Edward Elgar

Carillon, for reciter, organ & orchestra, Op. 75

    Description by Hector Bellman

    In 1914 the Great War started. England was impressed by the role played by Belgium. There were collections being made for Belgian charities and Elgar was asked for a contribution. He chose to set the poem "Carillon" by Emile Cammaerts. His setting took the form of a dramatic recitation. He wrote an orchestral prelude and a series of interludes to be played between the verses. The work was performed in December 1914 and arose great enthusiasm. There is a dancing rhythm pulsating throughout the piece, while bells peal in celebratory mood. An exhilarating piece.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2016 Hyperion CDA 68101
    2015 Somm SOMMCD 255
    2012 Broken Audio BRAUR 0172
    2012 SOMM SOMM 247
    2011 Music & Arts CD 1257
    2007 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099950360
    2005 Pearl 9602
    2004 Ltm/cd41 / CD41 9
    2004 Priory Records 778
    1999 Pearl 9951
    1997 Raven 94
    1995 Gothic Records 49076
    Priory Records 5037