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Edward Elgar – From the Bavarian Highlands

The Bavarian Radio Chorus conducted by Howard Arman sings Edward Elgar's song cycle "From the Bavarian Highlands" in the first version for piano accompaniment on this CD from BR-KLASSIK in a live recording of a oncert on October 26, 2019 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz.
The remaining partsongs by Edward Elgar heard on this CD were recorded in the BR studio between July and September 2020.

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01–06 From the Bavarian Highlands, op. 27 (1895)
07–08 Two Partsongs, op. 26 (1894)
09–13 Five Partsongs from the Greek Anthology, op. 45 (1902)
14 Go, Song of Mine, op. 57 (1909)
15 As Torrents in Summer, op. 30 (1896)
16 Spanish Serenade, op. 23 (1891)
17 The Reveille, op. 54 (1907)
18 They Are at Rest (1909)
19 Weary Wind of the West (1902/1930)
20 The Prince of Sleep (1925)

Julita Smolén, Radoslaw Szulc violin
Max Hanft paino
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Howard Arman conductor

CD, BR-KLASSIK 900522 (Duration: 65’37)

About the works The British composer Edward Elgar wrote a great deal more than his justly famed “Pomp & Circumstance” marches: his highly diverse oeuvre encompasses symphonies, concertos, chamber works, piano music and numerous choral works (oratorios, cantatas and partsongs). On this CD, partsongs by Elgar can be heard with and without accompaniment as part of a representative selection of live and studio recordings. The CD begins with the song cycle “From the Bavarian Highlands” op. 27; its six cheerful numbers were written while Elgar and his wife were on holiday in Garmisch in 1895. Alice Elgar had sketched verses from Bavarian folk melodies, and Upper Bavarian songs and dances can be heard in her husband’s settings. These were happy memories of carefree holidays in a region rich in music and full of fine landscapes. The Bavarian Radio Chorus, conducted by Howard Arman, sings the songs in their original version with piano accompaniment (the orchestral version came later).

About the composer As a composer of English-language choral songs, Elgar is still little-known on the European mainland; in the United Kingdom, however, the situation is very different. The country has long had a lively choral scene, focusing primarily on composers ranging from Purcell and Handel to Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford and Elgar, all the way to Benjamin Britten and today’s contemporary composers. The program on this CD has been compiled and conducted by the Englishman Howard Arman, one of today’s most knowledgeable experts on British choral music and artistic director of the Bavarian Radio Chorus, and these recordings should do much to boost the popularity of this highly appealing music on the European mainland as well.

About the CD In addition to the six songs of the cycle “From the Bavarian Highlands” op. 27 (1895), the CD also contains Elgar’s “Spanish Serenade” op. 23 (1891), the “Two Partsongs” op. 26 (1894), “As Torrents in Summer” from op. 30 (1896), “Five Partsongs from the Greek Anthology” op. 45 (1902), “Weary Wind of the West” (1902/1930),”The Reveille” op. 54 (1907), “Go, Song of Mine” op. 57 (1909), the elegy “They Are at Rest” (1909) and “The Prince of Sleep” (1925). The cycle op.27 was recorded live at a concert performed on October 26, 2019 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz, while the other partsongs were recorded in the BR Studio between July and September 2020.


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