A rousing performance of Elgar’s Caractacus

Elgar: Caractacus

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Eigen), Elgan Llŷr Thomas (Orbin), Roland Wood (Caractacus), Christopher Purves (Arch-Druid, A Bard) & Alastair Miles (Claudius), Huddersfield Choral Society, Orchestra of Opera North, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

This work may not represent Elgar at his finest but Martyn Brabbins and the team at Hyperion are to be congratulated on bringing this to market. My only previous encounter with this work being a CD from Charles Groves and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra.

As expected the Huddersfield Choral Society are very much at home in this music and give a committed performance. The soloists are well suited to their roles and Roland Wood comes across particularly impressively as Caractacus. Martyn Brabbins leads proceedings with great conviction and the whole thing is hugely enjoyable – even if this is not the greatest of music! Recommended to all lovers of the music of Elgar.

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