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Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)

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Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)

Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No.2; 'The Crown of India' Suite (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 287 Mb | Total time: 68:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 6523 | Recorded: 1977, 1978

Gibson’s virile, plain-speaking account of Elgar’s glorious Second Symphony refreshes in its directness and honesty. Included also is a sumptuous rendering of the rare Crown of India suite.

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.

Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch, Orchestra of Opera North - Bassoon Concertos (2008)

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Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch, Orchestra of Opera North - Bassoon Concertos (2008)

Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch, Orchestra of Opera North - Bassoon Concertos (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 63:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 10477 | Recorded: 2007

Karen Geoghegan, runner-up in the BBC’s Classical Star programme is on a mission to promote the bassoon repertoire. This, her debut CD, is an ideal starting point. From the opening bars, the quality of the recording is self-evident, with a well balanced and excellently produced orchestral sound. By the time the bassoon enters, one is already immersed in quality, and it is easy to question whether a young performer such as Geoghegan can match those standards. Not only does she match them, she surpasses them. Her sound quality is extraordinary, proving her argument that the bassoon is deeply expressive, worthy of being taken seriously as a solo instrument.

Jacqueline Du Pré - Les introuvables de Jacqueline Du Pré, Vol. 1 (1994)

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Jacqueline Du Pré - Les introuvables de Jacqueline Du Pré, Vol. 1 (1994)

Jacqueline Du Pré - Les introuvables de Jacqueline Du Pré, Vol. 1 (1994)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:48:28 | 1.2 Gb
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | Catalog: 7243 5 68133 2 8

Widely regarded as the definitive interpretation of the Elgar Cello Concerto, Jacqueline Du Pré's landmark 1965 recording of it is included in this unique compilation. Extending the musical range of the cello repertoire, from fine, exquisite cello suites by Bach to grand orchestral visions of Dvorák and Saint-Saëns, this CD set is not to be missed by fans of Du Pré's warm, brilliant interpretations. This collection, composed of the great works for the cello, is a must have in any serious classical music fan's library. It is an even better collection for the "newbie" to the genre. Jacqueline du Pre was undoubtedly one of the greatest artist of the century and her passion is well documented in this collection.

Charles Mackerras, London Philarmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff Op.68, Enigma Variations Op.36 (1998)

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Charles Mackerras, London Philarmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff Op.68, Enigma Variations Op.36 (1998)

Charles Mackerras, London Philarmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Falstaff Op.68, Enigma Variations Op.36 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 255 Mb | Total time: 64:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | # 5 72553 2 | Recorded: 1985

At the end of an overlong day laden with teaching and other duties, Edward Elgar lit a cigar, sat at his piano and began idling over the keys. To amuse his wife, the composer began to improvise a tune and played it several times, turning each reprise into a caricature of the way one of their friends might have played it or of their personal characteristics. "I believe that you are doing something which has never been done before," exclaimed Mrs. Elgar. Thus was born one of music's great works of original conception, and Elgar's greatest large-scale "hit": the Enigma Variations. The enigma is twofold: each of the 14 variations refers to a friend of Elgar's, who is depicted by the nature of the music, or by sonic imitation of laughs, vocal inflections, or quirks, or by more abstract allusions. The other enigma is the presence of a larger "unheard" theme which is never stated but which according to the composer is very well known. The identity of the phantom tune left the world with the composer, and guesses have ranged from "God Save the King" to a simple major scale.

Sakari Oramo, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No. 2, Sospiri, Elegy (2013)

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Sakari Oramo, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No. 2, Sospiri, Elegy (2013)

Sakari Oramo, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No. 2, Sospiri, Elegy (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 63:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-1879 | Recorded: 2011, 2012

The main work on the present disc is the Second Symphony – a darkly hued, powerful work lasting almost an hour. The composer apparently planned to dedicate it to King Edward VII as ‘a loyal tribute’, but the monarch’s sudden death in May 1910, led to the symphony being inscribed instead to his memory. Composed during the same years as the symphony, the two companion pieces on the disc also have a melancholy tinge: Elegy for strings, and Sospiri (‘sighs’) for strings, harp and organ.