Elgar 'Pomp and Circustance Marches' Orchestral Favourites Volume 7
The first work which made Elgar's name well-known in London was the Imperial March he composed for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee on June 22nd 1897. A few years later, as the Edwardian era dawned in 1901, the first of the famous Pomp and Circumstance Marches appeared, although the set was not completed until 1930. They represent an important contribution to the honoured story of orchestral marches which features most of the great composers from Purcell onwards. The rhythms and associations of the march also permeate many a symphonic work in more subtle ways. Elgar himself was profoundly at one with this ethos: the great motto theme of his First Symphony, the second movement of the Second Symphony and innumerable pieces d'occasion prove the point ...
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5, Op.39 NI 7088 The Three Bavarian Dances are miniatures, works culled from Elgar’s choral suite From the Bavarian highlands written in the aftermath of trips by Elgar and his wife to Bavaria in the 1890s. Boughton treats these pieces with plenty of sympathy, and seems to have natural affinity with the music.
Boughton is nicely piquant in his performances and gets plenty of excitement into The Wild Bears with superlatively nimble string playing and nicely growling brass. Paul Corfield Godfrey – MusicWeb-International.com August 2012