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Elgar: Cello Concerto


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From Arturo Toscanini and Sir John Barbirolli to Riccardo Muti and Antonio Pappano in our own time, Italian-heritage performers have often brought special qualities of sympathy and understanding to Edward Elgar’s (1857-1934) music. Now comes a new recording made in the ‘boot’ of southern Italy, lending Mediterranean warmth and passion to a trio of Elgarian masterpieces. The Sicilian-born cellist Giovanni Sollima has made well-received albums for Brilliant Classics of music by Offenbach (94475) and by his father Eliodoro Sollima (96287). His latest recording, made at the Teatro Politeama in the one-time ‘lace capital’ of Europe, Catanzaro, illuminates one of the core works of the cello literature with an affecting sense of line and sensitivity to the melancholy introversion which colors every bar of the Concerto composed by Elgar in the wake of the First World War. Twenty years earlier, Elgar’s reputation was secured with audiences across Europe and America through the whirlwind success of his “Enigma” Variations. The stoic beauty of ‘Nimrod’, the gentle wit of ‘Dorabella’ and the nervous excitement and pride of the autobiographical finale spoke directly to listeners who would never know the composer or his ‘friends pictured within’. The agitated, impassioned voice of Elgar in the Variations belonged to its end-of-Empire time and place, orchestrated with a mastery which would soon draw the admiration of Richard Strauss and many more musicians on the other side of the English Channel. Even that quintessential expression of Englishness, the first of five marches which Elgar collected under the Shakesperean banner of “Pomp and Circumstance” and later repurposed to set ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ for the finale of his Coronation Ode, won the composer standing ovations when he conducted it in concerts across mainland Europe. Under the affectionate baton of their music director Filippo Arlia, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria interpret Elgar’s music with a sensitivity and extroversion worthy of the composer.
Facts
Item number BRI96039
Barcode 5028421960395
Release date 10/22/2021
Category Orchestral
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Sollima, Giovanni
Arlia, Filippo
Orchestra Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
Disc: 1
Pomp and Circumstance, Op. 3900:09:54
1 5 Military Marches, Op. 39, "Pomp and Circumstance 00:06:45 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 8500:30:00
2 I. Adagio 00:07:47 Sollima, Giovanni Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
3 II. Lento 00:04:25 Sollima, Giovanni Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
4 III. Adagio 00:04:55 Sollima, Giovanni Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
5 IV. Allegro 00:11:00 Sollima, Giovanni Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma"00:16:15
6 Theme: Andante 00:01:53 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
7 Variation 1: C. A. E. (The Composer's Wife) 00:02:05 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
8 Variation 2: H. D. S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell) 00:01:00 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
9 Variation 3: R. B. T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) 00:01:36 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
10 Variation 4: W. M. B. (William Meath Baker) 00:00:33 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
11 Variation 5: R. P. A. (Richard Penrose Arnold) 00:02:26 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
12 Variation 6: Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) 00:01:19 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
13 Variation 7: Troyte (Troyte Griffith) 00:01:11 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
14 Variation 8: W. N. (Winifred Norbury) 00:02:18 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
15 Variation 9: Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger) 00:05:14 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
16 Variation 10: Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) 00:02:47 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
17 Variation 11: G. R. S. (George Robertson Sinclair) 00:01:09 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
18 Variation 12: B. G. N. (Basil G. Nevinson) 00:02:35 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
19 Variation 13: Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon) 00:02:58 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
20 Variation 14: Finale: E. D. U. (The Composer) 00:06:40 Arlia, Filippo Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria
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