Magazine article Gramophone

Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op 37

Magazine article Gramophone

Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op 37

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Elgar

Sea Pictures, Op 37 (a). Polonia, Op 76. Five Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op 39 (a) Alice Coote mez Halle Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder Halle (F) CDHLL7536 (65' * DDD * T)

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Alice Coote, partnered with exquisite grace and scrupulous care by Mark Elder and the Halle, gives us a Sea Pictures of arresting character and flawless technical control. Some may occasionally find her delivery of the text a little too knowing (not a criticism that can be levelled at either Janet Baker or Sarah Connolly), but her keen dramatic instinct and darkly sumptuous tone (especially in the lower reaches) give enormous pleasure throughout. Elder's patient, supple and unfailingly cogent support affords Coote ample breathing space and positively glints with newly studded detail. If I do have just one other tiny regret, it concerns the opulent closing pages of 'Sabbath Morning at Sea', where I always crave the irresistible heft provided by Elgar's optional organ part (such a memorable component on Vernon Handley's LPO account with Bernadette Greevy--CfP, 11/81). …

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