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Elgar: Cockagine; Cello Concerto; Wand of Youth

Notes & Reviews:

Cockaigne - Gramophone Magazine
Cockaigne fairly swaggers with exuberance, the LPO responding with tremendous zest and fresh-faced application for its then chief, yet there's tenderness, poetry and humour aplenty when required.

Gramophone Magazine
Anthony Pini's reading of the Cello Concerto has an unaffected quality that I like very much; its reticence matches Elgar's own and ... it has the quiet sincerity that eludes those who consciously strive for it." [... ] [The Cello Concerto is] played with great command of its technical difficulties. I simply don't know why, when we have a player like this [Anthony Pini] on our door-step, we don't hear more of him. He may not have the big tone of his French rivals but it is a beautiful tone and he always plays with consummate skill and sympathy ... The sheer poetry of the slow movement comes through.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2012
Spiky, rebarbative performances, idiomatically conducted by Van Beinum. Pini's Cello Concerto combines sappy tone with nerveless intonation, in a toughly argued interpretation.


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