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Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Metamorphosen Berlin - Very British: Elgar, Britten, Warlock, Jenkins (2021)

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Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Metamorphosen Berlin - Very British: Elgar, Britten, Warlock, Jenkins (2021)

Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Metamorphosen Berlin - Very British: Elgar, Britten, Warlock, Jenkins (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 78:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 19439873312 | Recorded: 2019, 2020

The new recording is entirely dedicated to British music and offers a great selection of works by famous but also lesser-known composers: recorded are works by Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Peter Warlock (1894-1930) and Karl Jenkins (b. 1944). The album opens with the earliest masterpiece, the famous Serenade in E minor for string orchestra by Edward Elgar, one of the greatest British composers and leading European composers of his generation. Among the hallmarks of Elgar's compositions are ingratiating character pieces that often share elements with English folk music.

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 | 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.

George Hurst, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Coronation March (1997)

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George Hurst, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Coronation March (1997)

George Hurst, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Coronation March (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 58:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553564 | Recorded: 1995

George Hurst with the Bournemouth orchestra inspires richly expressive playing, full of subtle rubato which consistently sounds natural and idiomatic, never self-conscious. Like Elgar himself, he tends to press ahead rather than linger, as in the great climactic variation in Enigma", Nimrod, as well as in the finale and in the overture, In the South". The Coronation March also inspires an opulent, red-blooded performance, and the recording throughout is rich and sumptuous.

Edward Downes, BBC Philharmonic - Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (1994)

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Edward Downes, BBC Philharmonic - Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (1994)

Edward Downes, BBC Philharmonic - Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 212 Mb | Total time: 56:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550635 | Recorded: 1993

Here's further proof that Edward Downes is an Elgarian to be reckoned with. This account of the Second Symphony is up there with the very best. In the first movement, Downes steers a clear-sighted course: here's the same unexaggerated, splendidly authoritative conception heard from this conductor in the concert hall. Unlike some rivals on record, Downes resists the temptation to give too much too soon, and this feeling of power in reserve lends an extra cumulative intensity to the proceedings; indeed, the coda here is absolutely thrilling. The ensuing Larghetto sees Downes striking a near-perfect balance between introspection and heart-warming passion. Both the Rondo and finale are ideally paced – the former not too hectic, the latter flowing to perfection, culminating in an epilogue of rare delicacy.

George Hurst, BBC Philharmonic - Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1, Imperial March (1993)

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George Hurst, BBC Philharmonic - Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1, Imperial March (1993)

George Hurst, BBC Philharmonic - Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 1, Imperial March (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 201 Mb | Total time: 53:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.550634 | Recorded: 1992

On the bargain Naxos label comes a warmly sympathetic version of the Symphony No. 1 from the BBC Philharmonic under George Hurst. Masterly with Elgarian rubato, he refreshingly chooses speeds faster than have become the norm, closer to those of Elgar himself. No one will be disappointed with Hurst’s powerful reading, well coupled with the Imperial March.

David Lloyd-Jones, English Northhern Philarmonia - Edward Elgar: Falstaff, Elegy, The Sanguine Fan (1999)

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David Lloyd-Jones, English Northhern Philarmonia - Edward Elgar: Falstaff, Elegy, The Sanguine Fan (1999)

David Lloyd-Jones, English Northhern Philarmonia - Edward Elgar: Falstaff, Elegy, The Sanguine Fan (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 195 Mb | Total time: 56:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.553879 | Recorded: 1996

Rich, full Naxos sound with high dynamic contrasts adds satisfying weight to David Lloyd-Jones’s taut and dramatic account of Elgar’s elaborate Shakespearean portrait. Speeds are often on the fast side, but idiomatically so, with a natural feeling for Elgarian rubato and spring rhythms. Both in Falstaff and in The Sanguine Fan, Lloyd-Jones draws fragmented structures warmly and persuasively together so that the late ballet-score emerges strongly, not just a trivial, occasional piece. The beautiful Elegy is most tenderly done, modest in length but no miniature. An outstanding bargain, competing with all premium-price rivals.

Janine Jansen, Antonio Pappano - 12 Stradivari (2021)

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Janine Jansen, Antonio Pappano - 12 Stradivari (2021)

Janine Jansen, Antonio Pappano - 12 Stradivari (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 284 Mb | Total time: 59:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 485 1605 | Recorded: 2020

Janine Jansen embarks on a journey recording on 12 of the world's most precious instruments. "All 12 violins are by the master Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari and have been played by an encyclopedic list of great violinists. Each of them has its own distinctive sound and character which violinists normally have months, if not years, to respond to and make their own. Jansen had only a matter of days with these violins before going into the recording studio accompanied by Sir Antonio Pappano.

Gabriel Schwabe, Christopher Ward, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra - Elgar, Bridge: Cello Concertos (2021)

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Gabriel Schwabe, Christopher Ward, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra - Elgar, Bridge: Cello Concertos (2021)

Gabriel Schwabe, Christopher Ward, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra - Elgar, Bridge: Cello Concertos (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 298 Mb | Total time: 56:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.574320 | Recorded: 2020

These two masterpieces are shadowed by the events of the First World War. Elgar’s Cello Concerto, an intensely poignant, reflective and individual musical statement, has enjoyed unflagging popularity among musicians and listeners for over 100 years. By contrast, Frank Bridge’s Oration (Concerto elegiaco) remained unperformed for decades after its early hearings. Yet it shares spiritual affinities with Elgar’s work and serves as a funeral address of huge solemnity and narrative power in its outcry against the futility of war.

