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Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Piano Quintet in A Minor; Sea Pictures / Rodolfus Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, English SO, Kenneth Woods

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84
>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"One of the most exciting events I have experienced during a reviewing career approaching half a century," was the verdict of the Birmingham Post's critic after hearing the premiere performance of Elgar's Piano Quintet in a new orchestration by Donald Fraser, with Kenneth Woods conducting the English Symphony Orchestra. This version, which was also named a "Premiere of the Year" by Classical Music magazine, appears in a studio recording alongside Fraser's choral arrangement of Elgar's Sea Pictures, with Woods conducting the English Chamber Orchestra and the Rodolfus Choir. Fraser has frequently orchestrated works by Elgar at the behest of individuals and organizations including Yehudi Menuhin and the Elgar Society.

Birmingham Post
A triumph in its recreation of Elgar's rich orchestral sound-world ... The ESO certainly played with an enthusiastic awareness that they were making history, and the devoted, unassuming Kenneth Woods conducted with an easy flexibility that recalled the work's chamber-music origins.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
Fraser hasn't just translated Elgar's notes into rich and powerful orchestral terms, he has added the kind of touches of colour and splashes of figuration Elgar himself might well have introduced... on its own terms it's beautifully realised, performed with warmth and understanding, and sympathetically recorded.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
To my ears Fraser's richly upholstered orchestration works a treat yet also manages to be astutely appreciative of the simmering passion and sense of loss that permeate this wistful creation... plaudits, too, for Woods's characteristically lucid and fervent performance with his own English Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday Times, 12th June 2016
Fraser's orchestration fills out Elgar's spare writing with great pomp and circumstance, and the finale sounds exhilaratingly Elgarian.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbey Road Studios, London (07/31/2013); Elgar Hall, Birmingham (07/31/2013); Abbey Road Studios, London (10/09/2015); Elgar Hall, Birmingham (10/09/2015).


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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 38 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37
  • Conductor: Kenneth Woods
  • Ensemble: Rodolfus Choir
  • Running Time: 20 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897-1899