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ELGAR: Marches

Composer(s):Elgar, Edward
Artist(s) Judd, James, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557273
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The marches that Elgar wrote, whether for public occasions or as an incidental part of other works, represent only one aspect of his achievement as a composer. If not necessarily the most important of his orchestral works, they often represent music of profounder achievement, by no means jingoistic or merely brash in conception. The ever-popular Pomp and Circumstance Marches demonstrate a consummate command of orchestration, with the March No. 1 in D major, in Elgar’s own words ‘a tune that will knock ’em flat’, justifiably famous as the melody for Land of Hope and Glory.

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The five Pomp and Circumstance Marches in brisk, well-spring readings are flanked by four rather longer pieces—three more extended marches plus, as a final item, Polonia, Elgar’s First World War tribute to Poland, with its sequence of Polish martial themes mad to sound very British. The clarity and crisp ensemble of the Pomp and Circumstance pieces (as well as speeds on the brisk side) given them a winning freshness, with the brass particularly impressive. The Coronation March of 1911, written for the coronation of George V, has symphonic dimensions, with Judd drawing the disparate elements strongly together, while the solemn Funeral March from Elgar’s incidental music to a play by W.B. Yeats and George Moore, Grania and , is here enhanced when it includes not just the march itself but the substantial introduction, usually labeled ‘Incidental Music’. The Empire March, written for the opening of the Wembley Exhibition of 1924, and Polonia are relative rarities on disc, both persuasively done, while the March of the Moghul Emperors, wit its exotic percussion, is a welcome rarity too. The Triumphal March from Caractacus has the brassiest opening of any of the marches, and Judd makes it swagger infectiously. Warm, clear, well-balanced recording.


Review By ,Scherzo,September 2005



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