Edward Elgar

Pieces (2) ("Chanson de matin" & "Chanson de nuit"), for violin & piano (later orchestrated), Op. 15

    Description by Wayne Reisig

    While house-hunting in 1899, Elgar composed and sent to his publisher Novello the Chanson de matin as an obvious companion to his earlier Chanson de nuit (1897). Perhaps the composer wrote the work with an eye toward defraying the cost of his new abode, for salon music was where the big money was at the time. Indeed, this pair of pieces were among Elgar's best known works in the early part of the twentieth century, before electronic media brought his more ambitious works to the attention of a larger audience. In any case, the agreeable Chanson de matin did quite well for its creator, whose star was at the time on the rise.

    Against the piano's syncopated accompaniment, the violin intones a pleasant, winsome melody, as balmily sunny as a fair morning, and seeming as if it had been composed in a brighter time. A curiously anxious downward spiral which occurs midpoint seems very out of place until at the end of the recapitulation an ascension in the corresponding place makes the design of the miniature clear, taking this "morning stroll" happily to its destination.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Chanson de Nuit
    2. Chanson de Matin

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Naxos 8504053
    2018 Hallé HLL 7548
    2018 Solo Musica SM 288
    2018 ABC Classics 4817517
    2018 ABC Classics ABC 4817519
    2016 Loft Recordings LRCD 1146
    2016 Decca
    2016 Decca 4789386 DH
    2015 MDG Gold MDGCD 3161907
    2015 Naxos 8573250
    2013 The Gift of Music CCLCDG 1272
    2013 Chandos CHAN 10796
    2012 Warner Classics
    2012 Chandos CHAN 10708
    2011 Decca
    2011 Naxos 8572643
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099963160
    2010 Sony Classical 88697707282
    2010 Teldec / Warner Bros. 67779
    2010 Denon Records
    2009 Chandos 30
    2007 LPO 16
    2007 Rhino
    2007 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099950360
    2006 Naxos 8557577
    2006 Naxos 8557984
    2006 Haenssler 98212
    2004 Decca 315512
    2004 Naxos 8 557048
    2003 Chandos 24113
    2002 Upbeat 136
    2000 Guild 7202
    2000 Black Box Classics 1016
    2000 Motette 12501
    2000 Carlton 2017
    1999 ATMA Classique 22214
    1999 Chandos CHAN241-4
    1999 Meridian Records 84416
    1998 Dutton Vocalion CDK1203
    1998 Arte Nova 46494
    1998 Chandos 9624
    1997 Teldec 0630-17785-2
    1997 BELART 4613542
    1996 Meridian Records 84330
    1996 Nimbus 7029
    1994 Teldec 92374
    1994 EMI Music Distribution 68008
    1993 Arabesque 6563
    1991 EMI Classics 64013
    1991 Chandos 8380
    Chandos 6544
    Cala / Cala Records CACD 77016
    HMV Classics 573383
    IMP Classics 1039
    Eufoda 1180
    Nimbus 5008
    London 289458123-1
    Denon Records 18078
    London 425210