Elgar - Sea Pictures, The Music Makers | Onyx ONYX4206

Elgar - Sea Pictures, The Music Makers

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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4206

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Expected Release Date: 10th July 2020 (currently delayed)

Contents

Artists

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko

Works

Elgar, Edward

Sea Pictures, op.37
The Music Makers, op.69

Artists

Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko

About

Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO continue their critically acclaimed Elgar project with Sea Pictures and The Music Makers, with Kathryn Rudge as soloist.

Sea Pictures is one of the composer’s most popular works and as an orchestral song cycle stands alongside those by Mahler and Strauss.

The Music Makers however has had a more troubled history. Elgar had worked on it on and off from 1903 and it was premiered in 1912. Both words and music came in for criticism. Elgar quotes from his symphonies, and ‘Nimrod’ as well as other sources. It can be viewed in the same way as Ein Heldenleben, though here the composer is not a hero, but a bard.

Reviews

I was much taken with Kathryn Rudge’s contribution to Barry Wordsworth’s BBC CO anthology of orchestral songs by Elgar (Somm, 11/18), and this glowingly idiomatic account of Sea Pictures can only enhance her growing reputation. With her sensitivity to the text, freshness of timbre and secure vocal technique, she once again proves herself a strongly intuitive interpreter of this repertoire. … If anything, there’s even more to admire in the main offering, a deeply humane, unaffected and nobly integrated traversal of The Music Makers… A most enticing release, in sum, which all Elgarians should seek out without delay.  Andrew Achenbach
Gramophone July 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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