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CHAN 10570
(multiple CD Set)

Elgar: Crown of India/ Imperial March/Coronation March

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2009

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Sir Andrew Davis


Gerald Finley

baritone - (St George)

Gerald Finley

baritone (St George)

Clare Shearer

mezzo-soprano - (Agra - Benares - Lotus)

Deborah McAndrew

speaker - (Calcutta)

Barbara Marten

speaker - (Delhi)

Joanne Mitchell

speaker - (India)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus



Venue:

Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon


Mike George



Engineer:

Stephen Rinker


John Cole

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Choir


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 151:23
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EDWARD ELGAR

(1857-1934)
   
premiere recording
 

The Crown of India, Op. 66 (1912)

75:09  
  An Imperial Masque in Two Tableaux  
  Orchestration completed by Anthony Payne  
  Words by Henry Hamilton  
   
  Tableau I. The Cities of Ind 45:34      
1 1A Introduction. Allegro - Andante quasi Recitativo - 1:27
2 1B Sacred Measure. Moderato 2:09
3 2 Dance of Nautch Girls. Allegretto - Allegro molto - Strepitoso 3:08
4 2A India greets her Cities. Allegro molto - Allegro - A tempo, più lento - Moderato 5:20
5 3 Song (Agra). 'Hail, Immemorial Ind!' Andante - Quasi recitativo - 6:55
6 India: 'Well dost thou say that East and West upbear' 0:46
7 3A Entrance to Calcutta. Allegro 0:57
8 India: 'Welcome Calcutta!' 1:30
9 3B Entrance of Delhi. Allegro - Solenne 1:25
10 Delhi: 'Stop! That place is mine.' 2:21
11 4A Introduction. Maestoso - Andante - 1:38
12 4B March of the Mogul Emperors. Moderato maestoso - Marziale - 4:59
13 India: 'Illustrious Emperors!' 2:10
14 5 Entrance of 'John Company'. Moderato (dolce e maestoso, stilo antico) 2:00
15 Calcutta: 'Good John Company, reply' 1:12
16 5A Entrance of St George. Andante - Allegro moderato 2:06
17 India; 'Calcutta, Delhi, give your quarrel pause' 1:45
18 6 Song (St George). 'The Rule of England'. Marziale 3:39
   
19 7 Interlude 3:37
  Andantino - Più lento  
   
  Tableau II. Ave Imperator! 25:44      
20 8A Introduction. Allegro - 1:10
21 8B Warriors' Dance. Allegro - Marcato e brillante - Più mosso 2:00
22 9 The Cities of Ind. Allegro - Moderato maestoso - Adagio, maestoso 2:28
23 India: 'Hail Festal Hour from out the Ages drawn' 0:32
24 10 March. 'The Crown of India'. Tempo di marcia 5:08
25 India: 'Incessu patuit Imperator' 0:48
26 10A The Homage of Ind. Andante - Moderato - Allegretto - 6:08
27 11 The Crowning of Delhi. Moderato - Andantino - Allegro - 4:00
28 12 Ave Imperator! Moderato - Più lento - Lento 3:26
 Clare Shearer mezzo-soprano - (Agra - Benares - Lotus)
 Gerald Finley baritone (St George)
 Barbara Marten speaker - (Delhi)
 Deborah McAndrew speaker - (Calcutta)
 Joanne Mitchell speaker - (India)
   
premiere recording
 

The Crown of India, Op. 66 (1912)

57:29  
  [Version without spoken parts]  
  An Imperial Masque in Two Tableaux  
  Orchestration completed by Anthony Payne  
  Words by Henry Hamilton  
  Edited by Sir Andrew Davis  
   
