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Elgar : Wand of Youth

Hallé - Sir Mark Elder

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A possibly unique and certainly unusual feature of Edward Elgar's compositional career is that in old age he raided his teenage notebooks for material, orchestrating, revising, and fleshing out what he found. Thus the Nursery Suite title and "Music to a Child's Play" subtitle do not indicate the presence of children's music, although the beautifully evocative short orchestral pieces here would be ideal for introducing classical music to children. "Music to a Child's Play" refers to the delightful The Wand of Youth; the "child's play" was an imagined but unrealized play by Elgar's siblings, directed at their parents. The pair of suites (there is no larger work from they are extracted, but they have separate moods and would be equally effective played separately or together) includes not only generally described scenes but more abstract titles. Sample the second melody in the Serenade from the first suite for a fine example of Elgar's considerable and underrated melodic gift during his early years. The Nursery Suite, premiered in 1930 and dedicated to the future Queen Elizabeth II, among others, had less specific but similarly youthful origins. The two intermezzi are short pieces from the early part of Elgar's career; the Salut d'Amour, Op. 12, was a love letter of sorts to the composer's wife. Throughout, the Hallé Orchestra, with Elgar bred in the bone, has the precision necessary to get the lightness in this music; you can hear it from the very first notes in the first Wand of Youth suite. This is underrated music, not much played outside Britain, and essential listening for anyone previously avoiding Elgar as too ponderous.
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The Wand of Youth (Music to a Child's Play) (Edward Elgar)

1
Suite No.1, Op.1a : I. Overture (Allegro molto)
Halle
00:01:35

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

2
Suite No.1, Op.1a : II. Serenade (Andantino)
Halle
00:02:26

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

3
Suite No.1, Op.1a : III. Minuet (Old Style) (Andante)
Halle
00:02:05

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

4
Suite No.1, Op.1a : IV. Sun Dance (Presto)
Halle
00:02:48

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

5
Suite No.1, Op.1a : V. Fairy Pipers (Allegretto)
Halle
00:04:00

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

6
Suite No.1, Op.1a : VI. Slumber Scene (Moderato)
Halle
00:04:27

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

7
Suite No.1, Op.1a : VII. Fairies and Giants (Presto)
Halle
00:03:41

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

8
Suite No. 2, Op.1b : I. March. Alla Marcia (Allegro moderato)
Halle
00:04:56

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

9
Suite No. 2, Op.1b : II. The Little Bells (Scherzino) (Allegro molto)
Halle
00:02:40

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

10
Suite No. 2, Op.1b : III. Moths and Butterflies (Dance) (Allegretto)
Halle
00:02:09

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

11
Suite No. 2, Op.1b : IV. Fountain Dance (Allegretto comodo)
Halle
00:03:01

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

12
Suite No. 2, Op.1b : V. The Tame Bear (Allegro moderato)
Halle
00:02:42

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

13
Suite No. 2, Op.1b : VI. The Wild Bears (Presto)
Halle
00:02:20

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

Salut d’amour (Liebesgruss), Op.12 (Edward Elgar)

14
Salut d’amour (Liebesgruss), Op.12
Halle
00:03:32

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

Nursery Suite (Edward Elgar)

15
I. Aubade (Awake) (Lento – Allegretto)
Halle
00:05:07

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

16
II. The Serious Doll (Andantino)
Halle
00:03:10

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

17
III. Busy-ness ! (Allegro molto)
Halle
00:02:12

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

18
IV. The Sad Doll (Andantino)
Halle
00:02:07

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

19
V. The Wagon (Passes) (Allegretto)
Halle
00:01:27

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

20
VI. The Merry Doll (Allegro molto)
Halle
00:01:41

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

21
VII. Dreaming (Lento)
Halle
00:03:26

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

22
VIII. Envoy (Coda)
Halle
00:05:00

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

Chanson de nuit, Op. 15, No. 1 (Edward Elgar)

23
Chanson de nuit, Op.15 No.1
Halle
00:04:32

Hallé Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer

(C) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2018 Hallé Concerts Society

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A possibly unique and certainly unusual feature of Edward Elgar's compositional career is that in old age he raided his teenage notebooks for material, orchestrating, revising, and fleshing out what he found. Thus the Nursery Suite title and "Music to a Child's Play" subtitle do not indicate the presence of children's music, although the beautifully evocative short orchestral pieces here would be ideal for introducing classical music to children. "Music to a Child's Play" refers to the delightful The Wand of Youth; the "child's play" was an imagined but unrealized play by Elgar's siblings, directed at their parents. The pair of suites (there is no larger work from they are extracted, but they have separate moods and would be equally effective played separately or together) includes not only generally described scenes but more abstract titles. Sample the second melody in the Serenade from the first suite for a fine example of Elgar's considerable and underrated melodic gift during his early years. The Nursery Suite, premiered in 1930 and dedicated to the future Queen Elizabeth II, among others, had less specific but similarly youthful origins. The two intermezzi are short pieces from the early part of Elgar's career; the Salut d'Amour, Op. 12, was a love letter of sorts to the composer's wife. Throughout, the Hallé Orchestra, with Elgar bred in the bone, has the precision necessary to get the lightness in this music; you can hear it from the very first notes in the first Wand of Youth suite. This is underrated music, not much played outside Britain, and essential listening for anyone previously avoiding Elgar as too ponderous.
© TiVo

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