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Elgar: The Music Makers, Op. 69 – The Spirit of England, Op. 80

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Chorus, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Staples

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The Music Makers, Op. 69  
1
Introduction
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:21
2
We Are the Music Makers
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:59
3
With Wonderful Deathless Ditties
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:47
4
We, in the Ages Lying
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:29
5
A Breath of Our Inspiration
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:04
6
They Had No Vision Amazing
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
3:20
7
And Therefore Today Is Thrilling
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:42
8
But We, with Our Dreaming and Singing - For We Are Afar with the Dawning
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:44
9
Great Hail! We Cry to the Comers
Edward Elgar; Sarah Connolly; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
8:17
The Spirit of England, Op. 80  
10
No. 1, The Fourth of August
Edward Elgar; Andrew Staples; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:53
11
No. 2, To Women
Edward Elgar; Andrew Staples; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:51
12
No. 3, For the Fallen
Edward Elgar; Andrew Staples; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
12:21
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    61:48
Distinguished British music interpreter Sir Andrew Davis joins forces with the BBCSO once again, this time with acclaimed soloists Dame Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples, in this thoughtful presentation of the last two substantial choral works of Sir Edward Elgar.

The maturity of Elgar as an orchestrator is obvious in both works on this disc, notably, in The Music Makers (1912), during passages in which he quotes from Sea Pictures and the Violin Concerto, and in representing the sound of aircraft in The Spirit of England (1917).

Elgar uses self-quotation to reflect: The Music Makers is a canvas of self-reflection, written quickly following a period of illness. The orchestral introduction is introspective, melancholic and noble, before the words of Arthur O’Shaughanessy’s poem and much self-quotation within the music offer an insight into the sense of nostalgia and awareness of the loneliness of the creative artist felt by the composer. The Spirit of England reflects on the sadness and desolation of war felt by a nation, with the inclusion of quotations from The Dream of Gerontius in some of the more negative stanzas that Elgar found harder to set. Specified in the score for tenor or soprano, all three movements are sung here by a tenor in a recording first.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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