Elgar from America Vol.2: Violin Concerto, Introduction & Allegro, Cockaigne Overture | Somm ARIADNE5008

Elgar from America Vol.2: Violin Concerto, Introduction & Allegro, Cockaigne Overture

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Label: Somm

Cat No: ARIADNE5008

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 21st August 2020

Contents

Artists

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Mischa Mischako (violin)
Edwin Bachmann (violin)
Carlton Cooley (viola)
Frank Miller (cello)
NBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Malcolm Sargent
Arturo Toscanini

Works

Elgar, Edward

Cockaigne Overture 'In London Town', op.40
Introduction and Allegro for strings, op.47
Violin Concerto in B minor, op.61 (abridged)

Artists

Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Mischa Mischako (violin)
Edwin Bachmann (violin)
Carlton Cooley (viola)
Frank Miller (cello)
NBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

Malcolm Sargent
Arturo Toscanini

About

SOMM Recordings is delighted to announce Elgar from America, Volume 2: the first commercial release of three historic performances from 1940s’ New York featuring legendary Elgarian interpreters including violinist Yehudi Menuhin and conductors Malcolm Sargent and Arturo Toscanini at the helm of the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

The results offer a fascinating transatlantic perspective on a titan of British music while revealing his musical legacy in a country he visited annually from 1905-07 and again in 1911.

The featured recordings date from the first half of the 1940s and have been restored and remastered by the multi-award-winning audio restoration engineer Lani Spahr, who also provides informative booklet notes.

Menuhin, long associated with Elgar since his 1932 recording of the Violin Concerto, is heard here in a 1945 performance of the work, abbreviated to fit radio constraints of time. It is conducted by Sargent who also leads an account of Cockaigne (In London Town) Concert-Overture from the same year.

Toscanini’s 1940 performance of the Introduction and Allegro for Strings marks the only time he conducted it with the NBC SO, joined here by Mischa Mischako and Edwin Bachmann, violins, Carlton Cooley, viola, and Frank Miller, cello.

Elgar from America, Volume 1 (ARIADNE5005) 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: filling the medium to capacity with engaging and/or controversial interpretations that one cannot simply over-hear... Essential listening.”

Lani Spahr’s previous restorations of historic Elgar recordings for SOMM Recordings include Elgar Rediscovered (SOMMCD0167) and the four-disc set Elgar Remastered (SOMMCD261-4) 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”.

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