“…this could not be better performed and all musical friends of The Lutyens Trust should purchase this beautifully present double CD album without delay.”
The Lutyens Trust Newsletter - Spring 2010
"... a wonderful piece of nostalgia celebrating the height of the British Empire."
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
Gramophone - January 2010
“…Chandos, Davis and the BBC Philharmonic have done him [Elgar] proud.”
International Record Review - January 2010
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