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December 2011 NEW RELEASES


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CD-1257(4) ELGAR CONDUCTS ELGAR: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS 1914-1925 IN NEW DIGITAL TRANSFERS FROM ELGAR'S OWN RECORD LIBRARY. CD 1 (71:35): Carissima (1914); The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81 - exc. (1920); The Fringes of the Fleet (1917); Carillon, Op. 75 (1915); Polonia, Op. 76 (1919); The Starlight Express, Op. 78 (1916); CD 2 (73:51): Cockaigne Ov., Op. 40 (1917); In the South Ov., Op. 50 (1921/23); Violin Conc. in b, Op. 61 (Marie Hall, 1916); Cello Conc. in e, Op. 85 (Beatrice Harrison, 1919/20); Salut d'amour, Op. 12 (1914); Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 No. 1 (1919); King Olaf, Op. 30 - exc. (1921); The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38-exc. (1917); The Light of Life, Op. 29 - Medit. (1925) CD 3 (75:17): Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (Leila Megane, 1922/23); "Enigma" Vars., Op. 36(1920); Pomp & Circumstance Marches, Op. 39 Nos. 1 & 4 (1914); Three Bavarian Dances, Op. 27 (1914); Bach/Elgar - Fant. and Fugue in c, Op. 86 (1921/23); Handel/Elgar - Ov. in d (1923) CD 4 (75:19) The Wand of Youth Suite No.1, Op. 1a (1919); The Wand of Youth Suite No.2, Op. 1b (1917); Unissued takes from both Suites (1917/19); Symphony No. 2 in Eb, Op. 63 (1924/25). With The Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Albert Hall Orchestra & soloists. Note by Andrew Neill. Producer & transfer/restoration engineer: Lani Spahr. UPC# 0-17685-12572-0. Special offer: 4 CDs priced as 3.

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BUZZ: Andrew Neill writes in his note: "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. Some of the performances, such as the electrical recordings of his symphonies and Violin Concerto (with Yehudi Menuhin), remain unequalled. As Dr. Jerrold Moore amply documented, Elgar was absolutely sure of himself as a conductor of his own works, and in the recording studio he was in his element. He never tried to disguise the fact that his own music thrilled and delighted him."



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