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COMPOSERS: Elgar/Lambert
LABELS: Decca Ovation
WORKS: Songs from The Starlight Express; Dream Children; Sea Pictures; The Rio Grande
PERFORMER: Alison Hagley (soprano), Della Jones (mezzo-soprano), Bryn Terfel (bass), Kathryn Stott (piano); WNO Orchestra, RPO/Charles Mackerras, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth
CATALOGUE NO: 452 324-2 1992/4
Swift reissues of early Nineties recordings. Mackerras responds splendidly to these theatrical and dramatic scores, proving that Elgar’s Starlight Express ‘tunes are still entrancing’, while Bryn Terfel can move us close to tears when he catches ‘the children dancing with the sprites beneath the moon’. Della Jones employs her wide vocal range imaginatively to provide tender and thrillingly intense Sea Pictures. These Dream Children are without peer and Wordsworth’s view of Lambert’s popular Rio Grande is exciting and colourful. Ian Lace