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This is a rich performance by both chorus and orchestra with warmth and breadth, well balanced and recorded with rewarding clarity
[listen -- CD2 track 14, 4:23-5:23].
The 2-CD set also contains a dazzling performance of Enigma Variations, and a long lost arrangement of Edward Rimbault's older tune to the Christmas carol The Holly and the Ivy made for the Worcester Philharmonic about the same time, and accidentally discovered in 1970 -- a cleverly orchestrated gem with subtle colourful variants for each of its six verses
[listen -- CD1 track 1, 2:50-3:28].
The recording is a CBSO production.
Copyright © 19 September 2007
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK
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CBSO CD003 Stereo NEW RELEASE (2 CDs) 67'49"/52'56" - TT 120'45" 2007 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Jane Irwin, mezzo soprano; Justin Lavender, tenor; Peter Rose, bass; City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus; Simon Halsey, chorus director; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo, conductor
Edward Francis Rimbault (1816-1876) arranged by Elgar: The Holly and The Ivy (first recording); Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Variations on an original theme (Enigma) Op 36 (1898-99); The Dream of Gerontius Op 38 (1900)