Elgar: The Legacy (Vol. 2)

LPO–D928

Track 1: 13:08 COCKAIGNE OVERTURE, OP. 40 (‘IN LONDON TOWN’)
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, on 9, 10 & 13 May 1949 ℗ 2023 London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kenneth Wilkinson engineer Victor Olaf producer

Track 2: 03:41 ELEGY FOR STRINGS, OP. 58
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, on 9, 10 & 13 May 1949 ℗ 2023 London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kenneth Wilkinson engineer Victor Olaf producer

Track 3–9: 19:31 THE WAND OF YOUTH, SUITE NO. 1, OP. 1A
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, on 4–5 February 1949 ℗ 2023 London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kenneth Wilkinson engineer Victor Olaf producer

Track 10–15: 14:44 THE WAND OF YOUTH, SUITE NO. 2, OP. 1B
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, on 13 February 1950 ℗ 2007 London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Victor Olaf producer

Track 16–19: 26:32 CELLO CONCERTO IN E MINOR, OP. 85
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, on 13 May 1949 (with four sides being remade at Kingsway Hall, 12 April 1950) ℗ 2023 London Philharmonic
Orchestra.
Kenneth Wilkinson engineer Victor Olaf producer

Track 20–21: 08:19 FANTASIA & FUGUE IN C MINOR, OP. 86 (AFTER J S BACH, BWV 537)
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, on 3 October 1949 ℗ 2007 London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anthony Griffith/Arthur Clarke engineers
Lawrence Collingwood/David Bicknell producers

Post-production Andrew Walton, K&A Productions (Tracks 1–9, 16–19); Mike Dutton (Tracks 10–15); James Waterhouse, K&A Productions

Notes by Andrew Neill, former Chairman of the Elgar Society (1992-2008).

Cover photograph © Adobe Stock

CD: Elgar: The Legacy (Vol. 2)

Sir Edward Elgar
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 (‘In London Town’)
Elegy for Strings
The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 1, Op. 1A
The Wand of Youth, Suite No. 2, Op. 1B
Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
Fantasia & Fugue in C Minor, Op. 86 (After JS Bach, BWV 537)

Eduard van Beinum conductor
Sir Adrian Boult conductor
Anthony Pini cello

Dutch conductor Eduard van Beinum left an indelible mark on the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Post-war Britain, aiding its recovery from the hardships of war. In particular he introduced Mahler’s works to the LPO, and dedicated his time to British repertoire, and recorded Elgar’s The Wand of Youth Suites with the Orchestra, pioneering the use of tape technology.

Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a cherished composition, received a new lease of life through van Beinum’s collaboration with cellist Anthony Pini – the cellist’s lyrical prowess and van Beinum’s guidance yielding a recording that rivals esteemed versions by artists like Pablo Casals and Paul Tortelier.

The release is accompanied by insightful notes by Andrew Neill, former Chairman of the Elgar Society (1992-2008).

The LPO wishes to thank Philip Stuart, the David Michell estate, and
Jonathan Summers at the British Library for facilitating this release.

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