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Elgar: Caractacus; Severn Suite / Judith Howarth, soprano; Arthur Davies, tenor; David Wilson-Johnson, baritone; Stephen Roberts, bass; Alastair Miles, bass

Notes & Reviews:

This release is a re-issue of a 1992 recording, when Richard Hickox was serving as Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Elgar wrote his Caractacus in 1898 for the Leeds Festival. The work shows his invention and orchestration skills, foreshadowing his most famous work, the Enigma Variations. A review by Gramophone asserted that "There can be nothing but praise for Richard Hickox's fluent, sensitive direction and enthusiastic, full-blooded backcloth provided by the LSO... A typically ripe, wide-ranging Chandos recording into the bargain."

MusicWeb International, 2nd November 2016
Another classic Hickox recording from the early '90s; an uneven work, but well worth hearing when done as brilliantly as this.

Sunday Times, 28th August 2016
The fine 1992 Richard Hickox recording (coupled with Severn Suite) is a welcome reissue. As Michael Kennedy says, the pastoral scenes are truly Elgarian.


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