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

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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 (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Polonia, Op. 76
  2. Carillon, Op. 75
  3. Sospiri, Op. 70
  4. Une Voix Dans Le Desert, Op. 77
  5. Carissima
  6. Le Drapeau Belge, Op. 79
  7. Rosemary
  8. The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81
  9. Sursum Corda, Op. 11

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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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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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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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Enjoyed by receipient of gift. CD was something new and pleased a collector of all things Elgar. Item was received very quickly.
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