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Elgar: The Spirit of England - Andrew Kennedy (tenor); Iain Farrington (organ); Susan Gritton (soprano); BBC Symphony Chorus (choir, chorus);...
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  1. The Spirit of England, songs (3) for soprano/tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op. 80
  2. Elegy for Strings "In Memoriam Rupert Brooke"
  3. War Elegy, for orchestra
  4. The Chivalry of the Sea, for chorus & orchestra
  5. Out of the Mist, for orchestra
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Epoch has gathered five pieces by British composers written in response to the Great War. There is no chest-thumping nationalism evident here, but deeply sad portraits of the devastation of war. The centerpiece is Elgar's three-movement cantata, The Spirit of England, for soprano, tenor, chorus, and orchestra, based on freshly written poetry by Laurence Binyon. The subject matter and the poetry inspired a passion in Elgar that's not always apparent in his music and they give this piece an irresistible urgency. The cantata ...

Elgar: The Spirit of England 2007, Dutton Vocalion

UPC: 765387717223