Elgar: King Olaf, The Banner of Saint George / Davis, Bergen
What a nice idea it was to have a Norwegian choir and orchestra performing English music about a Norse hero. The combined Norwegian choirs sing very well indeed in both works, and the Bergen Philharmonic plays with verve and distinction. Sir Andrew Davis is just the man for these assignments.
– MusicWeb International
There's nothing stilted about Elgar's music: it crackles with confident vitality...the Norwegian choruses respond with crisp vigor and superb English diction, only faintly (and appropriately) Scandinavian-tinged. Davis's expansive conducting and the excellent Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra bring out Elgar's vivid orchestral textures.
– BBC Music Magazine
Catalog Number: CHSA 5149(2)
Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edvard Grieg Choir
Performer: Alan Opie, Barry Banks, Emily Birsan