  Tableau I. The Cities of Ind 29:49      
29 1A Introduction - 1:27
30 1B Sacred Measure 2:09
31 2 Dance of Nautch Girls 3:08
32 2A India greets her Cities. Allegro molto 1:18
33 3 Song (Agra). 'Hail, Immemorial Ind!' 6:57
34 3A Entrance of Calcutta 1:01
35 3B Entrance of Delhi 1:31
36 4A Introduction - 1:31
37 4B March of the Mogul Emperors 4:59
38 5 Entrance of 'John Company' 2:06
39 6 Song (St George). 'The Rule of England' 3:39
   
40 7 Interlude 3:37
   
  Tableau II. Ave Imperator! 23:52      
41 8A Introduction - 1:10
42 8B Warriors' Dance 2:02
43 9 The Cities of Ind. Allegro - Moderato maestoso 2:13
44 10 March. 'The Crown of India' 5:10
45 10A The Homage of Ind 6:09
46 11 The Crowning of Delhi. Moderato - Andantino - Presto - Moderato 3:45
47 12 Aver Imperator! 3:23
 Clare Shearer mezzo-soprano - (Agra - Benares - Lotus)
 Gerald Finley baritone - (St George)
48 

Imperial March, Op. 32 (1896-97)

4:29
  Pomposo - Animato - Allargando - Poco meno mosso -  
49 

The Coronation March, Op. 65 (1911)

10:10
  for Full Orchestra  
  Composed for the Coronation of their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary  
  Molto maestoso - Nobilmente - Animato -  
50 

The Empire March (1924)

4:45
  Alla marcia - Nobilmente - Più lento  
   
   
 Sir Andrew Davis
  19 and 20 June 2009  
Chandos is delighted to present the first complete recording of the masque The Crown of India, performed here by Clare Shearer and Gerald Finley, with the BBC Philharmonic and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Completed by Anthony Payne in 2008 the work conveys all the pomp and pageantry with which Elgar is associated. The work is presented on two CDs. Disc one includes the entire masque with narration, whilst disc two contains only the music and Marches.

This recording is also the first with Sir Andrew Davis, now signed exclusively to Chandos. Sir Andrew’s fascination with Elgar goes deep, including taking the symphonies all over the world. He says of The Crown of India, ‘He’s [Payne] done a terrific job. This is from Elgar’s mature period, the time of the Violin Concerto and Sospiri. There’s a ‘March of the Moguls’ which is the only march I know in three time and an exquisite interlude with solo violin.’

EDITOR’S CHOICE
Gramophone – January 2010


“…The soloists sound fine and very properly English, and the BBC Philharmonic sounds better than ever… The sound is excellent. A very important Elgar release.” - Roger Hecht
American Record Guide – March/April 2010


“…Chandos, Davis and the BBC Philharmonic have done him [Elgar] proud.” - Hugh Canning
International Record Review – January 2010




The elaborate pageant and theatrical presentation, The Crown of India was first staged in 1912 to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Delhi for their coronation as Emperor and Empress of India.

Elgar wrote the music as his Op.66, with a libretto by Henry Hamilton. Sadly the score was only published in a piano-vocal version and the remaining orchestral parts were destroyed in the 1960s. In 2007 the Elgar Society set about a commission for Anthony Payne to complete the orchestration of the music, with the orchestral suite and marches.

Sir Andrew Davis continues to be resident in Chicago, where he has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Lyric Opera Chicago since 2000. His association with Chandos will see him conduct the principal BBC orchestras as well as orchestras around the world.

The set is sold at the price of one full price CD.



Chandos are delighted to present the first complete recording of the masque The Crown of India, performed here by Clare Shearer and Gerald Finley, with the BBC Philharmonic and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.  Completed by Anthony Payne in 2008 the work conveys all the pomp and pageantry with which Elgar is associated.  The work is presented on 2 CDs.  Disc 1 includes the entire masque with narration, whilst Disc 2 contains only the music and Marches.  The set is sold at the price of one full price CD.    

This recording is also the first with Sir Andrew Davis, now signed exclusively to Chandos.  Sir Andrew’s fascination with Elgar goes deep, including taking the symphonies all over the world.  He says of The Crown of India, ‘He’s [Payne] done a terrific job.   This is from Elgar’s mature period, the time of the Violin Concerto and Sospiri.  There’s a ‘March of the Moguls’ which is the only march I know in three time and an exquisite interlude with solo violin.’  

