Album: Elgar, The Starlight Express - Davis/SCO (Chandos)

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Elgar's incidental music to Violet Pearn's 1915 play is lovingly restored by Sir Andrew Davis and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with singers Elin Manahan Thomas and Roderick Williams.

To replace Pearn's dialogue, Davis has crafted a narration based on Algernon Henry Blackwood's grittier original story, and has orchestrated three long-lost songs by Clive Carey. Elgar's score has an ageless freshness, and concludes with a handsome "The First Nowell".