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Sir Edward Elgar: The Complete EMI Recordings [19 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

Back in 1920, the young Adrian Boult took a leap of faith and decided to conduct Sir Edward Elgar's Second Symphony - a piece that, since its premiere nine years prior received few performances. Elgar sent a word of thanks to the bold conductor saying: "My reputation in the future is safe in your hands. It was a wonderful series of sounds. Bless you!" Boult's performance of Elgar's neglected symphony brought "the grandeur and nobility of the work" to wider public attention, said W.H. Reed, Elgar's friend and biographer.

This magnificent collection is the first set to unite all of Boult's EMI recordings of a composer he admired and helped share with the world throughout his long career. We can thereby hear four unique versions of the Enigma Variations, recorded between 1936 and 1970, and hear the changing nuances of expression over the years that came with gained experience.

Boult gave his last public performance conducting Elgar's ballet The Sanguine Fan for the London Festival Ballet in 1978 before formally retiring from conducting in 1981. Many selections from this collection are now available on CD for this first time ever in this box set. This particular set is part of our anniversary series of releases marking 30 years since Boult's passing.

The Guardian, 20th June 2013
Most Elgar lovers will surely possess a number of the recordings, but the comprehensiveness of the set makes it extremely valuable.

James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, May 2014
Boult was closely associated with the music of Elgar throughout his career, and this 19-CD set brings together his complete recordings for EMI, including accounts of The Apostles and The Kingdom not currently available separately.


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