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.
Description by Hector Bellman
|2012||Broken Audio||BRAUR 0172|
|2011||Music & Arts||CD 1257|
|2007||EMI Classics / Warner Classics||5099950360|
|2004||Ltm/cd41 / CD41||9|