The elaborate pageant and theatrical presentation, The Crown of India was first staged in 1912 to celebrate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Delhi for their coronation as Emperor and Empress of India.  Elgar wrote the music as his Op.66, with a libretto by Henry Hamilton.  Sadly the score was only published in a piano-vocal version and the remaining orchestral parts were destroyed in the 1960s.  In 2007 the Elgar Society set about a commission for Anthony Payne to complete the orchestration of the music, with the orchestral suite and marches.   

Sir Andrew Davis continues to be resident in Chicago, where he has been Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Lyric Opera Chicago since 2000.  His association with Chandos will see him conduct the principal BBC orchestras as well as orchestras around the world.   
 

“…this could not be better performed and all musical friends of The Lutyens Trust should purchase this beautifully present double CD album without delay.”

Mervyn Miller

The Lutyens Trust Newsletter - Spring 2010

"... a wonderful piece of nostalgia celebrating the height of the British Empire."

Peter Worsley

Light Music Society - Spring Newsletter 2010

“…The soloists sound fine and very properly English, and the BBC Philharmonic sounds better than ever…  The sound is excellent. A very important Elgar release.”

Roger Hecht

American Record Guide - March/April 2010

“…Kudos to the soloists, the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and the BBC Philharmonic and Andrew Davis for performances that are rousing, exciting and beautifully played. The balance between narrators and orchestra is excellent and the sound is typical of Chandos, which is to say, spectacular. So, yes, this CD is interesting historically and musically and is worth hearing. Elgar lovers and Anglophiles will need this and others can appreciate and enjoy it.”
 

 Robert Moon      

Audiophile Audition - 30 January 2010

“Elgar’s extravagant celebration of the 1911 Delhi Durbar with this music hall masque has usually been dismissed as imperialised bombast. But research into the full score has revealed some characteristically Elgarian lyricism. Some items have been orchestrated by Anthony Payne with his customary skill… Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Philharmonic with exuberance and taste, and Clare Shearer and Gerald Finley head the soloists.”
Michael Kennedy
 

The Telegraph - 17 January 2010

“The music … is from start to finish authentic middling Elgar, highly enjoyable and worth revival. Gerald Finley shines as St George in ‘The Rule of England’… The three stand-alone marches which appear as fillers on disc 2 are thrown off with tremendous panache by Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic.”

                            Performance *****/Recording*****


Calum MacDonald

BBC Music Magazine - Christmas 2009

“… the work contains much fine music. Payne has expertly rebuilt the orchestral parts, lost in the 1970’s. The new score’s bold colours and passion are wonderfully unfurled by the BBC Philharmonic under master Elgarian Andrew Davis in this wholehearted premiere recording.”

Andrew Stewart

Classic FM Magazine - January 2010

                                     - Editor’s Choice -

“…The performance possesses all the stirling virtues that we have come to expect from one of this composer’s most distinguished exponents. Sir Andrew directs with contagious relish, no little charisma (witness the glinting spectacle of the ‘March of the Mogul Emperors’) and instinctive ebb and flow, the BBC PO and Sheffield Philharmonic Choir acquitting themselves in kind with admirable skill and commitment. Both vocal soloists are excellent (Gerald Finley projects marvellously in ‘The Rule of England’)… The fill-ups are perceptively handled, too, not least the markedly subdued and darkly sumptuous Coronation March of 1911, while both the Imperial March (1896-97) and lesser-known Empire March (1924) have confidence and burnished splendour to spare.
With its gloriously ample sonics and attractive artwork, this set should find favour with every Elgar devotee."


       

Andrew Achenbach

 

Gramophone - January 2010

“…Chandos, Davis and the BBC Philharmonic have done him [Elgar] proud.”

Hugh Canning

 

International Record Review - January 2010



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