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Edward William Elgar (1857-1934)

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Elgar conducts Elgar

Elgar conducts Elgar

The complete recordings 1914 -1925 in new digital transfers from Elgar’s own record library


Elgar:

Carissima

Recorded on 21st January 1914

The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81

Recorded on 24th February 1920

Fringes of the Fleet

Recorded in July 1917

Charles Mott (baritone)

Carillon, Op. 75

Recorded on 29th January 1915

Henry Ainley (speaker)

Polonia

Recorded on 22nd May 1919

Starlight Express Suite, Op. 78

Recorded on 18th February 1916

Agnes Nicholls (soprano), Charles Mott (baritone)

Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 'In London Town'

Recorded on 28th February 1917

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Recorded on 26th October 1923 & 30th December

Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Recorded 16th December 1916

Marie Hall (violin)

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

Recorded on 16th November 1920

Beatrice Harrison (cello)

Salut d'amour, Op. 12

Recorded on 26th June 1914

Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15 No. 1

Recorded on 22nd May 1919

Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf: A little bird in the air

Recorded on 7th December 1921

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Prelude

Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul 'Angel's Farewell' (from The Dream of Gerontius)

Recorded on 28th February 1917

The Light of Life, Op. 29 'Lux Christi' - Meditation

Recorded April 1925

Sea Pictures, Op. 37

Recorded on 10th November 1922 & 8th January 1923

Leila Megane (contralto)

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Recorded 1920-21

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, Op. 39 No. 1

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major, Op. 39 No. 4

Recorded 26th June 1914

Bavarian Dances (3)

Recorded 26th June 1914 and 28th February 1917

Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, Op. 86 (after Bach, BWV 537)

Recorded 7th December 1921 & 26th October 1923

Overture in D minor (after Handel, HWV247)

Recorded 26th October 1923

The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1, Op. 1a

Recorded 22nd May 1919

The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2, Op. 1b

Recorded 28th February 1917

The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1, Op. 1a

Recorded 22nd May 1919 (unpublished takes)

The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2, Op. 1b: excerpts

Recorded 22nd May 1919 (unpublished takes)

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

Recorded 5th & 20th March 1924 & 16th April 1925


The Symphony Orchestra & Royal Albert Hall Orchestra

Andrew Neill writes: “Edward Elgar became an early star of the gramophone and the recordings he made (and supervised) between 1914 and 1934 remain among the great contributions to the recorded repertoire… Elgar was absolutely sure of himself as a conductor of his own works… He never tried to disguise the fact that his own music thrilled and delighted him.” This collection includes such gems as Beatrice Harrison playing the Cello Concerto and Fringes of the Flleet and will be of great interest to collectors.

“Superb repackaging of Elgar's earliest recordings, before he re-made many works electrically. Sound is limited, but the music-making wonderfully evokes a vanished era.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2012 *****

“it’s legitimate to wonder whether a set of Elgar’s acoustic recordings made between 1914 and 1925 merits serious attention. The answer is an emphatic yes.” International Record Review, February 2012

“Lani Spahr has done a splendid job with these transfers, breathing new life into recordings, the oldest of which is now 99 years old. One takes it as read that the sound is limited but the spirit and character of the music comes across loud and clear. Impressively documented and presented this set is a major document, invaluable as part of our appreciation of one of England’s greatest composers.” MusicWeb International, 19th April 2013

“Elgar’s acoustic recordings have been issued before, but these transfers from the composer’s own gramophone library sound a lot clearer — some of them, paradoxically the earlier ones, remarkably so...this set is a precious historical document, not least for 1917’s charming Fringes of the Fleet.” Sunday Times

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Barbirolli in New York: The 1959 Concerts

Barbirolli in New York: The 1959 Concerts


Barbirolli:

An Elizabethan Suite

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Brahms:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77

Recorded 18th January, 1959

Berl Senofsky (violin)

Elgar:

The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38

Recorded 25th January, 1959

Richard Lewis (tenor), Maureen Forrester (contralto), Morley Meredith (baritone)

Westminster Choir

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Recorded 3rd January, 1959

William Lincer (viola), John Corigliano & Leopold Rybb (violin) & Laszlo Varga (cello)

Haydn:

Symphony No. 88 in G major

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Holst:

The Planets: Mars

The Planets: Mercury

The Planets: Uranus

The Planets: Jupiter

Recorded 18th January, 1959

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'

Recorded 10th January, 1959

Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 8 in D minor

Recorded 3rd January, 1959


Barbirolli conducted the New York Philharmonic from 1936 to 1943 and returned to New York in 1959 to conduct the orchestra in a series of concerts featuring English repertoire rarely heard by Americans. Here are the best performances of Sir John’s visit, previously unissued, in state-of-the-art digital restorations. Includes “Dream of Gerontius” with Richard Lewis, a very fine Gerontius.

