Roderick Williams, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis  Elgar : Falstaff - Orchestral Songs - Grania & Diarmid

Elgar : Falstaff - Orchestral Songs - Grania & Diarmid

Roderick Williams, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis

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Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on November 3, 2017 by Chandos

Main artist: Sir Andrew Davis

Genre: Classical > Symphonic Music

Distinctions: Qobuzissime (December 2017) - Diapason d'or (April 2018) - Gramophone Editor's Choice (January 2018)

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Album : 1 disk - 23 tracks Total length : 01:14:12

    Falstaff, op. 68 (Edward Elgar)
  1. 1 Falstaff and Prince Henry: Allegro -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  2. 2 Eastcheap: Allegro molto -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  3. 3 Robbery at Gadshill - The Boar's Head Again - Revelry and Sleep: Allegro molto -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  4. 4 Revelry and Sleep: Molto tranquillo -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  5. 5 Dream Interlude -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  6. 6 Falstaff's March: Allegro -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  7. 7 The return through Gloucestershire -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  8. 8 Interlude: Gloucestershire, Shallow's Orchard: Allegretto -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  9. 9 The new king - The hurried ride to London -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  10. 10 King Henry V's Progress: Più moderato -

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  11. 11 The repudiation of Falstaff, and his death

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  12. Song Cycle, Op. 59
  13. 12 No. 3. O soft was the song

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  14. 13 No. 5. Was it some golden star?

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  15. 14 No. 6. Twilight

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  16. 2 Songs, Op. 60 (Version for Voice & Orchestra)
  17. 15 The Torch, Op. 60, No. 1 (version for voice and orchestra)

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  18. 16 The River, Op. 60, No. 2 (version for voice and orchestra)

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  19. Grania & Diarmid, op. 42
  20. 17 Incidental Music

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  21. 18 Funeral March

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  22. The Wind at Dawn (version for voice and orchestra)
  23. 19 The Wind at Dawn (version for voice and orchestra)

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  24. Pipes of Pan (version for voice and orchestra)
  25. 20 Pipes of Pan (version for voice and orchestra)

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  26. Pleading, Op. 48 (version for voice and orchestra)
  27. 21 Pleading, Op. 48 (version for voice and orchestra)

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  28. The King's Way (version for voice and orchestra)
  29. 22 The King's Way (version for voice and orchestra)

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

  30. Smoking Cantata
  31. 23 Smoking Cantata

    Andrew Davis, Conductor - Edward Elgar, Composer - BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2017 Chandos (P) 2017 Chandos

About

Aside from Elgar’s fascinating and obligatory Falstaff composed in 1913 (a Symphonic Study according to the partition, but in reality a symphonic poem in the grand tradition of Strauss— about whom Elgar probably thought when he wrote his masterpiece, and the rather present solo cello cannot help but remind us of Strauss’ Don Quixote, composed sixteen years earlier), the album distinguishes itself by a few melodies with orchestra from the same Elgar, a repertoire unfortunately too often neglected and yet of breathtaking beauty (we hear, in a pinch, the Sea Pictures performed from time to time, but that’s all folks). And when you know that it’s the now very famous baritone Roderick Williams on the mic, we can only applaud the initiative of Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic to feature these splendors once again. Elgar proves to us here that, far from just being a great master of large symphonic-vocal soundscapes in the form of oratorio (we obviously think about The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles and The Music Makers), he handles the miniature with genius. Roderick Williams, one of the most beautiful voices of today’s British scene, grasps these rarities with a joy that is as rare as these pieces. The album closes on a hilarious wink, the Smoking Cantata, a cantata with a ginormous orchestration but that lasts… only 49 seconds, and whose text is limited to: “Kindly, Kindly, kindly do not SMOKE in the hall or staircase”. It’s the best British humor!

Qobuz technical commentary on sound quality

The sound quality for this wonderful orchestration is refined; the level ratios are well-judged; and the distances between the consoles are just right, in this airy piece of mixing that renders the lines exceptionally clear. Clear and enveloping reverberation never hides the discourse: the result is a rare evenness between the different families within the orchestra. The tutti certainly aren’t lacking any liveliness, thanks to the remarkably assured dynamic, and when the percussion gets going we discover a beautifully-proportioned hall, which gives the sound room to develop without constraints. Without falling into the very (too?) popular trap of ultra-proximity, and because the acoustics allow it, Chandos has produced a mix which really respects the score, the performance, and the sound scene... what a relief! © SM/Qobuz

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