Diving into Elgar's Seascape
Dame Janet Baker’s famous 1965 recording of Elgar’s Sea Picturesis the touchstone by which others are judged. Michael Quinntalks to two of today’s brightest mezzo-sopranos, Kathryn Rudge and Elīna Garanča, about their very different readings of the under-appreciated but beautiful, mysterious song cycle.
Composed and forever confined between two defining masterpieces, Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictureshas long been something of a Cinderella figure in the composer’s otherwise revered output. And, for that matter, in the story of the British art song.
A cycle of five songs that share images of the sea,...