“[Gerontius] anticipates the superlative studio recording Barbirolli and Lewis made together with Janet Baker five years later, though Maureen Forrester is a more than capable Angel here and the baritone, Morley Meredith, is arguably superior to his later equivalent...The mono sound is patchy but just about serviceable, but Barbirolli fans won't worry about that.” The Guardian, 23rd September 2010 ***

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In Memory of Arturo Toscanini

In Memory of Arturo Toscanini

Concert given by the Symphony Of The Air, Carnegie Hall 3/2/1957


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Bruno Walter

Berlioz:

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Debussy:

La Mer

Charles Munch

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Pierre Monteux

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture


The Toscanini Memorial Concert preserved in this album was an altogether remarkable event: three great conductors came forth to pay homage to their friend and colleague, each leading a work that Toscanini had interpreted wonderfully. Only the Eroica was previously released from this memorable concert in any format and the bonus selections were only issued on a Roulette mono LP (which also included Dvorak's New World Symphony) as a fund-raising record for the Symphony of the Air; this is the first release of these performances in stereo.

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Pierre Monteux in France

Pierre Monteux in France

1952-58 Concert Performances


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Paris 6 or 8/11/1958

Maria Stader, Helene Bouvier, Libero de Luca, Josef Greindl

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36

Paris 3/5/1956

Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Strasbourg 17/6/1955

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Strasbourg 13/6/1952

Couperin, F:

Sonate en Quatuor 'La Sultane'

Paris 8/11/1958

Debussy:

Images for orchestra

Paris 3/5/1956

Jeux - Poème dansé

Paris 9/6/1955

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Paris 24/9/1958

Franck, C:

Symphony in D Minor

Paris 24/9/1958

Hindemith:

Nobilissima Visione

Paris 8/11/1958

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

Montreux 22/9/1958

Robert Casadesus (piano)

Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K219 'Turkish'

Annie Jodry (violin)

Prokofiev:

Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 'Classical'

Paris 8/5/1958

Ravel:

Shéhérazade

Strasbourg 13/6/1952

G. Moysan (sop)

Respighi:

Pines of Rome

Rimsky Korsakov:

Le Coq d'Or Suite

Paris 8/5/1958

Strauss, R:

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Paris 3/5/1956

Stravinsky:

Petrushka (1911 version)

Paris 8/5/1958 & 9/6/1955

The Rite of Spring

Strasbourg 17/6/1955

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Paris 8/5/1958

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Paris 9/6/1955


French National Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

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The Art of Gregor Piatigorsky

The Art of Gregor Piatigorsky

Rare 78s, Unissued Studio Recordings, Public Performances & Broadcasts


Includes

Barber:

Cello Sonata in C minor, Op. 6

29th May, 1947

Ralph Berkowitz (piano)

Beethoven:

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2

Artur Schnabel (piano)

Bloch, E:

Suite Hébraïque

23rd January, 1955

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, A. Wallenstein

Brahms:

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38

6th July, 1936

Artur Rubinstein (piano)

Debussy:

Cello Sonata

9th December, 1947

Ralph Berkowitz (piano)

Elgar:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

10th November, 1940

N.Y. Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, J. Barbirolli

Grieg:

Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36

8th June, 1945

Ralph Berkowitz (piano)

Hindemith:

Cello Concerto (1940)

15th December, 1943

CBS Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hindemith

Prokofiev:

Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

Ralph Berkowitz (piano)

Saint-Saëns:

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

10th April, 1949

Philadelphia Orchestra, A. Hilsberg

Schumann:

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129

4th April, 1943

N.Y. Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, F. Reiner

Strauss, R:

Don Quixote, Op. 35

13th January, 1955

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, A. Wallenstein

and works by Davidov, Popper, Chopin, Massenet, Sarasate, Ippolitov-Ivanov, Glinka, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Moszkowski, Scriabin, Piatigorsky, Boccherini, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Weber


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The present collection offers fascinating insight into the artistry one of the great musicians the twentieth century, the legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976). The recordings in this collection are either previously unissued studio recordings, or if issued, were not widely distributed when they were initially released, or are previously unissued public performances that were only heard when originally broadcast from the concert hall. This material constitutes a significant portion Piatigorsky’s recorded legacy and provides eloquent evidence of his importance in the world of modern cello playing, especially for those who never had the opportunity to hear him live.

