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Elgar: Cello Concerto / Enigma Variations / Froissart / Starlight Express
Elgar: Cello Concerto / Enigma Variations / Froissart / Starlight Express (Decca 442 8280)
SKU: 12328
AU $13.59

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 442 8280 Medium: CD No. Discs: 2

Sir Charles Mackerras's warm and voluble Elgar recordings bring one of the most stirring Enigmas on record, a reflective yet resolute Cello Concerto and a disc of pieces of music inspired by childhood. A very young Bryn Terfel is a highlight on the Starlight Express songs.

"We can safely add [Robert Cohen's] name to a familiar rollcall, Du Pre (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.

A Decca Eloquence CD set.

Artists: Robert Cohen (cello), Alison Hagley (soprano), Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone).
Composers: Elgar.
Conductors: Sir Charles Mackerras.
Orchestras: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tracks: SIR EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)
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+
Sir Charles Mackerras
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 2
SKU #: 12328
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 442 8280
Price: AU $13.59   

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