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Elgar: King Olaf; The Banner of Saint George - Alan Opie (baritone); Barry Banks (tenor); Emily Birsan (soprano); Bergen Philharmonic Choir (choir, chorus);...
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  1. Scenes from The Saga of King Olaf, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 30
  2. Scenes from The Saga of King Olaf, cantata for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 30
  3. The Banner of St George, ballad for chorus, organ & orchestra, Op. 33
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The two large choral works here date from early in Edward Elgar's career, before he broke through with the Enigma Variations in 1899. Both are substantial secular cantatas; Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf was composed for the Staffordshire Choral Festival in 1896, and The Banner of Saint George marked the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The nearly 110-minute King Olaf is the better work of the two; The Banner of Saint George, a romantic Crusader tale, has a singsong quality set to a doggerel-like text. The text of King ...

Elgar: King Olaf; The Banner of Saint George 2015, Chandos

UPC: 095115514924

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