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ELGAR: Music Makers / Sea Pictures


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ELGAR: Music Makers / Sea Pictures

Written for the striking contralto Clara Butt, who gave the work’s première in a dress said to resemble a mermaid, Sea Pictures is Elgar’s only song cycle with orchestra. These exquisite miniatures depict the sea in all its guises, peaceful and storm-tossed by turns. The heartfelt Where Corals Lie is perhaps the most remarkable three minutes in all of Elgar. Inspired by the notion that artists are the real creators and the true makers of history and society (‘We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams’), The Music Makers is a largely intimate and nostalgic work, which quotes several times from Elgar’s other compositions.

Elgar, Edward
O'Shaughnessy, Arthur, lyricist(s)

  The Music Makers, Op. 69
1.   I. Introduction: Moderato 00:03:32
2.   II. We are the music makers 00:02:08
3.   III. With wonderful deathless ditties 00:01:51
4.   IV. We, in the ages lying 00:04:17
5.   V. A breath of our inspiration 00:04:29
6.   VI. They had no vision amazing 00:03:32
7.   VII. And therefore today is thrilling 00:04:21
8.   VIII. But we, with our dreaming and singing 00:03:36
9.   IX. For we are afar with the dawning 00:02:49
10.   X. Great hail! We cry to the corners 00:08:50

Elgar, Edward
Gordon, Adam Lindsay / Elgar, Caroline Alice Roberts / Browning, Elizabeth Barrett / Garnett, Richard / Noel, Roden Berkeley Wriothesley, lyricist(s)

  Sea Pictures, Op. 37
11.   I. Sea Slumber - Song 00:05:52
12.   II. In Haven (Capri) 00:01:55
13.   III. Sabbath Morning at Sea 00:05:50
14.   IV. Where Corals Lie 00:03:35
15.   V. The Swimmer 00:05:57

Total Playing Time: 01:02:34

Elgar, Edward

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett; Elgar, Caroline Alice Roberts; Garnett, Richard; Gordon, Adam Lindsay; Noel, Roden Berkeley Wriothesley; O'Shaughnessy, Arthur

Wright, Simon

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

Beardsell, Greg; Connolly, Sarah

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Secular; Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557710

Barcode: 0747313271023

Physical Release: 11/2006

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