Elgar Allegro

Rachel Barton Pine, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton - Elgar & Bruch: Violin Concertos (2018)

Rachel Barton Pine, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton - Elgar & Bruch: Violin Concertos (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 348 MB
Label: Avie Records | Tracks: 06 | Time: 76:19 min

Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine releases her 36th album and fourth for AVIE with her first recordings of two repertory staples, violin concertos by Edward Elgar and Max Bruch. The two works – Elgar’s only concerto for violin and Bruch’s first – straddle the turn of the 20th century but have in common a Romantic hue which Rachel probes with her rich, soulful tone.
Rachel Barton Pine, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton - Elgar & Bruch: Violin Concertos (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Rachel Barton Pine, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Andrew Litton - Elgar & Bruch: Violin Concertos (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 76:19 minutes | 747 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Billboard chart-topping violinist Rachel Barton Pine releases her 36th album and fourth for AVIE with her first recordings of two repertory staples, violin concertos by Edward Elgar and Max Bruch. The two works – Elgar’s only concerto for violin and Bruch’s first – straddle the turn of the 20th century but have in common a Romantic hue which Rachel probes with her rich, soulful tone.
Pinchas Zukerman & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams & Elgar (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Pinchas Zukerman & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending & Tallis Fantasia - & Elgar: Serenade in E Minor (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 71:46 minutes | 1.30 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

This album, reflecting the love affair Pinchas Zukerman has had with English music since the late 1960s, contains the most beloved violin pieces by Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the towering figures of the English musical renaissance. Salut d’amour was immensely popular from the beginning but made Elgar virtually no money. The Lark Ascending had to wait until after Vaughan Williams’s death to become renowned throughout the English-speaking world.
Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal, Charles Dutoit - Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Falstaff (1991)

Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations; Falstaff (1991)
Orchestre Symphonique De Montréal; Charles Dutoit, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 241-2 | Time: 01:03:23

A trim, at times, almost balletic Falstaff. If that seems a ludicrous contradiction, I should explain that it refers to Dutoit's spirited interpretation of the work, not the central character, though Falstaff himself has shed a few pounds in the process but is no less loveable. Indeed, Dutoit's swift tempo for the second section (at the Boar's Head) has the theme for Falstaff's 'cheerful look and pleasing eye' sounding less like Tovey's understandable misunderstanding of it as ''blown up like a bladder with sighing and grief''. The trimming down process is abetted by the Montreal sound, with lean, agile strings and incisive brass (the horns are magnificent). Some may feel a lack of warmth in the characterization. I certainly felt that the first presentation of Prince Harry's theme (0'40'') could have done with a richer string sonority. Doubtless, too, there will be collectors who, at moments, miss the generous humanity of Barbirolli, or the Straussian brilliance of Solti. And although Mackerras is wonderful in the dream interludes and Falstaff's death, the start of his fourth section, with Falstaff's rush to London only to be rejected by the new King, is short on teeming excitement and anticipation. (Gramophone)
Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

The Lark Ascending: E.J. Moeran - Violin Concerto (2013)
and works by Frederick Delius, Gustav Holst, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tasmin Little (violin); BBC Philharmonic; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10796 | Time: 01:15:44

Tasmin Little's 2013 release on Chandos is an exploration of lush and lyrical music for violin and orchestra, composed by the leading British composers of the early 20th century, and it is an album of remarkable depth and beauty. Opening the program is the Concerto for violin & orchestra by E.J. Moeran, which sets the mood for the disc with its long-breathed, melancholy lines and pastoral atmosphere. While this is a technically challenging work that shows Little to her best advantage as a virtuoso, listeners may come away from the piece recalling its sweet ambience more than its flashiness. The same could also be said for Frederick Delius' Légende, Gustav Holst's A Song of the Night, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, all three of which provide tests for the violinist's skills, yet are filled with such gorgeous music that listeners may only remember the general opulence of the scores. Also included are premiere recordings of Roger Turner's arrangements of Edward Elgar's Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit, and Salut d'amour, which in orchestration, mood, and style fit the rest of the album nicely.
Roderick Williams, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis - Elgar: Falstaff & Orchestral Songs (2017)

Roderick Williams, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis - Elgar: Falstaff & Orchestral Songs (2017)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 275 MB
Label: Chandos | Tracks: 23 | Time: 74:12 min

Sir Andrew Davis takes his multi-award-winning Elgar discography to the next level with breathtaking interpretations of Falstaff, Elgars most accomplished and characteristic work, and several orchestral songs, with exemplary support from the BBC Philharmonic, all recorded in surround-sound. Owing to its technical challenges and more complex harmonic language, the composer always had a high opinion of Falstaff, saying that he had enjoyed writing it more than any other music I have ever composed and perhaps for that reason it may prove to be among my best efforts.
Daniel Barenboim - Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (2017)

Daniel Barenboim - Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 93:42 min | 403 MB
Label: Decca – 4831585 | Tracks: 28 | Rls.date: 2017
Classical, Orchestral, Choral

Daniel Barenboim’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ is a significant addition to his critically-acclaimed Elgar series with Staatskapelle Berlin. This is Barenboim’s first recording of Elgar’s greatest choral masterpiece. Featuring the finest array of English-speaking soloists: Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Andrew Staples and Thomas Hampson.
Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar; Benjamin Britten; William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.
Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli - Elgar: Symphonies No.1 & No.2, Pomp and Circumstance, In the South (1996)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli - Elgar: Symphonies No.1 & No.2, Pomp and Circumstance, In the South (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:36:23 | 699 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grommophon | Catalog: 453 103-2

Elgar's two symphonies are good example of interpretations of music being stuck thanks to the strange British conservatism. If you listen to 10 recordings of these symphonies by 10 British conductors, they all sound more or less same in terms of interpretation: controlled, noble, beautiful Elgarian rubato and so on.
Doric String Quartet & Edward Gardner - Elgar: Symphony No 1; Introduction And Allegro (2017)

Doric String Quartet & Edward Gardner - Elgar: Symphony No 1; Introduction And Allegro
Classical, Romantic Era, Orchestral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 65:12 min | 244 MB
Label: Chandos | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

This new Elgar surround-sound recording brings together some of Chandos’ finest exclusive British artists for the first time.