Edward Elgar: Elgar from America, Vol. 5

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SOMM RECORDINGS adds to its acclaimed treasure trove of historic
recordings with Volume III of Elgar from America, again masterminded by
the extraordinary restoration talents of Lani Spahr.
Its centrepiece is a live 1959 Carnegie Hall recording of Elgar’s masterpiece,
The Dream of Gerontius, with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra
conducted by one of the composer’s most eloquent and ardent champions,
Sir John Barbirolli.
Elgar hailed Barbirolli as 'a rising hope of music in England for whom I
have admiration and in whose work I have confidence'. His trust in the
conductor led to a long, mutually admiring relationship between two men
who did so much to define English music.
The soloists include Richard Lewis (Gerontius), Maureen Forrester (The
Angel) and Morley Meredith (The Priest and the Angel of the Agony).
Also recorded live in 1959 is the Introduction and Allegro for Strings, with
Barbirolli and the NYP-SO joined by violinists John Corigliano and Leopold
Rybb, William Lincer on viola, and cellist Laszlo Varga. Making their first
appearance on disc are two choruses from Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf
with J Spencer Cornwall directing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1953
and 1956.
Elgar from America, Volume I (ARIADNE 5005) was hailed by Classical Music
Daily as 'a fine start to this historic cycle' while MusicWeb International
called it 'a model of one of the things the CD should be doing that one
cannot simply over-hear…Essential listening'.
Of Volume II (ARIADNE 5008), MusicWeb International said: 'Elgar aficionados
will want to hear this disc', adding: 'Lani Spahr’s transfers and booklet
notes are alike excellent'.
Lani Spahr’s previous restorations of historic Elgar recordings for SOMM
Recordings include Elgar Rediscovered (SOMMCD 0167) and the four-disc
set Elgar Remastered (SOMMCD 261-4) which featured recordings from the
composer’s own collection and was hailed by Audiophilia as 'a fascinating
achievement which will have you wishing for more'.
Item number ARIADNE 5015-2
Barcode 748871501522
Release date 04/03/2022
Label SOMM Recordings
Media type CD
Number of units 2
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