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d'Erlanger: Prelude Romantique

Magazine article Gramophone

d'Erlanger: Prelude Romantique

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d'Erlanger Prelude romantique. Andante symphonique (a). Sursum corda!. Ballade (a). Concerto symphonique (b) (a) Guy Johnston vc (b) Victor Sangiorgio pf

BBC Concert Orchestra / Johannes Wildner Dutton Epoch [M] CDLX7300 (79' * DDD)


Dutton's release quadruples the d'Erlanger catalogue

German father, American mother, born in Paris, naturalised British (he lived most of his life in London), Baron Frederic d'Erlanger (1868-1943) combined the professions of banker and composer. An intriguing character --and, at a stroke, this disc more than quadruples all extant recordings of his music. Fritz Kreisler gave the British premiere of his Violin Concerto; Benno Moiseiwitsch championed the Piano Concerto heard here. D'Erlanger, as Lewis Foreman observes in his excellent booklet, clearly established a considerable musical presence in his lifetime.

The works here date from 1903 (Andante symphonique) to 1934 (Prelude romantique) but could have come from any time in the previous half-century. But if his harmonic language is conservative, d'Erlanger emerges as an extremely accomplished, agreeably undemanding composer whose orchestral pieces hover somewhere between high-class Ketelbey and low-grade Elgar. …

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