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CHAN 5057
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CHAN 5057

Elgar: Symphony No. 3/ Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6/So Many True Princesses

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Richard Hickox


Adrian Partington Singers



Venue:

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Jonathan Cooper

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 70:15
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EDWARD ELGAR

(1857-1934)
   
 

Symphony No. 3

55:36  
  The sketches of Edward Elgar elaborated by Anthony Payne (b. 1936)  
1 I Allegro molto maestoso - Cantabile - Largamente - 15:33
2 II Scherzo. Allegretto - Più mosso - Più mosso - Tempo I - 9:51
3 III Adagio solenne 15:08
4 IV Allegro - Con moto - Poco largamente - Con spirito - 15:03
   
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So Many True Princesses Who Have Gone

6:46
  Queen Alexandra's Memorial Ode  
  for chorus and orchestra  
  Orchestrated by Anthony Payne  
  Molto moderato - Poco più lento - Maestoso - Più lento - Morendo  
   
premiere recording
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Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6

7:54
  The sketches of Edward Elgar completed and orchestrated by Anthony Payne  
  To Sir Andrew Davis with admiration and gratitude  
  Alla marcia - Vivace - Poco meno mosso - Con spirito - Giocoso - Largamente - Grandioso - Vivace  
  Also available as SACD CHSA 5057
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"...an outstanding disc"

The Pengiun Guide – 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12


In many ways Richard Hickox provides the best of all worlds, ensuring that Elgar’s climaxes emerge with thrilling power while the more withdrawn passages possess an almost Barbirolli-like rapture. Fascinating bonuses too, with Payne’s realization of a sixth pomp and Circumstance March and his orchestration of ‘So many true princesses…’
Classic FM

Elgar completists will need to acquire the disc for the other tracks too…
The Guardian

And the interpretation comes into its own from there: [scherzo] the Adagio solenne is achingly intense, and the finale has ample swagger as well as a powerful feeling of tragic foreboding.
Gramophone

I don’t think that anyone would be disappointed with any of the recordings, and this disc certainly complements Hickox’s versions of the first two symphonies in fine style. What may tip the balance for some listeners is the fact that this is the only disc to include extra music… Queen Alexandra’s Memorial Ode is a miniature masterpiece.
The Elgar Journal

This disc not only completes Richard Hickox’s Elgar cycle but also provides a fourth recording of the Third Symphony in Anthony Payne’s ‘elaboration’. Indeed, it collates all three of Payne’s Elgar realisations – including recorded debuts of the 1932 memorial ode for Queen Alexandria and the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6…in terms of recording, then new disc (with a succinct and informative note by Anthony Burton) is a clear winner, the SACD sound having a depth and spaciousness that does justice to Payne’s Elgarian sound-world.
International Record Review

I’m more favourably inclined towards this magnificent SACD release because it seems to lay out its typical Elgarian indirectness in a more logical and easily discerned way – a rhetorical exposition that Sir John Barbirolli might have fashioned were he still among us… A splendid SACD hybrid recording is a most valuable addition to this Elgar discography. No serious Elgarian should even think of passing it by.
American Record Guide




*****
G Elliott

*****
V Richards