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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another superb addition to the recordings of Elgar's music..., 9 April 2012
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This review is from: Elgar: Cello Concerto (Chandos: CHAN 10709) (Audio CD)
This is a superb recording of all the works in this disc with everyone involved giving their 'all'. I suppose the disc's main work is the 'cello concerto which couldn't be more different to another more famous recording, although this proves abundantly that there is room for many approaches to this wonderful piece.

Paul Watkins and Sir Andrew Davies give a reading that combines tenderness with a real Elgarian sense of 'getting on with it'. (Listen to Elgar's own recordings on a bargain EMI set which set the standard for all those who followed). Although I'm a huge fan of the 'famous recording' there is no doubt that, in recent years, there has been a trend towards treating the piece in a less overtly emotional style.

The other works have real flair and insight and if Sir Andrew can't bring the sheer heft to the Introduction and Allegro that Sir John Barbirolli brought, let's face it, who could?! The strings of the BBC Phil. prove themselves to be inferior to no other Orchestra. (Including the Berlin Phil.!)

The P & C Marches are, for me, the revelation of the disc. As a passionate Elgarian, I've always been slightly embarassed by them but here you want to stand in your sitting room and cheer! The swagger is infectious with everyone obviously enjoying themselves hugely.

On the technical side, it's a pity this disc hasn't been recorded in SACD.

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Initial post: 19 May 2013, 22:29:43 BST
Dera Mr. Roy:

What is the best STUDIO version of the Elgar's P & C Marches?

I look forward to your reply.

Yours Faithful,
Nate
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