“…these ‘snapshots’ offer an unusually rounded portrait of Elgar. One strikingly effective song is ‘The Wind at Dawn’. Elgar’s 1888 setting of a poem by his soon-to-be wife Caroline Alice Roberts, heard in its magnificent 1912 orchestration, all the more memorable for mezzo Kathryn Rudge’s very distinctive singing. Indeed, Rudge generally has the best items, including the dramatic Op. 60 settings of Elgar’s own texts in ‘East European folk’ style; and the nobly restrained ‘Pleading’. … Barry Collett – author of informative booklet notes – accompanies with panache.”
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