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The 'Longed-for Light' (Elgar's Music in Wartime)

Edward Elgar , John Wilson , BBC Concert Orchestra , Simon Callow , Susan Gritton Audio CD
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  • Performer: Simon Callow, Susan Gritton
  • Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Wilson
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Somm Recordings
  • ASIN: B009MOIQ6U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Polonia, Op. 76BBC Concert Orchestra13:20Album Only
Listen  2. Carillon, Op. 75Simon Callow 8:27Album Only
Listen  3. Sospiri, Op. 70BBC Concert Orchestra 4:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Une voix dans le desert, Op. 77Susan Gritton11:04Album Only
Listen  5. CarissimaBBC Concert Orchestra 3:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Le drapeau belge, Op. 79Simon Callow 3:27£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. RosemaryBBC Concert Orchestra 3:28£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81BBC Concert Orchestra17:59Album Only
Listen  9. Sursum corda "Elevation", Op. 11BBC Concert Orchestra 8:39Album Only

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Elgar at long last 5 Dec 2012
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A well timed release of rare Elgar on a disc with very high production values. Elgar unlike fellow composers Vaughan Williams and Butterworth did not see the horrors of the First World War first hand but the impact of Europe tearing itself apart affected him deeply and prompted him to compose some deeply meaningful music to accompany the words of the Belgian poet Emile Cammaerts. Three such pieces are on this disc namely Carillon, Le Drapeau Belge and the poignant Une Voix dans le Desert. In the third piece the optimistic soprano solo beautifully sung by Susan Gritton (from within her cottage surrounded by the horrors of the battlefield) juxtaposed with Cammaerts description of reality wonderfully spoken with true feeling by Simon Callow is very moving.

These three serious pieces are joined by lighter compositions written during the war by Elgar for various projects and help to balance the content of this disc. The ballet "The Sanguine Fan" is light and tuneful. The early Surum Corda rounds off a perfect musical document to accompany the forthcoming centenary of the "War to end all Wars."

The BBC Concert Orchestra under John Wilson play for all they are worth, the recording is out of the top drawer and the booklet an object lesson to others. In short a must for all Elgarians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Elgar collectors. 13 Jan 2013
By pannie
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John wilson has brought together a wonderful collection of Elgars's little known or played music composed for the. 1914 - 1918 Great War. I think this is a great record to add to your collection with SImon Callow narrating the poetry he has set to music so beautifully. I think it will be very popular for the occasion of the Centenary next year
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little-Known Elgar on One Disc 9 April 2013
By Lee
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It has been very difficult to obtain a number of these items. The only collection I had was on a cassette many years ago abd I have been undable to find this material on one disc. This proves to be the exception. This is the first time that I have ever downloaded an item from the internet before- at least in MPs format - and I have been very leased with the result. These Elgar items were written during the First World War, mostly to support the struggle of small countries such as Belgium. They convey the sense of patriotism as well as pathos of the period and this album is a must for any true collector of Elgar's music.
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