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Elgar Conducts Elgar - Symphony No. 1; Falstaff CD

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  • Performer: Edward Elgar
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Edward Elgar
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Historical
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Before its sensational première in 1908, Hans Richter, the work's dedicatee and first conductor, acclaimed Elgar's Symphony No. 1 as 'the greatest symphony of modern times'. Although Falstaff is often treated merely comically, Elgar's virtuosic tone poem presents him and Prince Hal with a psychological insight truly worthy of Shakespeare. On these historic and thrillingly realized recordings, made between 1930 and 1932, there really is no match for the composer's insight and instinctive way with his own works, especially when conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, of which he had been principal conductor from 1911 to 1913.


''Elgar's recordings of his own music have come to be regarded as one of the great achievements of gramophone history.'' --MusicWeb International

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Naxos have 3 CDs offering historical recordings from the 1920's and 30's of Elgar's works conducted by the composer himself. The year 2007 represented the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth (in 1857) and these releases are a fitting way to celebrate this event.

The 3 discs are:

1) Symphony No. 1 (1930), Falstaff (1931/1932)

2) Symphony No. 2 (1927), Cello Concerto (1928)

3) Enigma Variations, Cockaigne Overture (1926-1933)

The sound quality is admirably restored by producer and audio engineer Mark Obert-Thorn, although don't expect it to be like today's standards for these are archive recordings originally recorded by HMV from an era before surround sound, SACD and stereo, so they are muddy mono recordings without vibrancy or depth.

Sound quality though is unimportant considering the conductor here is Sir Edward Elgar himself, at the age of 70 plus, directing the orchestra to play his music exactly as he wanted it to be heard. This is no interpretation of Elgar, this IS Elgar, and we are hearing the very essence of the composer breathing life into these works, lifting them with his baton and endorsing them with nostalgia and historical importance.

Better performances and recordings of all these works are available, but for historical importance these ones are priceless.
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