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Published on Jul 17, 2011
This performance was given by the North London Chorus, directed by Murray Hipkin, accompanied by Catherine Borner, at St James's Church, Muswell Hill, London in 2010. Recording is courtesy of Shaun Davies. Edward Elgar's settings of six poems by his wife, Alice, From the Bavarian Highlands, show the lighter side of a composer more often associated with massed choirs and epic religious oratorios. Words and music were inspired by several holidays the Elgars took in the popular Alpine resorts of Oberstdorf and Garmisch and the finished piece was first performed at the Worcester Festival in 1896. Neither text nor music contains one syllable or semiquaver of authentic Bavarian folksong, but even allowing for the superiority of the husband's music over his wife's verse, the influence and deep love of the area is entirely apparent in these delightful, yet rarely performed miniatures.