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The London String Quartet: 1917-51 Recordings

The London String Quartet: 1917-51 Recordings


Beethoven:

String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 No. 3 'Rasumovsky No. 3'

John Pennington (violin), Laurent Halleux (violin), William Primrose (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'

James Levey (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

John Pennington (violin), Laurent Halleux (violin), Edgardo Acosta (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Bloch, E:

Pieces (5) for string quartet

John Pennington (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Brahms:

String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

John Pennington (violin), Laurent Halleux (violin), William Primrose (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2

Albert Sammons (violin), Edwin Virgo (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Bridge:

Three Idylls

James Levey (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

An Irish Melody, "Londonderry Air"

James Levey (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Debussy:

String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

John Pennington (violin), Laurent Halleux (violin), Cecil Bonvalot (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Dohnányi:

String Quartet No. 2 in D flat major, Op. 15

John Pennington (violin), Laurent Halleux (violin), Edgardo Acosta (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Elgar:

String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83

James Levey (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Foster, S:

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Camptown Races

Old folks at home

Sweet Laura Lee

Beautiful Dreamer

Gentle Annie

O Susannah

Old Black Joe

John Pennington (violin), Laurent Halleux (violin), Cecil Bonvalot (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Franck, C:

String Quartet in D major

John Pennington (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Haydn:

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2 in D minor 'Fifths'

John Pennington (violin), Laurent Halleux (violin), Cecil Bonvalot (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 3 in C major 'Emperor'

John Pennington (violin), Laurent Halleux (violin), Cecil Bonvalot (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Kreisler:

String Quartet in A minor: Finale

James Levey (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

McEwen:

String Quartet No. 6 in A major 'Biscay'

Albert Sammons (violin), Edwin Virgo (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Mozart:

String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 'Dissonance'

Albert Sammons (violin), Edwin Virgo (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Ravel:

String Quartet in F major

John Pennington (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Schubert:

String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'

John Pennington (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

John Pennington (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Schumann:

String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41 No. 3

James Levey (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Toch:

String Quartet No. 12, Op. 70

James Levey (violin), Thomas Petre (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)

Vaughan Williams:

On Wenlock Edge

Gervase Elwes (tenor), Frederick B. Kiddle (piano), Albert Sammons (violin), Edwin Virgo (violin), Waldo Warner (viola), Warwick Evans (cello)


The London String Quartet

The London String Quartet was Britain’s leading chamber ensemble for two decades and 2010 marked the centenary of its first concerts. Equally well known in America, this collection includes five programmes performed at the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1951, issued here for the first time. The collection includes well known works, as well as more obscure ones by Bridge, Kreisler and Foster.

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Toscanini in London: The Legendary 1935 Recordings

Toscanini in London: The Legendary 1935 Recordings


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43

recorded in 1939

Brahms:

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Cherubini:

Anacréon Overture

Debussy:

La Mer

Elgar:

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Geminiani, F:

Concerto grosso in B minor

prev. unissued

Mendelssohn:

A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music, Op. 61

Mozart:

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K385 'Haffner'

Rossini:

Semiramide Overture

Wagner:

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Death & Funeral March

Faust Overture, WWV59

Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1

Parsifal: Good Friday Music


By the autumn of 1934 terms were agreed for Toscanini to conduct four broadcast concerts during the third London Music Festival in June 1935, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1930, trained by Adrian Boult, and widely recognized as Britainís foremost ensemble.

Previous guest conductors included Richard Strauss, Mengelberg, and Koussevitzky; Toscanini's son-in-law Vladimir Horowitz had been a soloist with the orchestra and his positive experience had no doubt contributed to the Maestro’s decision to accept the invitation.

After the first, long sold-out concert on June 3, the following day’s critics were unanimous in declaring Toscanini to be pre-eminent in his art.

There were four programs, each given twice (with slight changes), and all recorded ‘on spec’ by HMV; eventually all works (except a Geminiani concerto, issued here for the first time) were released on LP or CD, but have been unavailable for many years, and are now released in greatly improved sound.

“This WHRA set is a splendid one. The sound quality is good while the documentation is fully up to the label’s usually high standards. As for the music-making, well the quality of that is quite exceptional...This set will be self-recommending to all acolytes of the Maestro who don’t already possess all these performances but it should also be snapped up by all who value great conducting.” MusicWeb International, 23rd April 2013

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