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Elgar: Sea Pictures. Falstaff

Daniel Barenboim, Elīna Garanča, Staatskapelle Berlin

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Sea Pictures, Op. 37  
1.1
I. Sea Slumber Song
Sir Edward Elgar; Roden Noel; Elīna Garanča; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
4:41
1.2
II. In Haven (Capri)
Sir Edward Elgar; C. Alice Elgar; Elīna Garanča; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
1:45
1.3
III. Sabbath Morning at Sea
Sir Edward Elgar; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Elīna Garanča; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
6:11
1.4
IV. Where Corals Lie
Sir Edward Elgar; Richard Garnett; Elīna Garanča; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
3:58
1.5
V. The Swimmer
Sir Edward Elgar; A. Lindsay Gordon; Elīna Garanča; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
7:06
Falstaff, Op. 68  
1.6
I. Falstaff and Prince Henry
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
3:09
1.7
IIa. Eastcheap
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
2:52
1.8
IIb. Gadshill - The Boar's Head - Revelry and Sleep
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
8:56
1.9
IIc. Revelry and Sleep
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
1:27
1.10
IId. Dream Interlude
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
2:32
1.11
IIIa. Falstaff's March
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
2:49
1.12
IIIb. The Return Through Gloucestershire
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
1:27
1.13
IIIc. Interlude: Gloucestershire. Shallow's Orchard
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
1:49
1.14
IIId. The New King - The Hurried Ride to London
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
1:03
1.15
IVa. King Henry V's Progress
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
3:21
1.16
IVb. The Repudiation of Falstaff, and His Death
Sir Edward Elgar; Daniel Barenboim; Staatskapelle Berlin
5:48
Total Playing Time    58:54
Daniel Barenboim has released the next album in his acclaimed Elgar series, Sea Pictures / Falstaff, recorded live in December 2019 with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Latvian soprano Elīna Garanča. Elgar composed "Sea Pictures" during the summer of 1899 in the weeks after the successful premiere of the "Enigma Variations" which brought him to national prominence. "Sea Pictures" is a song cycle for voice and orchestra consisting of five songs, based on five poems by different authors, about the sea. Elgar, with his wide knowledge of literature, took immense care in choosing the five poems. He composed "Sea Pictures" for the acclaimed contralto Clara Butt who gave the premiere at the Norwich Festival in October 1899 dressed as a mermaid! Of all Elgar’s major works "Falstaff" gave him the most pleasure to write and he thought it was his finest orchestral piece. He told a reporter: “I have, I think, enjoyed writing it more than any other music I have ever composed … the hours I have spent on it have brought me a great deal of happiness.” Elgar called "Falstaff" a “symphonic study”: “symphonic” because like a symphony it is founded on motivic development and long-range tonal planning; “study” because it amounts to a character-study of Shakespeare’s Sir John Falstaff. “Falstaff is the name,” Elgar wrote, “but Shakespeare – the whole of human life – is in the theme.”
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