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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Elgar enthusiasts, 7 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Elgar: Powick Asylum Music [Innovation Chamber Ensemble, Barry Collett] [Somm: SOMMCD 252] (Audio CD)
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
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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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Mr. Robert Griffiths "silas" (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Elgar: Powick Asylum Music [Innovation Chamber Ensemble, Barry Collett] [Somm: SOMMCD 252] (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Early Elgar, 14 July 2014
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Keith Braithwaite (Market Weighton UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Elgar: Powick Asylum Music [Innovation Chamber Ensemble, Barry Collett] [Somm: SOMMCD 252] (Audio CD)
This CD is a must for all lovers of Elgar. The music is refreshing and very tuneful, containing some previously unrecorded early Elgar pieces. Mr. Collett conducts with warmth and charm conveying is love for this music. The booklet notes are very interesting and provide good background to the pieces. I have the earlier Rutland Sinfonia cassette but this recording far surpasses it. Many thanks for providing us Elgarians with a superb disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown Elgar., 15 May 2014
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This review is from: Elgar: Powick Asylum Music [Innovation Chamber Ensemble, Barry Collett] [Somm: SOMMCD 252] (Audio CD)
Never heard of this one before - and I thought I'd heard most of his works. Not as loopy as it sounds given its titling. In fact, the livelier side of Elgar that is anything but manic! Go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rewarding curiosity., 23 April 2014
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An excellent performance of some light, entertaining and (given the composer) nevertheless significant music. A delight. Therapy for the modern listener, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars music to dance to!, 3 April 2014
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Early Elgar music, very light. Easy to imagine the asylum inmates dancing to this. Makes you smile. Perhaps move on to some later more serious works.
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