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)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, m3u, d. booklet | 319 MB
Label: Avie Records – AV2375 | Tracks: 06 | Time: 76:19 min
Classical

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.
Sol Gabetta, Berliner Philharmoniker - Live: Edward Elgar & Bohuslav Martinu: Cello Concertos (2016)

Sol Gabetta - Live: Edward Elgar & Bohuslav Martinů: Cello Concertos (2016)
with Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle & Krzysztof Urbański

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:55:45
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical | # 88985350792

Sol Gabetta’s first recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, with the Danish National Symphony, was much admired when it appeared six years ago. This one, taken from a concert in the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus in 2014, is a far glossier affair orchestrally. Simon Rattle’s tendency to overmould the phrasing is sometimes too obvious, but Gabetta’s playing is intense and searching, less introspective than some performances in the Adagio, perhaps, but epic in scale in the outer movements, and always keenly responsive. Those who possess her earlier disc might not think they need to invest in this one, but would then miss Gabetta’s vivid, pulsating account of the Martinů concerto, which went through a quarter of a century of revisions before the definitive 1955 version she plays here, with Krysztof Urbański conducting. She finds real depth and intensity in it, both in the slow movement and in the introspective episode that interrupts the finale’s headlong rush.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko - Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko - Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 69:39 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

"What’s the matter with them Billy? They sit there like a lot of stuffed pigs!" Elgar commented to his friend W.H Reid, the leader of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra after the chilly reception given to the 2nd Symphony at its premiere in 1911. More emotionally complex and ambiguous than the first symphony, the 2nd seems to hint at the apocalyptic events that would be unleashed just three years on. "Be like a woman dropping a flower on a man’s grave" wrote the composer of the ‘Spirit of Delight' theme in the coda of the second movement.
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra & Edo de Waart - Elgar: Cello Concerto & Piano Quintet (2018) [24/48]

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra & Edo de Waart - Elgar: Cello Concerto & Piano Quintet (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 69:57 minutes | 678 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

After making several discs of chamber music by Brahms and Schubert, the cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker now records a large-scale concerto, showing the full range of her talent. Composed between 1918 and 1919, Elgar’s Concerto Op.85 was poorly received at its first performance but has since become established as one of the key works in the cello repertoire.
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra & Edo de Waart - Elgar: Cello Concerto & Piano Quintet (2018)

Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra & Edo de Waart - Elgar: Cello Concerto & Piano Quintet (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 293 MB
Label: Alpha | Tracks: 08 | Time: 69:57 min

After making several discs of chamber music by Brahms and Schubert, the cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker now records a large-scale concerto, showing the full range of her talent. Composed between 1918 and 1919, Elgar’s Concerto Op.85 was poorly received at its first performance but has since become established as one of the key works in the cello repertoire. To complete the programme, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker rejoins her chamber music partners, the violinists Carolin Widmann and David McCarroll, the violist Pauline Sachse and the pianist Martin Helmchen, in Elgar’s Piano Quintet, composed at the same time as the Concerto and premiered in London in 1919.
Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)

Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Organ | Label: ASV | # CD QS 6160 | Time: 01:15:21

"Jennifer Bate is an excellent organist, not only for her virtuosity, but for her musicianship and sensitivity in choosing her timbre. She loves what she plays and knows how to make others love it too" (Olivier Messiaen).
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins - Elgar: Enigma Variations (2016) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins - Elgar: Enigma Variations (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 81:43 minutes | 1.40 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Two much-loved orchestral favourites representing the summit of Elgar’s maturity are coupled with three of the lesser-known wartime works, here receiving their first recordings with the original French texts. Kate Royal is the soprano soloist in Une voix dans le désert, a hauntingly tender masterpiece which every Elgarian should know.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko - Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (2017)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko - Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, d. booklet | 291 MB
Label: Onyx Classics – ONYX4165 | Tracks: 07 | Time: 69:39 min
Classical, Orchestral, Romantic Era

This eagerly awaited recording from Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra follows their critically acclaimed performance of Elgar's Symphony No.1. BBC Radio 3 raved that Petrenko ''gets Elgar… absolutely understands the beating heart of it.'' More emotionally complex and ambiguous than the first, Elgar's Symphony No.2 seems to sense the apocalyptic events that would be unleashed just three years later.
Jacqueline du Pré - Elgar, Priaulx Rainier: Cello Concertos, Rubbra: Cello Sonata (2008)

Jacqueline du Pré - Elgar, Priaulx Rainier: Cello Concertos, Rubbra: Cello Sonata (2008)
EAC | APE (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 73:47 | 338 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BBC Legends | Catalog: BBCL 4244-2

Cellist Jacqueline du Pré needs little introduction to most listeners. Whether as a result of being perhaps the most prominent female cellist in the last century, her meteoric rise to fame at a young age, the equally rapid decline of her career at the hands of multiple sclerosis, or simply the incredible passion with which she performed, du Pré possessed a singular capacity to make an impression on her audiences. She was single-handedly responsible for reviving the long-dormant Elgar concerto that was to become one of her trademark pieces.
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.