ELGAR: Falstaff, Songs, Op.59 & Op. 60, Two Movements from ‘Grania and Diarmid’, Op.42 (1901) To my Friend Henry J. Wood
Gramophone “This is Andrew Davis’s third recording of Elgar’s Falstaff. It is, not to beat about the bush, a superbly perceptive traversal, evincing a strength of purpose, emotional candour and meticulous attention to detail that give it the edge over its notable predecessors…All told, a terrific anthology, and absolutely not to missed.”
Classical Source “Baritone Roderick Williams has just the right voice for the three restrained Op 59 songs, while the two of Op 60, orchestrated by the composer, burst with power and nobility. All of the vocal contributions are sterling… to end the disc with the 49- second Smoking Cantata is pure genius.”
Sir Andrew Davis takes his multi-award-winning Elgar discography to the next level with breathtaking interpretations of Falstaff, Elgar’s most accomplished and characteristic work, and several orchestral songs, with exemplary support from the BBC Philharmonic and Roderick Williams, all recorded in surround-sound.
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