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Track(s) taken from CDH55147
Recording details: May 1988
Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1988
Total duration: 2 minutes 49 seconds

'The Worcester performances are near ideal … vividly atmospheric recording' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Ave Maria, Op 2 No 2
composer
1887
author of text
Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
When Elgar left school at the age of fifteen his father asked his friend W A Allen, a local solicitor and the treasurer of St George’s, if he had a position for the young Edward. Elgar thus worked, as what appears to have been office boy and clerk, but left after a year. When Allen died in January 1887 Elgar marked it with a funeral setting from the Requiem Mass for the choir of St George’s, subsequently resetting it to the words of Ave verum in 1902. Ave Maria was similarly written for St George’s and revised with Ave verum for publication in 1902 when the opus number was allocated. The music for Ave Maria is dedicated to Mrs H A Leicester, wife of his friend Hubert Leicester.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2007


Other albums featuring this work
'Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works' (CDA67593)
Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works

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