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Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004) [Re-Up]

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Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004) [Re-Up]

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004)
Hilary Hahn, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans ~ 165 Mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 474 5042 | Time: 01:06:04

Elgar’s Violin Concerto has a certain mystique about it independent of the knee-jerk obeisance it has received in the British press. It probably is the longest and most difficult of all Romantic violin concertos, requiring not just great technical facility but great concentration from the soloist and a real partnership of equals with the orchestra. And like all of Elgar’s large orchestral works, it is extremely episodic in construction and liable to fall apart if not handled with a compelling sense of the long line. In reviewing the score while listening to this excellent performance, I was struck by just how fussy Elgar’s indications often are: the constant accelerandos and ritards, and the minute (and impractical) dynamic indications that ask more questions than they sometimes answer. No version, least of all the composer’s own, even attempts to realize them all: it would be impossible without italicizing and sectionalizing the work to death.

William Boughton, English SO - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Cockaigne and Froissart Overtures (1989)

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William Boughton, English SO - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Cockaigne and Froissart Overtures (1989)

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Cockaigne and Froissart Overtures (1989)
English Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Boughton

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 229 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Nimbus Records | # NI 5206 | Time: 01:00:26

There are basically two ways in which conductors may approach the Enigma Variations. Either they can take the music at its face value, treating the set of variations as a symphonically developed whole; or they can treat the work as a series of miniature character sketches of Elgar’s “friends pictured within”, highlighting the personalities of the miscellaneous collection of individuals involved. William Boughton in this reading opts for the second option, and the result bubbles with life.

Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)

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Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)

Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 82:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2068 SACD | Recorded: 2013, 2017

It is striking that two of the true classics in English orchestral music were composed within the short space of some fifteen years around the turn of the previous century. Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations have charmed as well as fascinated listeners since the first performance in 1899. In 14 remarkably diverse variations Elgar demonstrates his compositional mastery while creating miniature portraits of his closest friends, as well as of his wife and himself. By turns gentle, idyllic, tempestuous and boisterous, the pieces – which often run seamlessly into each other – nevertheless make up a coherent whole, like a group portrait taken during a country weekend.

Inbal Segev, Marin Alsop, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Clyne: Dance; Elgar: Cello Concerto (2020)

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Inbal Segev, Marin Alsop, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Clyne: Dance; Elgar: Cello Concerto (2020)

Inbal Segev, Marin Alsop, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Clyne: Dance; Elgar: Cello Concerto (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 256 Mb | Total time: 54:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Avie Records | # AV2419 | Recorded: 2019

This formidable release features Inbal Segev performing Elgars emotive Cello Concerto coupled with DANCE, an inspiring new work by Grammy-nominated English composer Anna Clyne that was commissioned by Inbal. On this powerful recording, Marin Alsop conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Marin introduced Inbal to Anna, sparking a special synergy between the three women. While Anna was composing DANCE, a five-movement concerto inspired by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, further connections ensued.

Heinrich Schiff, Colin Davis, Neville Marriner - Antonín Dvořák, Edward Elgar: Cello Concertos (1990)

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Heinrich Schiff, Colin Davis, Neville Marriner - Antonín Dvořák, Edward Elgar: Cello Concertos (1990)

Heinrich Schiff, Colin Davis, Neville Marriner - Antonín Dvořák, Edward Elgar: Cello Concertos (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 265 Mb | Total time: 67:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 412 880-2 | Recorded: 1980, 1982

Heinrich Schiff gives a fine interpretation of both concertos and has suberb orchestral balance with two of the finest European orchestras – the Amsterdam Concergebouw under Colin Davis and the Dresden Statkapelle under Neville Marinner. Both orchestras have gorgeous sound and both conductors are extremely supportive at every turn.

Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

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Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.

Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Europakonzert 2014: Nicolai, Elgar, Tchaikovsky (2017)

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Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Europakonzert 2014: Nicolai, Elgar, Tchaikovsky (2017)

Daniel Barenboim Anniversary Edition - Europakonzert 2014: Nicolai, Elgar, Tchaikovsky (2017)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 100 min
Classical | EuroArts

The founding of the Berliner Philharmoniker on the first of May in 1882, is annually celebrated with a concert in an European city of cultural significance. In 2014 the EUROPAKONZERT took again place in Berlin. The concert was conducted by a man who has been associated with the Berliner Philharmoniker for 50 years: Daniel Barenboim. Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, which received its premiere in Berlin in 1849, is based on William Shakespeare’s comedy of the same name, and its lively overture has long since secured a place on the concert stage. Also inspired by a Shakespearean comedy hero is Edward Elgar’s symphonic study Falstaff. We then turn from comedy to the tragic twists of fate: The Fifth Symphony of Pyotr Tchaikovsky is characterized by a sombre main theme that for the Russian composer symbolizes “a complete resignation before fate, which is the same as the inscrutable predestination of fate”.

Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012) [Re-Up]

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Alisa Weilerstein; Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim - Elgar, Carter: Cello Concertos; Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012) [Re-Up]

Edward Elgar, Elliott Carter: Cello Concertos; Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei (2012)
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 2735 | Time: 01:02:25

Making her debut on Decca, Alisa Weilerstein presents three major works of the cello repertoire with Daniel Barenboim leading the Staatskapelle Berlin. The star vehicle, naturally, is Edward Elgar's Concerto in E minor, which Weilerstein plays with commanding presence, rich tone, and emotional depth. Most listeners will be drawn primarily to this performance because of the piece's familiarity, and Weilerstein's charisma and passionate playing make it the album's main attraction. Yet listeners should give Weilerstein and Barenboim credit for following the Elgar with an important if not instantly recognizable or approachable modernist work, Elliott Carter's powerful Cello Concerto. Weilerstein is quite bold to play this intensely dramatic and angular composition, and while it's unlikely to appeal to the majority of fans who adore the Elgar, it deserves its place on the program for its seriousness and extraordinary displays of solo and orchestral writing. To close, Weilerstein plays Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei, a Romantic work that returns the program to a mellow and melancholy mood and brings the CD to a satisfying close. Decca's reproduction is excellent, putting Weilerstein front and center with full resonance, but not leaving the vibrant accompaniment of the orchestra too far behind her.

Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

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Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)

Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Elgar: The Music Makers; The Spirit of England (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 270 Mb | Total time: 61:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos ‎| CHSA 5215 | Recorded: 2018

Distinguished British music interpreter Sir Andrew Davis joins forces with the BBCSO once again, this time with acclaimed soloists Dame Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples, in this thoughtful presentation of the last two substantial choral works of Sir Edward Elgar. The matury of Elgar as an orchestrator is obvious in both works on this album, notably, in 'The Music Makers' (1912), during passages in which he quotes from 'Sea Pictures' and the Violin Concerto, and in representing the sound of aircraft in 'The Spirit of England' (1917). Elgar uses self-quotation to reflect: 'The Music Makers' is a canvas of self-reflection, written quickly following a period of illness.

Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal, Charles Dutoit - Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Falstaff (1991)

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Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal, Charles Dutoit - Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Falstaff (1991)

Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Falstaff (1991)
Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal; Charles Dutoit, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 241-2 | Time: 01:03:23

A trim, at times, almost balletic Falstaff. If that seems a ludicrous contradiction, I should explain that it refers to Dutoit's spirited interpretation of the work, not the central character, though Falstaff himself has shed a few pounds in the process but is no less loveable. Indeed, Dutoit's swift tempo for the second section (at the Boar's Head) has the theme for Falstaff's 'cheerful look and pleasing eye' sounding less like Tovey's understandable misunderstanding of it as ''blown up like a bladder with sighing and grief''. The trimming down process is abetted by the Montreal sound, with lean, agile strings and incisive brass (the horns are magnificent). Some may feel a lack of warmth in the characterization. I certainly felt that the first presentation of Prince Harry's theme (0'40'') could have done with a richer string sonority. Doubtless, too, there will be collectors who, at moments, miss the generous humanity of Barbirolli, or the Straussian brilliance of Solti. And although Mackerras is wonderful in the dream interludes and Falstaff's death, the start of his fourth section, with Falstaff's rush to London only to be rejected by the new King, is short on teeming excitement and anticipation. (Gramophone)

London SCO, Richard Hickox, Soloists - Edward Elgar: The Kingdom; Sospiri; Sursum Corda (1989) 2CDs Re-release 2015

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London SCO, Richard Hickox, Soloists -  Edward Elgar: The Kingdom; Sospiri; Sursum Corda (1989) 2CDs Re-release 2015

