Elgar: Enigma Variations; Cello Concerto; Froissart; The Wand of Youth; Starlight Express; Dream Children


Elgar: Enigma Variations; Cello Concerto; Froissart; The Wand of Youth; Starlight Express; Dream Children
Charles Mackerras
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4428280
Barcode
00028944282801
Format
2-CD
About
TRACK LISTING / ARTISTS

EDWARD ELGAR
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85*
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 ‘Enigma’
Froissart: Concert Overture, Op. 19
Dream Children – two pieces for small orchestra, Op. 43+
Starlight Express – Incidental music**+
The Wand of Youth Suites Nos. 1 & 2 Op. 1a & Op. 1b+

Alison Hagley, soprano**
Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone**
Robert Cohen, cello*
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera+
Charles Mackerras

Reviews

“We can safely add [Robert Cohen’s] name to a familiar rollcall, Du Pré (EMI) and Isserlis (Virgin) probably topmost. We can certainly add Mackerras’s to a select group of pre-eminent Enigmas: it is really special …Elgar’s immaculately judged textures are sifted with scrupulous care and illumination … The brass couldn’t be riper, and the organ wells up nicely in this impressively full and immediate Decca recording. No question, a star-turn among current Enigmas” Gramophone

“Mackerras captures the wistful charm of the quieter pieces (on CD2) very effectively, and spirits are high in the more robust items” Gramophone