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
Hyperion CDA 68254 @ £14.25 plus P&P
The Sunday Times, CD of the Week “Roland Wood is a commanding Caractacus, with clarion tone and eloquent diction, admirably supported by the limpid Elizabeth Llewellyn (as his daughter Eigen).”
Gramophone “This is particularly memorable in the opening chorus of scene 1 and the stirring music of the triumphal march in scene 6.”
British Music Society “The chorus sing with splendid conviction, firmness of tone, and energy. This is as good as choral singing gets. And there are no complaints about the orchestral playing or of Martyn Brabbins’ grasp of the score
About this recording …
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.