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  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (31 July 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000GNOHKU
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Froissart Ouverture op.19 - May Song - Carissima - Romance pour basson & Orchestre op.62 - 3 Pièces charactéristiques op.10... / Preman Tilson (basson) - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, dir. James Judd

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Getting the right orchestral sound for Elgar is harder than it might seem. It is rare that a non-English orchestra does. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a marvelous group who seem to be making more recordings in recent years, does it well. They somehow get that Edwardian feel that American and especially Austro-German orchestras never quite manage. Listen, for instance, to the little string portamento at :40 of the 'Froissart Overture.' Marvelous. It's delicately done but still noticeable and precisely right. And they also don't overdo the trudging basses that can sound so heavy and heartless in less in-the-style orchestras. James Judd, of course, is a British conductor and that probably counts for a lot here.

Amazon has not, as of this review, listed the contents of the CD. They are:

Froissart Overture; May Song; Carissima; Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra, Op. 62 (Preman Tilson, bsn); Three Characteristic Pieces, Op. 10; Minuet, Op. 21; Chanson de Nuit & Chanson de Matin, Op. 15; Three Bavarian Dances.

None of these works, except for the familiar Froissart Overture, are terribly familiar to concert audiences (in the US, at least) nor is any (again excepting Froissart) longer than about five minutes long. They have more than a whiff of the salon about them, but there's nothing wrong with that, at least in Elgar's hands. Bassoonist Tilson makes a good case for the Romance, a piece I'd never encountered before. It's a lovely, songful piece written at the same time as the marvelous Violin Concerto. 'Carissima' was written in 1913 specifically for recording and understandably has a popular intent.

The Three Characteristic Pieces are 1) Mazurka, 2) Sérénade Mauresque, and 3) Contrasts: The Gavotte.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Orchestral Tidbits by Elgar 29 Aug. 2006
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Getting the right orchestral sound for Elgar is harder than it might seem. It is rare that a non-English orchestra does. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, a marvelous group who seem to be making more recordings in recent years, does it well. They somehow get that Edwardian feel that American and especially Austro-German orchestras never quite manage. Listen, for instance, to the little string portamento at :40 of the 'Froissart Overture.' Marvelous. It's delicately done but still noticeable and precisely right. And they also don't overdo the trudging basses that can sound so heavy and heartless in less in-the-style orchestras. James Judd, of course, is a British conductor and that probably counts for a lot here.

Amazon has not, as of this review, listed the contents of the CD. They are:
Froissart Overture; May Song; Carissima; Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra, Op. 62 (Preman Tilson, bsn); Three Characteristic Pieces, Op. 10; Minuet, Op. 21; Chanson de Nuit & Chanson de Matin, Op. 15; Three Bavarian Dances.

None of these works, except for the familiar Froissart Overture, are terribly familiar to concert audiences (in the US, at least) nor is any (again excepting Froissart) longer than about five minutes long. They have more than a whiff of the salon about them, but there's nothing wrong with that, at least in Elgar's hands. Bassoonist Tilson makes a good case for the Romance, a piece I'd never encountered before. It's a lovely, songful piece written at the same time as the marvelous Violin Concerto. 'Carissima' was written in 1913 specifically for recording and understandably has a popular intent.

The Three Characteristic Pieces are 1) Mazurka, 2) Sérénade Mauresque, and 3) Contrasts: The Gavotte. For some reason they are not played consecutively; the Minuet is played between 1) and 2). Sérénade Mauresque is no more Moorish than I am, and reminds one of Ketèlbey's 'oriental' concoctions. The Chansons de Nuit and de Matin are played in reverse order to that in which they are printed but rather in the order in which they were composed. They were originally violin/piano pieces but are more often heard in orchestral garb. Both have lovely, memorable melodies set in sweet harmonies. The Three Bavarian Dances were originally choral settings. The first, 'Dance', has its share of oompah basses; the second, subtitled 'Lullaby' is another sweet melody but with a genial skipping countermelody; the third, taken from the choral section called 'The Huntsman', imitates the sounds and rhythms of a shooting club contest. It's bracing and an exciting ending to this fine collection of miniatures.

Scott Morrison
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short pieces but well played and in good sound 24 April 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
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For listeners used to hearing only Sir Edward Elgar's big orchestral works--the First and Second Symphonies, the Pomp and Circumstance marches, the Enigma Variations, and the like--these orchestral miniatures might come as a delightful surprise. They may be short, but they are really quite sweet and enchanting.

Things begin with the Froissart Overture, written in 1890 and one of Elgar's first popular pieces. It has a nice, dashing swagger to it, inspired by some chivalric lines in a poem by Sir Walter Scott. Following that is a selection of tunes that remind one of the English romantic-pastoral tradition: May Song, Carissima, Three Characteristic Pieces, Chanson de Matin, and Chanson de Nuit. They are slow, lovely pieces with a certain quality of Delius about them.

The Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra is also charming, a work that exploits the poetic quality of the instrument. Then, things conclude in lively fashion with Three Bavarian Dances, which contrasts dramatically with the lyrical tone of most of the preceding pieces and provides a lively ending to the album.

Conductor James Judd makes the most of the music's varying moods, and he and his New Zealand Symphony Orchestra seem born to play the tunes. They treat the music affectionately, understandingly, generating a pleasant listening experience.

John J. Puccio
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 8 Dec. 2014
By jorge ransom h. - Published on Amazon.com
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"CHANSON DE NATIN" IS THE STAR OF THIS CD
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