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Elgar Remastered by Lani Spahr - Elgar conducting his own music including mono and stereo reconstructions and unissued takes / Beatrice Harrison, cello [4 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

This release is a unique opportunity for the listener who has interest in historical performance. This four-disc set contains virtually the entire 1928 Elgar studio sessions of the Cello Concerto, as well as several unused takes of major orchestral works and miniatures- pressings which have hitherto been unheard. These pressings are from Elgar's own private library by way of Arthur Reynolds, a keen collector of original Elgar photographs and recordings. The only person to whom Arthur Reynolds granted access to this treasure trove was master recording engineer, Lani Spahr. In his work, Lani Spahr was able to synchronize the various sides into a stereo image through hours of painstaking effort. This provides insight into the sessions themselves, along with astonishing sound quality.


Works:

Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Beatrice Harrison (Cello)
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1919; England

Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900-1901; England

The Kingdom, Op. 51: Overture by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901-1906; England

Danse pensée "Rosemary" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882; England

Characteristic Pieces (3), Op. 10: no 1, Mazurka by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899; England

May Song by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1901/1928; England

Sérénade lyrique by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1899; England

The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b: no 1, March by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1908; England

O God, our help in ages past by William Croft
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: England

Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907-1908; England

Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1909-1911; England

Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61: Excerpt(s) by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

Variations on an Original Theme, "Enigma", Op. 36: Moderato (R.P.A.) by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898-1899; England

Variations on an Original Theme, "Enigma", Op. 36: Andantino (Ysobel) by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898-1899; England

Variations on an Original Theme, "Enigma", Op. 36: Presto (Troyte) by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898-1899; England

Caractacus, Op. 35: Triumphal March by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897-1898; England

Caractacus, Op. 35: Woodland Interlude by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897-1898; England

Dream Children, Op. 43: Andante by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Lawrence Collingwood
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902; England

Severn Suite for Brass Band, Op. 87: Toccata by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1930; England

The Wand of Youth Suite no 1, Op. 1a: no 5, Fairy Pipers by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

The Wand of Youth Suite no 1, Op. 1a: no 3, Minuet by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907; England

The Wand of Youth Suite no 1, Op. 1a: no 4, Sun Dance by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1907; England

The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b: no 5, The Tame Bear by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1908; England

The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b: no 6, Wild Bears by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1908; England

The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b: no 2, The Little Bells by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra

The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b: no 3, Moths and Butterflies by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1908; England

The Banner of St George, Op. 33: It comes from the misty ages by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Festival Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1895-1897; England

God save the King/Queen by Anonymous
Conductor: Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Festival Choir
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1744; England





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