Wright excel and this also must be counted as possibly the finest account since the classic Boult / Baker recording. Again the recorded sound is splendid.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable CD nearly up with the best 5 Jan 2011
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Two of my favourite Elgar pieces on the same CD with a good orchestra and for a bargin price - too good to be true?

No. A most enjoyable CD, not the utmost pinnacle in musical performance (try Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Adrian Boult, both with Dame Janet Baker). But a good performance none the less, excellent soloist (first time I've come across her in Elgar) and sensitive conducting make this a must have disk. The coupling of the these two items works well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elgar's my favourite! 23 April 2014
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Excellent CD delivered rapidly.Good music previously missing from my extensive Elgar CD collection.Have played it several times-proof of it's quality?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Pictures 17 Aug 2013
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Really I got this CD because of the recording of 'The Music Makers', which I had heard on the Proms some years ago, but Elgar being one of my favourite composers came up with this excellent recording of Sea Pictures which I really recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music 8 Aug 2013
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By far the best recording I have of this music. Much nicer to listen to than Janet Baker. Fabulous line in her voice
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