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Elgar: Choral Works Box set

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  • Performer: London Philharmonic Choir, Cambridge King's College Choir
  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
  • Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000I0SGXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (Moderato e nobilmente)
  2. We are the music makers
  3. With wonderful deathless ditties
  4. We, in the ages lying
  5. A breath of our inspiration
  6. They had no vision amazing*
  7. And therefore to-day is thrilling*
  8. But we, with our dreaming and singing
  9. For we are afar with the dawning
  10. Great hail! we cry to the comers*
  11. Prelude
  12. Jesu Maria, I am near to death (Gerontius)
  13. Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
  14. Rouse thee, my fainting soul (Gerontius)
  15. Be merciful, be gracious (Chorus)
  16. Sanctus fortis, Santus Deus (Gerontius)
  17. I can no more; for now it comes again (Gerontius)
  18. Rescue him, O Lord (Chorus)
  19. Novissima hora est (Gerontius)
  20. Proficiscere, anima Christiana (Priest)
  21. Go in the name of Angels (Chorus)

Disc: 2

  1. I went to sleep (soul of Gerontius)
  2. My work is done (Angel)
  3. All hail! My child(Soul, Angel)
  4. Low-born clods of brute earth (Chorus)
  5. It is the restless panting of their being (Angel)
  6. The mind bold and independent (Chorus)
  7. I see not those false spirits (Soul, Angel)
  8. Praise to the Holiest (Chorus)
  9. The sound is like the rushing of the wind (Soul)
  10. Glory to Him (Chorus)
  11. They sing of thy approaching agony (Angel, Soul)
  12. But hark! a grand mysterious harmony (Soul)
  13. And now the threshold (Angel)
  14. Praise to the Holiest (Chorus)
  15. Thy judgement now is near (Angel, Soul)
  16. Jesu! by that shuddering dread (Angel)
  17. Be merciful, be gracious (Chorus)
  18. Praise to his name! (Angel)
  19. Take me away (Soul)
  20. Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Chorus)
  21. Softly and gently (Angel)

Disc: 3

  1. Prologue
  2. And it came to pass in those days (tenor)
  3. The Dawn
  4. Morning Psalm
  5. The Lord hath chosen them (chorus)
  6. II: By the Wayside
  7. And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples (tenor)
  8. In the Tower of Magdala
  9. This shall ye have of mine hand (Mary Magdalene)
  10. When Jesus came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi (tenor)
  11. And I will give unto thee (Jesus)
  12. Turn you to the stronghold (chorus)

Disc: 4

  1. Introduction
  2. And now it came to pass (tenor)
  3. Then gathered the Chief Priests and Pharisees (chorus)
  4. Hail, Master! (Judas)
  5. Then Judas, which had betrayed him (contralto)
  6. Without the temple
  7. V: Golgotha
  8. VI: At the Sepulchre
  9. We trusted that it had been He (The Apostles)
  10. Give us one heart (The Apostles)
  11. General Introduction
  12. Introduction to The Apostles and The Kingdom
  13. Motto Themes used for The Principal Characters: Jesus Christ/ Christ, the Man of Sorrows
  14. The Spirit of the Lord
  15. Christ's Loneliness
  16. The Beatitudes
  17. Judas
  18. St Peter
  19. Motto themes used for Abstract Ideas: The Gospel
  20. The Church
  21. The Fellowship of the Apostles
  22. Three Motto themes only used in The Kingdom. The New Faith (i.e. Christianity)
  23. In the name of Jesus Christ
  24. The Real Presence (i.e. Christ)
  25. Motto theme quoted from The Light of Life
  26. Motto theme quoted from The Dream of Gerontius

Disc: 5

  1. Prelude
  2. Seek first the Kingdom of God
  3. Men and brethen
  4. O ye priests!
  5. The singers are before the altar
  6. And when the day of Pentecost
  7. And suddenly there came from heaven
  8. Repent and be baptised

Disc: 6

  1. Then they that gladly received his word
  2. And as they spake ..... The sun goeth down
  3. The voice of joy
  4. Thou, Almighty Lord
  5. Our Father
  6. I. Crown the King
  7. IIa. The Queen
  8. IIb. Daughter of ancient Kings
  9. III. Britain, ask of thyself
  10. IV. Hark, upon the hallowed air...Only let the heart be pure
  11. V. Peace, gentle Peace
  12. VI. Land of hope and glory

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By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2007
This 6 CD collection from EMI Classics was released in 2006 to coincide nicely with the 150th anniversary (in 2007) of Elgar's birth in 1857. Elgar wrote some dozen or so oratorios, odes and cantatas for soloists, choir and orchestra, and five of these are represented in this set.

These works are played in their entirety, which I think adds great value to the music. I personally like listening to a composer's complete composition, rather than the most popular highlight from the piece, for it often gives a greater appreciation and understanding of the music.

Conductor Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) directs all of the works on this collection, as seems fitting considering his thirty year acquaintance with Elgar. Boult was a great supporter of Elgar's music and made many recordings of the composer's works, often revisiting them as recording techniques improved during the 20th Century.

All the works are performed by just two orchestras, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Philharmonic Orchestra, which gives a uniformity and consistency to the set. The vocal sections are by various choirs and soloists, including one of my favourites, the English soprano Janet Baker (she's brilliant, I'm biased).

A nice bonus is the inclusion of a 25 minute narration by Sir Adrian Boult providing an insight to two of the main works on these CDs, `The Apostles' and `The Kingdom'. Included too is a 14 page booklet (10 in English) giving full details of performers, recording dates and venues, in addition to some history of Elgar's music.

This set offers a great opportunity to discover some of Elgar's best compositions.
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This extraordinary set of Elgar's choral works, all conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, is one of my best buys. It's remarkable value - a six CD set for a mere £9.99 at the time of writing. The quality of both performnces and recording is exceptional and the range of the works covered is comprehensive. Boult's spoken introduction to The Apostles and The Kingdom, full of musical examples, is an added bonus and of great interest.
There is some wonderful music - I would have bought this simply to hear the late Margaret Price singing 'The Sun Goeth Down' in The Kingdom - it's a revelation. Gerontius is given a fine performance, though Helen Watts, good as she is,can't match Janet Baker's singing of the Angel (and sadly no top A in the climax of the part) but at least we have Baker giving her usual rounded performance in The Music Makers.
Boult was a great champion of Elgar's music. The warmth, depth and clarity of the recordings here are a fine tribute both to Boult and to the composer who owes so much to him. Highy recommended.
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Elgar is an English composer of stature and importance, and this box set gives an opportunity to experience his lyric genius in choral work as well as in the more familiar Enigma Variations, and other 'public' pieces.
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