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Elgar Orchestral Songs in November 2018 Gramophone

Explore “…Dutch baritone Henk Neven and mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge… are excellently supported in turn by Barry Wordsworth and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Liverpool-born Rudge is in refulgent voice for the darkly passionate Op 60 diptych of 1910, while it’s hard to imagine more sheerly beguiling renderings of either ‘The Wind at Dawn’ (1888) or ‘Pleading’ […]

BBC Music Magazine Reviews The Hills of Dreamland

Explore “…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 […]

September Releases in the Gramophone Listening Room

James Jolly adds both of our new Charles Villiers Stanford and Elgar releases to his weekly “Listening Room” playlist on Gramophone: “Sir Charles Villiers Stanford’s Seventh String Quartet came as quite a surprise – beautifully constructed (no surprise) but so eloquent and passionate. I’ve always loved Kathryn Rudge’s rich mezzo voice and have long wanted […]

EuropaDisc Reviews The Hills of Dreamland

Europadisc has a rave new and sale for our The Hills of Dreamland: Elgar Orchestral Songs recording: “Lovers of Elgar’s music have good reason to be thankful to the Somm label for a string of releases in recent years, ranging from rarities to some exceptional restorations of recordings by the composer himself. Now comes another […]

First Review for The Hills of Dreamland

Classical Iconoclast offers the first review for our September 2018 release, The Hills of Dreamland — Elgar Orchestral Songs: “Those who have treasured SOMM’s first collection of Elgar songs for voice (with Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Christopher Maltmann, Neal Mackie and Malcolm Martineau) will seek this out, for they make good companion pieces. In any case, there […]