Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures Op 37/The Music Makers Op 69 (Naxos Audio CD)

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Sea Pictures Op 37/The Music Makers Op 69 (Naxos Audio CD)

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Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Greg Beardsell, choirmaster
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Simon Wright, conductor


Written for the striking contralto Clara Butt, who gave the work’s première in a dress said to resemble a mermaid, Sea Pictures is Elgar’s only song cycle with orchestra. These exquisite miniatures depict the sea in all its guises, peaceful and storm-tossed by turns.

The heartfelt Where Corals Lie is perhaps the most remarkable three minutes in all of Elgar. Inspired by the notion that artists are the real creators and the true makers of history and society (‘We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams’), The Music Makers is a largely intimate and nostalgic work, which quotes several times from Elgar’s other compositions.



"A powerful Elgar pairing with Sarah Connolly in shining form throughout . . . Sea Pictures demands to be heard."
Gramophone, December 2006

"It's easy to understand why Naxos wanted a chance to record the velvet-voiced Sarah Connolly in Sea Pictures. For while she's best known in Baroque and classical repertoire (especially Handel), this rising star turns out to be a persuasive Elgarian too, shaping the phrases with a supple rythmic ebb and flow, with finely shaded dynamics, and with a seductive range of color"
Fanfare, May/June 2007


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Contents

The Music Makers Op 69: I. Introduction: Moderato II. We are the music makers III. With wonderful deathless ditties IV. We, in the ages lying V. A breath of our inspiration VI. They had no vision amazing VII. And therefore today is thrilling VIII. But we, with our dreaming and singing IX. For we are afar with the dawning X. Great hail! We cry to the corners Sea Pictures Op 37: I. Sea Slumber - Song II. In Haven (Capri) III. Sabbath Morning at Sea IV. Where Corals Lie V. The Swimmer