Elgar: Caractacus & Severn Suite / Howarth, Hickox, London Symphony

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This release is a re-issue of a 1992 recording, when Richard Hickox was serving as Associate Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. Elgar wrote his Caractacus in 1898 for the Leeds Festival. The work shows his invention and orchestration skills, foreshadowing his most famous work, the Enigma Variations. A review by Gramophone asserted that “There can be nothing but praise for Richard Hickox’s fluent, sensitive direction and enthusiastic, full-blooded backcloth provided by the LSO… A typically ripe, wide-ranging Chandos recording into the bargain.”



Although the work itself is uneven, this 1992 recording is yet another classic recording from the late maestro, and well worth hearing when done as brilliantly as this.

– MusicWeb International

Product Description:

  • Release Date: August 26, 2016

  • Catalog Number: CHAN 241-58

  • UPC: 095115245828

  • Label: Chandos

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Composer: Sir Edward Elgar

  • Conductor: Richard Hickox

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra

  • Performer: Alastair Miles, Arthur Davies, David Wilson-Johnson, Judith Howarth, Stephen Roberts