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Through Gold and Silver Clouds

Composer Frederick Delius
Sir Edward Elgar
Gustav Holst
Arwel Hughes
Peter Warlock
Performer Camerata Wales
Owain Arwel Hughes, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1589 CD
EAN 7318590015896
Format CD
Release date Feb 2007
Total time 67'33


Sir Edward Elgar once described the sensation of flying in an aeroplane to Frederick Delius: ‘There is a delightful feeling of elation in sailing through gold and silver clouds. It is, Delius, rather like your music – a little intangible sometimes, but always very beautiful.’ On this disc, Camerata Wales – consisting of some of today’s finest Welsh musicians – and conductor Owain Arwel Hughes bring together not only Elgar and Delius, but also Holst, Peter Warlock and Welsh composer Arwel Hughes (father of the conductor) in a programme which is certainly both elating and beautiful. St. Paul’s Suite and Capriol are both works that have proved almost impossible to sit still to while listening, while in Arwel Hughes’ Fantasia, based on ‘an old ecclesiastical theme’, it is an elegiac melody bathed in nostalgia that sets the tone. Delius’s Cuckoo and Summer Night are the most English of all English music – even though the river portrayed in the latter piece is actually French: the Loing, flowing past Delius’s home near Fontainebleau. These gems are framed by Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, one of his best-loved works and glowing with an identifiably Edwardian warmth throughout, and his Elegy, whose brevity (it lasts around five minutes) belies its depth of emotion.
 
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  Sir Edward Elgar
  Serenade in E minor for Strings, Op.20 13'14
01 I. Allegro piacevole 3'36
02 II. Larghetto 6'43
03 III. Allegretto 2'55
 
 
  Arwel Hughes
04 Fantasia in A minor for string orchestra 11'20
 
 
  Peter Warlock
  Capriol Suite for string orchestra 10'07
05 I. Basse-Danse 1'31
06 II. Pavane 2'06
07 III. Tordion 1'03
08 IV. Bransles 2'03
09 V. Pieds-en-l’air 2'26
10 VI. Mattachins 0'58
 
 
  Frederick Delius
11 On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring 7'06
 
 
  Frederick Delius
12 Summer Night on the River 6'17
 
 
  Gustav Holst
  St. Paul’s Suite for string orchestra, Op.29 No.2 11'53
13 I. Jig 3'02
14 II. Ostinato 1'51
15 III. Intermezzo 3'43
16 IV. Finale (The Dargason) 3'17
 
 
  Sir Edward Elgar
17 Elegy, Op.58 4'57
 
  Album total 67'33
ComposerDelius, Frederick
Elgar, Sir Edward
Holst, Gustav
Hughes, Arwel
Warlock, Peter
ConductorArwel Hughes, Owain
OrchestraCamerata Wales

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