«Elgar: Music For Chorus and Orchestra”
|Edward William Elgar||
Te Deum laudamus, Op. 34, No. 1,
Mass, Hob. XXII:14 in B flat major 'Harmoniemesse': Benedictus,
Scenes (6) from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27,
Ecce Sacerdos Magnus,
Benedictus, Op. 34 No. 2,
Great is the Lord (Psalm XLVIII), Op. 67,
Spanish Serenade 'Stars of the Summer Night',
Give unto the Lord (Psalm XXIX), Op. 74,
O hearken Thou, Op. 64.
Heinrich Seebach (Baritone), Imgard Dornbach-Ziegler (Contralto), Karl Otto Bortzi (Organ), Trude Konrad (Soprano), Ludwig Von Haas (Tenor).
Munich Cathedral Choir.
Munich Cathedral Orchestra – Ludwig Berberich.
The growing genius of a titan of English music comes vividly into focus in a stunning collection of Edward Elgars music for chorus and orchestra from the Brighton Festival Chorus and BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth. The voice was at the centre of Elgars musical life as a child his sister recalled family evenings when [we] sang and sang for the very joy of singing and it was to play a defining role in his own compositions. Spanning 26 years from the imposing setting of Ecce sacerdos magnus (Behold the great priest)* in 1888 to the richly realised psalm settings of the 1910s, it is possible to chart in these often moving, occasionally monumental works the development of Elgars prowess in setting the voice. Behold the Great Priest presents a treasure-trove of Elgars choral compositions intriguingly mapping out his development towards the full-scale masterpieces of Sea Pictures, The Apostles and The Dream of Gerontius. Illuminating, newly commissioned notes are provided by Andrew Neill, chairman of the Elgar Society from 1992-2008. *A rarity on disc, Ecce sacerdos magnus shares its opening notes with the Benedictus from Joseph Haydns Harmoniemesse, a 1949 recording an excerpt of which featuring the Munich Cathedral Choir and Orchestra conducted by Ludwig Berberich is included demonstrating striking similarities between the two.