Edward Elgar

Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004)

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) ~ 306 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 70 Mb
Genre: 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.
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) ~ 480 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 265 Mb (incl 5%) | 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) 2 CDs

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) ~ 522 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 312 Mb (incl 5%) | 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).
William Boughton, ESO - 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) ~ 240 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb (incl 5%) | 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.
Edward Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (1999) 2 CDs [Sir John Barbirolli]

Edward Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (1999) 2 CDs
Hallé Orchestra & Choir; Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus; Ambrosian Singers; conducted by Sir John Barbirolli
Richard Lewis, tenor; Dame Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano; Kim Borg, bass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 512 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 252 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral, Oratorio | Label: EMI | # 7243 5 73579 2 0 | Time: 01:38:16

Perhaps part of what sets this recording apart from its competitors is Barbirolli's overall conception of the work: the liner notes point out that he always called the work Elgar's "*Dream,*" and not "Gerontius." This seemingly simple change results in a completely different outlook on the work. In emphasizing the dream-like quality of the work, Barbirolli is at once more daring and more orthodox than his competitors, allowing the quirkiness of Elgar's orchestration and choral writing to burst out time and time again, here cellos coming to the fore, there a clarinet emerging in sudden duet with one of the soloists. Barbirolli is doing nothing more than giving us what's on the page, but what a difference this makes!
Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto, 'Enigma' Variations, 'Pomp and Circumstance' (2012) [Mischa Maisky, Giuseppe Sinopoli]

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

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb (incl 5%) | 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.
Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro, Elegy (1991) [Repost, New Rip]

Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations, Introduction and Allegro, Elegy (1991)
Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli; André Navarra, cello

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 365 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI | # CDM 7639552 | Time: 01:13:08

Barbirolli made later recordings of all the works on this CD and these have become cornerstones of the catalogue. These are earlier recordings that he did with his own orchestra, the Halle, in the 1950s. To start with, the recording quality is pretty amazing. They were recorded on 35mm film tape rather than half inch recording tape by the Mercury team and have astonishing immediacy and amazingly lifelike. Barbirolli uses an organ in the finale of the Enigma Variations. The recording is a little bass heavy but this is a small caveat. For people who consider Barbirolli to be a bit indulgent as a conductor, these recordings may come as a surprise. The performances are very direct and nicely flowing. They therefore complement rather than compete with the later recordings. Of course, Barbirolli's later recording of the Cello Concerto with Jacqueline du Pre is a very famous and special rendition of the work. However, it is not without its detractors. Andre Navarra, by contrast, plays with golden tone. He plays gorgeously. Highly recommended.

Edward Elgar and His World  

Posted by tarantoga at Jan. 14, 2015
Edward Elgar and His World

Byron Adams, "Edward Elgar and His World"
ISBN: 0691134456, 0691134464 | 2007 | EPUB/PDF | 312 pages | 4 MB/7 MB
Andrew Davis,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Edward Elgar: The Crown Of India (2009)

Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra - Edward Elgar: The Crown Of India (2009)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 2 CDs | Full Scans | 610 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | Catalog Number: 10570

Chandos are delighted to present the first complete recording of the masque The Crown of India, performed here by Clare Shearer and Gerald Finley, with the BBC Philharmonic and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Completed by Anthony Payne in 2008 the work conveys all the pomp and pageantry with which Elgar is associated. The work is presented on 2 CDs. Disc 1 includes the entire masque with narration, whilst Disc 2 contains only the music and Marches. The set is sold at the price of one full price CD.
Edward Elgar : Cello Concerto - Enigma Variations -Serenade - Mischa Maisky - Philharmonia Orchestra - Giuseppe Sinopoli

Edward Elgar : Cello Concerto op.85 - Enigma Variations op.35 - Serenade op.20
Mischa Maisky - Philharmonia Orchestra - Giuseppe Sinopoli

Unknown Rip | APE tracks (No Cue+No Log) | Complete Scans | 77 min. | 288 MB
19th Century Music | 20th Century Music | Orchestral Music | Deutsche Grammophon 445 511-2 | 1995

Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have achieved enduring popularity. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies.