Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Edward Elgar|Elgar: Piano Quintet - Sea Pictures

Elgar: Piano Quintet - Sea Pictures

Kenneth Woods

Available in
logo Hi-Res
24-Bit 96.0 kHz - Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

Transcriptions of all kinds were common in the pre-recording era, but they usually went in the direction of making a large work suitable for use in the home or some other smaller venue, not in the direction of enlargement as occurs here. The orchestration of the Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84, though, is of a type not unheard of; Schoenberg orchestrated the Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, in 1937. Indeed, the Elgar Piano Quintet, a work whose reputation seems to be on the rise, fares well in the orchestration by Donald Fraser. Sample the slow movement (track 2), with one of those noble Elgar melodies that makes the British roll over and put their paws in the air and is likely to give other nationalities a pretty mellow time as well. The version of Sea Pictures, Op. 37, is perhaps another matter. It is an orchestral work to begin with, so Fraser has not so much orchestrated it as re-orchestrated it. The contralto or mezzo-soprano soloist is replaced by a choir, with the harmonies filled in by some of the original orchestral parts. What's left in the orchestra is a pared-down pairing of orchestra and solo string group. This makes a substantially different impression from the original, and it's hard to argue that the work is improved. The booklet points to an increased emphasis on melodic unity, but that unity in the original has the orchestral variety as a counterweight. The singing of the Rodolfus Choir is gorgeously rich, and it may be that the legions who love the Sea Pictures will enjoy this variation. Avie's Abbey Road studio sound is near ideal: clear and warm. Recommended.
© TiVo

More info

Elgar: Piano Quintet - Sea Pictures

Edward Elgar

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 70 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this album and more than 70 million songs with your unlimited streaming plans.

1
Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84 (Orch. Donald Fraser): I. Moderato – Allegro
English Symphony Orchestra
00:13:58

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rodolfus Choir, Ensemble - Kenneth Woods, Conductor

(C) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser (P) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser

2
Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84 (Orch. Donald Fraser): II. Adagio
English Symphony Orchestra
00:13:10

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rodolfus Choir, Ensemble - Kenneth Woods, Conductor

(C) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser (P) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser

3
Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84 (Orch. Donald Fraser): III. Andante – Allegro
English Symphony Orchestra
00:11:18

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Rodolfus Choir, Ensemble - Kenneth Woods, Conductor

(C) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser (P) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser

4
Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (Orch. Donald Fraser): I. Sea Slumber Song
English Symphony Orchestra
00:04:34

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodolfus Choir, Ensemble - Kenneth Woods, Conductor

(C) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser (P) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser

5
Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (Orch. Donald Fraser): II. In Haven
English Symphony Orchestra
00:01:50

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodolfus Choir, Ensemble - Kenneth Woods, Conductor

(C) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser (P) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser

6
Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (Orch. Donald Fraser): III. Sabbath Morning at Sea
English Symphony Orchestra
00:05:43

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodolfus Choir, Ensemble - Kenneth Woods, Conductor

(C) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser (P) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser

7
Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (Orch. Donald Fraser): IV. Where Corals Lie
English Symphony Orchestra
00:03:54

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodolfus Choir, Ensemble - Kenneth Woods, Conductor

(C) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser (P) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser

8
Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (Orch. Donald Fraser): V. The Swimmer
English Symphony Orchestra
00:05:10

English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Edward ELGAR, Composer - English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Rodolfus Choir, Ensemble - Kenneth Woods, Conductor

(C) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser (P) 2016 FraserMusic Interactive/Donald Fraser

Album Description

Transcriptions of all kinds were common in the pre-recording era, but they usually went in the direction of making a large work suitable for use in the home or some other smaller venue, not in the direction of enlargement as occurs here. The orchestration of the Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84, though, is of a type not unheard of; Schoenberg orchestrated the Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, in 1937. Indeed, the Elgar Piano Quintet, a work whose reputation seems to be on the rise, fares well in the orchestration by Donald Fraser. Sample the slow movement (track 2), with one of those noble Elgar melodies that makes the British roll over and put their paws in the air and is likely to give other nationalities a pretty mellow time as well. The version of Sea Pictures, Op. 37, is perhaps another matter. It is an orchestral work to begin with, so Fraser has not so much orchestrated it as re-orchestrated it. The contralto or mezzo-soprano soloist is replaced by a choir, with the harmonies filled in by some of the original orchestral parts. What's left in the orchestra is a pared-down pairing of orchestra and solo string group. This makes a substantially different impression from the original, and it's hard to argue that the work is improved. The booklet points to an increased emphasis on melodic unity, but that unity in the original has the orchestral variety as a counterweight. The singing of the Rodolfus Choir is gorgeously rich, and it may be that the legions who love the Sea Pictures will enjoy this variation. Avie's Abbey Road studio sound is near ideal: clear and warm. Recommended.
© TiVo

About the album

Improve this page

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...

On sale now...

Cinema

Ludovico Einaudi

Cinema Ludovico Einaudi

Chopin: 10 Mazurkas

Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Chopin: 10 Mazurkas Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

Chemtrails Over The Country Club

Lana Del Rey

Everyday Life

Coldplay

Everyday Life Coldplay
More on Qobuz
By Edward Elgar

Classical's Coming Home

Edward Elgar

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Edward Elgar

For the Fallen (Works by Elgar and Bax)

Edward Elgar

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63

Edward Elgar

Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade For Strings

Edward Elgar

Playlists

You may also like...

BACH: The Art of Life

Daniil Trifonov

BACH: The Art of Life Daniil Trifonov

Schubert: Winterreise

Mark Padmore

Schubert: Winterreise Mark Padmore

Souvenirs d'Italie

Maurice Steger

Souvenirs d'Italie Maurice Steger

Exiles

Max Richter

Exiles Max Richter

some kind of peace

Ólafur Arnalds

some kind of peace Ólafur Arnalds
In your panoramas...
Sofia Coppola on Air

To celebrate 20 years since the release of her film “The Virgin Suicides”, Qobuz takes a look back at some of the top musical moments from the films of Sofia Coppola, like her collaborations with French duo Air or Thomas Mars from the band Phoenix.

Beethoven: Fidelio's Big Adventure

Based on a story from France during the Revolutionary Terror (the story of an intrepid young woman who disguised herself as a man to save her husband from the dungeon), Beethoven's unique opera has had a turbulent life, and has been reworked here and there over the years. New proof of the German composer's musical genius, Fidelio also permitted him to write a musical setting for a libretto that matched his political beliefs.

Danny Elfman in Ten Albums

From fairy tales to wacky comedies, from the most extraordinary orchestral works to understated pieces, for almost forty years now Danny Elfman has been crafting his unique sound and injecting it into Hollywood productions by the likes of Tim Burton or Gus Van Sant. We look back over ten albums from his career, exploring both his essential works and less well-known compositions.

In the news...