Elgar: The Wand Of Youth, Nursery Suite / Judd, New Zealand

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A charming disc full of charming music, these light Elgar works seem to come and go in the catalog, undeservedly so. Like most great composers Elgar lavished as much care on his miniatures as he did on his large-scale productions, and some listeners may well prefer to enjoy his lyrical gifts and vivid orchestration in this easily digestible form. The performances are uniformly excellent, offering both lightness ("Fairy Pipers", "Little Bells", "The Merry Doll") and rambunctious high spirits ("The Wild Bears", "The Wagon (Passes)") where appropriate. James Judd's tempos tend to be a little slower than, say, Charles Mackerras' on his otherwise excellent Argo disc containing much of the same repertoire, but the music never drags and it's all easeful good fun. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra plays with obvious care and affection, and the recorded sound lives up to the current high standards coming from this source. The Judd/New Zealand partnership has given Naxos some of its best discs, and this one is no exception. --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

Product Description:

  • Release Date: April 01, 2004

  • Catalog Number: 8557166

  • UPC: 747313216628

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Sir Edward Elgar

  • Conductor: James Judd

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra