Wiegenlied Opus 49 No.4 Johannes Brahms Download 'Wiegenlied Opus 49 No.4' on iTunes
Music from the young Elgar for an asylum band. Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 24 March 2014.
In January 1879, the 21-year-old Edward Elgar was appointed Bandmaster at the Worcester County and City Asylum in the village of Powick. Elgar’s ensemble had its origins in a brass band, founded with instruments bought out of asylum funds. The enlightened doctors there were in no doubt that the music had a therapeutic effect on their patients and they therefore encouraged the young composer to get very involved in the life of the institution.
This album is a collection of the music Elgar composed whilst at Powick, all performed by the Innovation Chamber Ensemble - all members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - and many of the pieces here are world premiere recordings. The music is far from mature Elgar but has a lot charm and is very well played; and full marks to the performers and record company for bringing this rare music to light.