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Elgar, Edward - Piano Quintet & Sea Pictures, orch. Donald Fraser

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English Symphony Orchestra

English Chamber Orchestra

Rodolfus Choir

Kenneth Woods (conductor)

Avie – 60 mins

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From our blog, 3 September 2016:

Donald Fraser has form when it comes to orchestrating Elgar, having already provided arrangements for The Elgar Society, Yehudi Menuhin and Channel 4, and reviews of this world premiere recording agree that, even while taking the liberties demanded by expanded forces, his orchestral language is faithful to Elgar’s own. The Times deems that Fraser “has added the kind of touches of colour and splashes of figuration Elgar himself might well have introduced” while BBC Music Magazine finds the finale of the Piano Quintet “exhilaratingly Elgarian”. Fraser’s new version of the Sea Pictures, originally scored for contralto and an orchestra including solo winds and harp, transforms the song cycle into a choral work accompanied by string quartet and string orchestra, the more unified ensemble intended to highlight the extent to which Elgar integrated his vocal and instrumental material.

Piano Quintet in A minor Op. 84, orch. Donald Fraser

1 - I. Moderato – Allegro

2 - II. Adagio

3 - III. Andante – Allegro

Sea Pictures Op. 37, arr. Donald Fraser

4 - Sea Slumber Song

5 - In Haven (Capri)

6 - Sabbath

7 - Morning at Sea

8 - Where Corals Lie The Swimmer

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