Edward Elgar: The Kingdom; Sospiri; Sursum Corda (1989) 2CDs Re-release 2015
London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, conductor
Margaret Marshall, soprano; Felicity Palmer, mezzo-soprano; Arthur Davies, tenor
David Wilson-Johnson, bass; Roderick Elms, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 457 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 252 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 241-54 | Time: 01:48:44

Following the success of The Dream of Gerontius in 1900 and The Apostles in 1903, the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival commissioned Elgar to produce another large oratorio for the 1906 festival. The Kingdom continues the narrative of the lives of Jesus’ disciples, depicting the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events of the next few days. Although less frequently performed than The Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom is considered one of Elgar’s greatest choral works, and deserves to rank alongside it. This re-release of the 1989 recording also features Sursum Corda and Sospiri, two short, reflective instrumental pieces, release honors the legacy of the late English conductor Sir Richard Hickox.

BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Sea Pictures (2014) 2CDs

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BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Sea Pictures (2014) 2CDs

Edward Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius; Sea Pictures (2014) 2 CDs
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano; Stuart Skelton, tenor; David Soar, bass
BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 498 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 296 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5140(2) | Time: 02:04:44

Chandos Records is delighted to present this new recording of Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius and the enduringly popular song cycle Sea Pictures. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, a peerless Elgarian who this year was awarded the prestigious Elgar Society Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the composer’s music. In Gerontius the soloists are Stuart Skelton, David Soar and Sarah Connolly, who also sings in Sea Pictures. This recording was made in the days leading up to their triumphant live performance of Gerontius in April of this year in which Skelton was praised as ‘the ideal tenor for the role of Gerontius’, Soar described as ‘an implacable, dark sounding Priest’ and Connolly, ‘a consummately polished Angel’ (The Guardian).

King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)

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King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)

King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal Music | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD307 | Time: 01:05:48

Royal Rhymes and Rounds is the King's Singers' contribution to the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne in 2012. There are ballads, part songs, madrigals, rounds, and anthems written during the reigns of (and some also in honor of) Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Victoria, and Elizabeth II. The music from the times of Henry and Elizabeth I is especially strong since it was the era of a flowering of English song, which then lay relatively dormant for several centuries. The composers include such luminaries as William Cornysh, Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland, and Thomas Weelkes, as well as Henry himself, whose rousing ballad Pastime with good companie opens the album. It's in this transparent repertoire that the group sounds its absolute best. The singers' immaculate intonation, focused tone quality, and sensitive musicianship are remarkable.

Mischa Maisky, Giuseppe Sinopoli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)

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Mischa Maisky, Giuseppe Sinopoli - Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012)
Mischa Maisky, cello; Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 478 3619 GB | Time: 01:14:33

Enigma Variations is the work that secured Elgars reputation as a composer of international significance. The 14 variations are all character portraits of friends, including his wife and the composer himself, the most famous being the ninth, the achingly nostalgic Nimrod. The Cello Concerto is Elgars last substantial work and has become not only one of his best loved, but also one of the most popular concertos ever written for the instrument.

Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti - Kodaly: The Peacock Variations; Blacher: Paganini Variations; Elgar: Enigma Variations (1997)

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Vienna PO, Sir Georg Solti - Kodaly: The Peacock Variations; Blacher: Paganini Variations; Elgar: Enigma Variations (1997)

Zoltán Kodály: The Peacock Variations; Boris Blacher: Paganini Variations;
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: London/Decca | # 452 853-2 | Time: 01:07:41

Celebrating his half-century as a Decca artist, as well as his eighty-fifth birthday, Sir Georg Solti here offers a nicely autobiographical collection of three sets of variations: the Peacock Variations of Kodaly representing his Hungarian roots, the lively Paganini Variations of Blacher a recognition of his years as German citizen, and finally a tribute to his unique Britishness in Elgar's Enigma Variations. The disc is also a tribute to the Vienna Philharmonic and Solti's special relationship with that orchestra, with whom he recorded these live performances in the Musikverein last April. You have only to compare this warmly expressive, subtly nuanced, and deeply felt account of the Elgar with Solti's earlier Chicago version of 1974 to appreciate not only the quality of this great Viennese orchestra, but the way in which Solti has mellowed over the last two decades.