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005)

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Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005)

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts (2005)
Max Bruch, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 394 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 31049 2 1 | Time: 01:09:33

Medieval Baebes and other far greater shocks to the bourgeoisie have come along. Wild adventures placed under the rubric of performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons are commonplace. Yet Nigel Kennedy continues to roost atop the classical sales charts in Europe, and even to command a decent following in the U.S. despite a low American tolerance for British eccentricity. How does he do it? He has kept reinventing himself successfully. Perhaps he's the classical world's version of Madonna: he's possessed of both unerring commercial instincts and with enough of a sense of style to be able to dress them up as forms of rebellion. Inner Thoughts is a collection of slow movements – inner movements of famous concertos from Bach and Vivaldi to Brahms, Bruch, and Elgar.

Daniel Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker, Igor Levit - Sommernachtskonzert 2021 [Blu-ray]

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Daniel Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker, Igor Levit - Sommernachtskonzert 2021 [Blu-ray]

Daniel Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker, Igor Levit - Sommernachtskonzert 2021 [Blu-ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 21960 kbps / 1080i / 29.970 fps | 97 min | 20 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3547 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 97 min | 6,78 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Sony Classical

The Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2021, conducted by Daniel Harding with Igor Levit as soloist, was recorded again this year by Sony Classical. The Summer Night Concert, which took place on June 18, 2021, is an outdoor concert held annually since 2008, following the "Concert for Europe" held from 2004 to 2007. The baroque park of Schönbrunn Palace provides an enchanting backdrop for the concert. Among the illustrious conductors who have conducted the Vienna Philharmonic's Summer Night Concert in recent years are Georges Prêtre, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov and Gustavo Dudamel.

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

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

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.

Renaud Capuçon, Guillaume Bellom - Un violon à Paris (2021)

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Renaud Capuçon, Guillaume Bellom - Un violon à Paris (2021)

Renaud Capuçon, Guillaume Bellom - Un violon à Paris (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 80:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190296520013 | Recorded: 2021

This album of popular short pieces provides a memento of the first French lockdown in 2020: Renaud Capuçon and pianist Guillaume Bellom performed on social media each day, raising the spirits of their fans. Ideal for streaming, the collection includes music by Enrico Morricone, Charlie Chaplin, Carlos Gardel, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Schumann.

Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)

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Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)

Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 263 Mb | Total time: 66:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx | # ONYX 4205 | Recorded: 2018

One of the happiest results of the influx of Russian talent into Britain has been conductor Vasily Petrenko's tenure with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which he has led since 2009 and brought into the league of the major London orchestras. His recordings for the fine independent Onyx label have all been notable, but this one, featuring Elgar's Enigma Variations, Op. 36, is especially strong. Surely Petrenko did not have the Enigma Variations in his blood, and you might offhand expect him to make them sound like Tchaikovsky. Not a bit of it; this is a lean, light, and beautifully sculpted Enigma Variations, where sentiment emerges where it is warranted (sample the flowing and famous "Nimrod" variation) but is otherwise held in reserve, and each of the character sketches that make up the work have a vivid, lively quality.

London PO, Richard Armstrong - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Serenade, Intro & Allegro (1986) Reissue 1995

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London PO, Richard Armstrong - Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Serenade, Intro & Allegro (1986) Reissue 1995

Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, Serenade, Intro & Allegro (1986) Reissue 1995
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Belart | # 461 112-2 10 | Time: 00:58:21

Of all England's living Knight-Conductors, Richard Armstrong is perhaps least represented on record. For 13 years, director of the Welsh National opera, he is best known for his work in that medium with just a handful of recordings.
In 1986, Marks and Spencer the famous department store decided to make its own in-house recording of the Enigma Variations coupled with the Introduction and Allegro and Serenade for Strings and booked Armstrong into EMI's Abbey Road Studios in July with the London Philharmonic to record this disc. The London Philharmonic had this music in its bones by then thanks to Adrian Boult and others, but Armstrong coaxed versions from them that are uniquely his own. Midway between Boult and Barbirolli, Armstrong's interpretations are scrupulously played but also at moments energetic, thoughtful and above all heartfelt. You get the feeling this conductors connects with the music.

Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Hope (2021)

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Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Hope (2021)

Daniel Hope, Zürcher Kammerorchester - Hope (2021)
EZ | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 366 Mb | Total time: 77:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 0541 | Recorded: 2020

In this album called “Hope”, created during lockdown, violinist Daniel Hope presents a highly personal, yet distinctive collection of timeless classics by Schubert, Elgar and Pärt, several beloved traditional songs in stunning new instrumental versions and a brand-new arrangement of the inspiring and spiritual Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramírez. “Music has a tremendous power,” says Daniel Hope. “This album is my attempt to send out a ray of hope and to provide people, myself included, with a sense of support and perhaps even consolation.” Well-known favourites from Hope’s childhood such as Amazing Grace and Danny Boy are as integral to this album as Schubert’s Die Nacht and “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Several different periods are illuminated in this way, and the same is true of the most disparate styles and musical contexts. Daniel Hope is joined by the Zürcher Kammerorchester as well as prestigious singers like the vocal ensemble Amarcord, baritone Thomas Hampson and jazz-singer Colin Rich.