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ELGAR: Orchestral Miniatures

Composer(s):Elgar, Edward
Artist(s) Tilson, Preman, bassoon • Judd, James, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557577
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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With their engaging, wistful charm and immediate melodic appeal, Elgar’s miniatures represent a less familiar side to the composer’s music. The early Froissart Overture, inspired by chivalric lines from John Keats, was Elgar’s first published work to achieve national recognition. The finely crafted Romance for bassoon and orchestra explores the lyrical possibilities of the solo instrument. Originally composed as violin pieces, the Chanson de Matin and Chanson de Nuit are among his most popular miniatures in both versions.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

James Judd has always been a most understanding Elgarian, and here he conducts an attractive selection of shorter pieces as well as the early overture Froissart, all in understanding performances. The miniatures, at which Elgar was such a dab hand, are presented delightfully and with much affection, while Froissart is ripely passionate. First-rate sound.


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