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5.0 out of 5 stars Unworthy Bewilderment Suspended., 20 July 2011
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This review is from: Elgar/Vaughan Williams: String Orchestra Works (Audio CD)
I bought this C.D. as a result of recommendations concerning the 'Fantasia on a theme by
Thomas Tallis'. However, it is the Elgar interpretations which leave me with the
greatest impression. I am famillar with the Elgar symphonies and concertos which,
on the whole I can take or Leave depending on my mood. But the music on this disc has
an altogether greater quality, a quality that tends to go beyond insular and
nationalistic considerations and touches a kind of sensitive artistic soul,
a soul yearning for profundity amidst a sea of decadent realism.

Each track on this disc comes across as a first-class recording.
pride of place has to go to track 6- 'Sospiri', a sumlime mixture of serenity
and longing, as well as a fine example of understated musical achievement.
Indeed, the whole C.D. is testimony to understated English musical creativity,
refuting the notion of 'A Land Without Music'.

A great recording then from a golden age of great recordings, highlighting
the fact that the 18th Century does not have a complete monopoly in regard to
musical sublimeness and abstract artistic divinity. That said, this disc of
English String Music reflects a kind of mortal sublimeness as opposed to the
greatest 18th Century music where sublime musical form goes well beyond mortal
understanding. This state of affairs could well explain the appeal of this disc:
a disc full of serine beauty which conects with the human heart in a purely human
manner which enables a listener to enter into the music without a feeling of
unworthy bewilderment.

All in all then a great recording with first-class sound and a must for any keen
music lover.
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