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Elgar: Violin Concerto / Introduction & Allegro CD

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  • Performer: Nigel Kennedy
  • Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (6 Mar. 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000CR5RWM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moderato -
2. Allegro -
3. Allegro [Fugue]
4. I. Allegro
5. II. Andante
6. III. Allegro molto - Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto (Tempo I)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This disc couples Handley's Introduction and Allegro from 1983 with Kennedy's first recording of the concerto from 1984. Both originally appeared on budget priced EMI discs with the concerto achieving near cult status at that time. The Introduction and Allegro was originally coupled with Falstaff and is still in my collection. The concerto was finally deleted because of inferior sound which did not compete with the several later recordings of note from other violinists including himself with Rattle. This remastered version has greatly improved the sound by adding considerable presence, depth of field etc. and so once more, this disc enters my catalogue as a serious contender.

There are now two identical versions of this disc available dated 2006 and 2013. The content and the remastering are the same and the price seems very much the same.

Getting the additional Introduction and Allegro out of the way first, all that needs to be said is that Handley gives a strong and idiomatic reading along the lines of Boult. The recording is very good and improved as above when compared to the previous issue.

Handley is a key factor when considering the two versions of this concerto by Kennedy. He has the full measure of the orchestral requirements and is not distracted from maintaining the forward momentum by investigating interesting sidelines en route. This in turn is an encouragement for Kennedy to keep moving, except of course, at the points where there is a genuine need to adopt a more relaxed pace. The extended coda in the finale is certainly allowed to develop without the need for forward pacing for example. As both Kennedy and Rattle are inclined to enjoy the moment rather than the arrival, there is a tendency for the later performance to lose drive at times.
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