Elegy

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Label: QUARTZ MUSIC
Catalog: QTZ2163
Format: COMPACT DISC

National Symphony Orchestra Philip Dukes Jean Kelly

That there is indeed something of the ethereal, of the timeless, and of the indefinable pervading all of the music heard on this CD instantly calls into question our shared notions of what the term Elegy actually signifies. Here, the listener will encounter none of the unutterable despair of, for example, Samuel Barber’s great Adagio for Strings, or the tortured valediction of Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen, but rather an introspection and wistfulness of an altogether gentler sort. As the poet Thomas Gray expressed it in his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751), 'Perhaps in this neglected spot is laid some heart once pregnant with celestial fire; Hands that the rod of empire might have swayed, or waked to ecstasy the living lyre.'

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