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Crown Of India - Sir Edward Elgar

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : The Crown of India, imperial masque in 2 tableaux for alto, bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 66
>Elgar, Edward : Imperial March, Op. 32
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation March, for orchestra, Op. 65
>Elgar, Edward : The British Empire March, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Chandos are delighted to present the first complete recording of the masque The Crown of India, performed here by Clare Shearer and Gerald Finley, with the BBC Philharmonic and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Completed by Anthony Payne in 2008 the work conveys all the pomp and pageantry with which Elgar is associated. The work is presented on 2 CDs. Disc 1 includes the entire masque with narration, whilst Disc 2 contains only the music and Marches. The set is sold at the price of one full price CD.

”Payne and the Elgar Society are to be commended for their work and Chandos for doing the recording up right: excellent sound and presentation, including extensive notes. I hope that many collectors will check out this release”-Fanfare

BBC Music Magazine
The music... is from start to finish authentic middling Elgar, highly enjoyable and well worth revival. Gerald Finley shines as St George in 'The Rule of England', however embarrassing the words. ... the remarkable 1911 Coronation March, perhaps the least joyous coronation march ever written, confirms itself in this performance as a masterpiece that is on a par with any movement from the symphonies.

Gramophone Magazine
Sir Andrew directs with contagious relish, no little charisma (witness the glinting spectacle of the "March of the Mogul Emperors") and instinctive ebb and flow, the BBC PO and Sheffield Philharmonic Choir acquitting themselves in kind with admirable skill and commitment. Both vocal soloists are excellent (Gerald Finley projects marvellously in "The Rule of England)... With its gloriously ample sonics and attractive artwork, this set should find favour with every Elgar devotee.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (06/19/2009-06/20/2009).



Reviews

A fascinating footnote
Although he wrote a number of songs, and the famous oratorios, Elgar did little vocal work for the stage. So this new complete version of the 'Crown of India' masque is a bonanza for fans of British music. The text is nothing great, and was slashed by the composer even as he was setting it, but he judged some of the music good enough to arrange a concert suite; the rest has disappeared till now. This recording offers the entire masque--a paean to The Empire which none but the most fervid Elgarian will play very often--and a second disc with the music cues only (also three lesser-known marches). Anthony Payne, a specialist in completing unfinished Elgar, has produced an orchestration for the movements not used in the suite. Gerald Finley speaks his one bit of verse nicely, and can make you believe every word of his grand solo. Clare Shearer, in the great tradition of British mezzos, utters lovely sounds, and makes utter mud of her words. The orchestra and chorus, under Sir Andrew Davis, perform with conviction, and the sound is fine. Not a musicological revelation, but some fun stuff.
Submitted on 11/30/09 by Jim D. 
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>Elgar, Edward : The Crown of India, imperial masque in 2 tableaux for alto, bass, chorus & orchestra, Op. 66
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (06/19/2009-06/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 55 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Elgar, Edward : Imperial March, Op. 32
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (06/19/2009-06/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1897

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation March, for orchestra, Op. 65
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (06/19/2009-06/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1911

>Elgar, Edward : The British Empire March, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (06/19/2009-06/20/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924