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Wed 10 May, 2017:
Elgar: The Spirit of England, Op 80; A Voice in the wilderness (Une voix dans le désert), Op 77; Grania and Diarmid, Op 42; Bax: In Memoriam

The Spirit of England dates from World War One. It’s of deeply-felt and rousing sentiments, stylistically retrospective in the first piece (‘The...

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Wed 05 Apr, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55; Introduction and Allegro, Op 47

Edward Gardner presides over a dashingly articulate, enviably integrated and deeply-felt account of Elgar's mighty A flat major symphony featuring the...

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Mon 13 Mar, 2017:
Elgar: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63; Carissima; Mina; Chanson de matin, Op 15 No 2

Here's a memorable companion release to this team's stimulating take on Elgar's First Symphony (reviewed by Ivor Solomons on 16 March 2015). Drawing...

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Wed 04 Jan, 2017:
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op 36; In the South (Alassio), Op 50; Carillon, Op 75; Une voix dans le désert, Op 77; Le drapeau belge, Op 79; Pleading, Op 48

In the South swaggers in as it should, but Vivace here isn’t as thrusting as might have been expected. Restraint hints at thoughtfulness; and Martyn...

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Wed 05 Oct, 2016:
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55; In the South, Op 50

Sir Antonio Pappano directs a gutsy, intrepidly characterful and consistently stimulating account of Elgar's magnificent First Symphony. It was...

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Mon 12 Sep, 2016:
Stojowski: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op 22; Romanze in E flat major, Op 20; Wieniawski: Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l'opéra Faust de Gounod, Op 20

Polish composers Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) and Zygmunt Stojowski (1869-1946) make a good pairing. Stojowski’s Violin Concerto and Romanze, both...

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Wed 11 May, 2016:
Elgar: Symphony No 1 in A flat major, Op 55

Ignore the moustache supposedly proclaiming imperialism. Sense instead a modernist who in 1908 still believed in symphonic form but stripped of...

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Tue 26 Apr, 2016:
Elgar: Violin Sonata in E minor, Op 82; Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor; Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor; Sibelius: Berceuse, Op 79 No 6

At one level, this disc of violin sonatas by Debussy, Elgar and Respighi (not to mention the little encore work by Sibelius) gives us some idea about...

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Thu 07 Apr, 2016:
Reger: Violin Concerto in A major, Op 101 (arr for chamber ensemble by Rudolf Kolisch)

Arnold Schoenberg reckoned that the music of Max Reger deserved frequent exposure, primarily because Reger was a genius. Seconded. Rudolf Kolisch’s...

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Wed 30 Mar, 2016:
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85; Walton: Cello Concerto; Holst: Invocation, Op 19 No 1; Imogen Holst: The fall of the leaf

A quarter of a century and more has passed since Steven Isserlis recorded Elgar’s angst-ridden Cello Concerto with Richard Hickox and the London...

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Wed 13 Jan, 2016:
Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op 37; Polonia, Op 76; Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op 39

Here the Halle Orchestra's own label provides a solid mix of the well-known, lesser-known and all-but-unknown Elgar. Alice Coote gives a refined if...

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Wed 02 Dec, 2015:
Coleridge-Taylor: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op 80; Delius: Suite for violin and orchestra; Haydn Wood: Violin Concerto in A minor

This disc raises the interesting question about going outside the mainstream repertoire. If you're worried about unfamiliarity, then you'll find that...

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