Elgar: Caractacus (2CD)

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CDA68254
Artist:
Huddersfield Choral Society, Orchestra of Opera North, Martyn Brabbins

The centuries do indeed ‘roll away’ as the libretto addresses questions of empire Roman and Victorian - and Britain’s place in the world. But that shouldn’t detract from the music; this is simply glorious and worthy of the mature Elgar.

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Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine

"[Brabbins] brings an electricity and Straussian Schwung to the orchestral sound throughout…There are some fine performances here from the soloists. Roland Wood is very much up to the weighty role of Caractacus…Llewellyn lends some lyrical respite to much of the forceful rhetoric of the work’s warrior spirit…The well-prepared Huddersfield Choral Society provide a range of sensitive light and shade, as well as muscular tone."

Sunday Times

"Brabbins clearly believes in the cantata, judging by this forthrightly played and sung account. Roland Wood is a commanding Caractacus, with clarion tone and eloquent diction...Not great Elgar, perhaps, but rousingly performed."

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Castlisting:

Elgar: Caractacus, Op. 35

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Eigen), Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Orbin), Roland Wood (Caractacus), Christopher Purves (Arch-Druid, A Bard) & Alastair Miles (Claudius)

Huddersfield Choral Society, Orchestra of Opera North, Martyn Brabbins

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Tracklisting:

CD1

Scene 1 BRITISH CAMP ON THE MALVERN HILLS—NIGHT
1. Watchmen, alert!
2. Watchmen, alert! the King is here
3. Father! Sire and King
4. At eve to the greenwood
5. On the ocean and the river
6. Rest, weary monarch

Scene 2 THE SACRED OAK GROVE BY THE TOMB OF THE KINGS
7. Tread the mystic circle round
8. Invocation Lord of dread, and lord of pow’r
9. Bard, what read ye?
10. Leap, leap to light
11. Hence, ere the Druid’s wrath is woke

Scene 3 THE FOREST NEAR THE SEVERN—MORNING
12. Introduction The woodland interlude
13. Come! beneath our woodland bow’rs
14. O’er-arch’d by leaves
15. Last night beneath the sacred Oak
16. Come! beneath our woodland bow’rs


CD2

Scene 4 THE MALVERN HILLS
1. Wild rumours shake our calm retreat
2. When the glow of the evening
3. We were gather’d by the river
4. Lament O my warriors

Scene 5 THE SEVERN
5. Captive Britons, see them!

Scene 6 ROME
6. Processional music The march triumphal thunders
7. Unbind his hands
8. Heap torment upon torment
9. Slay, slay the Briton!
10. I plead not for myself
11. Grace from the Roman!
12. The clang of arms is over