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Tasmin Little plays works by Elgar

> Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - I. Allegro
> Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - II. Andante
> Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - III. Allegro molto -
> Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 - III. Alternative cadenza by the composer
> The Crown of India, Op. 66: Interlude - The Crown of India, Op. 66: Interlude
> Polonia, Op. 76 - Polonia, Op. 76

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61
>Elgar, Edward : Work(s)
>Elgar, Edward : The Crown of India, Op. 66
>Elgar, Edward : Polonia, Op. 76
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Notes & Reviews:

The long - awaited and much anticipated recording of Tasmin Little's Elgar Violin Concerto will be released this November, 100 years after the work's first performance. Tasmin has performed the concerto many times in concert in the UK and around the world but she has never recorded the work before. This recording is especially interesting as it includes the cadenza used in the first recording made in 1916 with Marie Hall. Tasmin Little comments "I have waited a long time to record the Elgar Concerto, a work that I have been playing for twenty years and one which is so close to my heart. In the inspirational Andrew Davies and RSNO's commitment, I found exactly the right partnership for this monumental work." The Violin Concerto is complemented by the rarely recorded but imposing "Polonia" an inventive and colourful work incorporating much Polish melodic material. Sir Andrew Davies conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in five-channel surround sound SACD.

"If ever a violin concerto deserved the feminine touch, it is Elgar's...[Little] knows just how to make her violin sing, subtly swelling and fading through the solo part's lyrical lines as Elgar penetrates the mysteries and wonder of the feminine soul...[She] is tender, velvet, winsome, always beguiling, never de trop, with complete mastery of the pianissimo caress ." -The Times ****

"Little...finds an element of wit in the fast-moving figuration [of the finale], leading to a more tender treatment of the lyrical contrasting sections." -Gramophone Magazine

"This may have been a bumper year for this work...but Little brings a profoundly idiomatic nostalgia to this secretive, yearning, wistful yet passionate music. The extras make it an Elgarian must-have" -Sunday Times ***

"Little and Davis steer a near-perfect path between the English stoicism and continental passion that lies at the heart of this glorious score. Positioned naturally against the orchestra, Little shares the concerto's surging emotional narrative equally with her accompanists, without the slightest hint of virtuoso ostentation." -Classic FM Magazine

***** "She takes the opening Allegro boldly, and with plenty of confident ardour...Far more than was possible in the early recordings, there is scrupulous balance, with and sometimes within Elgar's rich but always lucid orchestration (he was, after all, a violinist himself) ensuring that the performance does as full justice to the sound as any on record." -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (05/24/2010-05/26/2010).



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Concerto for Violin in B minor, Op. 61
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (05/24/2010-05/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 50 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Elgar, Edward : Work(s) :: Alternative Cadenza for the Violin Concerto
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (05/24/2010-05/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Elgar, Edward : The Crown of India, Op. 66 :: Interlude
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (05/24/2010-05/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Elgar, Edward : Polonia, Op. 76
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (05/24/2010-05/26/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915