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The Very Best of Elgar

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello
>Elgar, Edward : Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 84
>Elgar, Edward : Sospiri
>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82
>Elgar, Edward : Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1
>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61
>Elgar, Edward : The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b
>Elgar, Edward : Imperial March, Op. 32
>Elgar, Edward : Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 83
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Elgar, Edward : The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me, for chorus (prologue to "The Apostles")
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
>Elgar, Edward : Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47
>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37
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Notes & Reviews:

From raucous marches to private enigmas, the music of Elgar represents, for many, the ultimate symbol of England in the early 20th century, contrasting royal ceremonies with intimate family gatherings. This 2-CD set features Elgar's most frequently performed and recorded works, including selections from the 'Enigma Variations,' 'Pomp and Circumstance Marches No. 1' and 'No. 4,' and the Cello Violin Concertos.



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>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39 :: March no 1
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901-1930

>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
  • Performers: Jenö Jandó (Piano); Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
  • Conductor: Adrian Leaper
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Cello :: 1. Adagio - Moderato
  • Performer: Maria Kliegel (Cello)
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1919

>Elgar, Edward : Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 84 :: 3. Andante - Allegro
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Mariani String Quartet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Elgar, Edward : Sospiri
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913-1914

>Elgar, Edward : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 82 :: 1. Allegro
  • Performers: Yurie Miura (Piano); Simone Lamsma (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Elgar, Edward : Ave verum corpus, Op. 2 no 1
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61 :: 2. Andante
  • Performer: Dong-Suk Kang (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adrian Leaper
  • Ensemble: Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1909-10.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Elgar, Edward : The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b :: 6. The Wild Bears
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Elgar, Edward : Imperial March, Op. 32
  • Conductor: George Hurst
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1897

>Elgar, Edward : Quartet for Strings in E minor, Op. 83 :: 1. Allegro moderato
  • Ensemble: Mariani String Quartet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 :: 3. Rondo
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909-1911

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations :: Variation 9. Nimrod
  • Conductor: George Hurst
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Elgar, Edward : The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me, for chorus (prologue to "The Apostles")
  • Performer: Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 :: 2. Allegro molto
  • Conductor: George Hurst
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1907-1908

>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 :: 1. Allegro piacevole
  • Conductor: Adrian Leaper
  • Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Elgar, Edward : The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 :: Part 2. But Hark! A Grand
  • Performers: Sarah Fryer (Mezzo Soprano); William Kendall (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1900.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900

>Elgar, Edward : Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Adrian Leaper
  • Ensemble: Capella Istropolitana
  • Notes: Composition written: 1905.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Elgar, Edward : Sea Pictures, Op. 37 :: 4. Where corals lie
  • Performer: Sarah Connolly
  • Conductor: Simon Wright
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897-1899

>Elgar, Edward : Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39 :: March no 4
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1901-1930