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ADRIAN BOULT CONDUCTS ELGAR: THE COMPLETE EMI RECORDINGS

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Back in 1920, having heard the young Adrian Boult conduct the Second Symphony, Sir Edward Elgar was certain: ‘My reputation in the future is safe in your hands. It was a wonderful series of sounds. Bless you!’ How right Elgar was, as this treasury confirms: the first set to unite all of Boult’s recordings for EMI of a composer he conducted and recorded throughout his long career. We can thereby hear four different versions of the Enigma Variations, recorded between 1936 and 1970, and marvel at their clear-sighted consistency as much as changing nuances of expression over the years.

The oldest recording in this collection, being Sir Adrian’s first of his long association with Elgar, that of the orchestration of the Chopin: Funeral March from his Piano Sonata No. 2, commissioned by the Gramophone Company, was attended by the composer and his daughter.

About a tenth of the total collection is available on CD for the first time in this box set.

This set is part of our series of releases marking 30 years since the conductor’s passing.Elgar:
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 'In London Town'
Froissart Overture, Op. 19
recorded 1971
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15 No. 1
Chanson de Matin, Op. 15 No. 2
Bavarian Dances (3)
The Light of Life, Op. 29 'Lux Christi' - Meditation
Imperial March, Op. 32
recorded 1976
Triumphal March from Caractacus
Enigma Variations, Op. 36
recorded 1970
London Symphony Orchestra
Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5, Op. 39
recorded 1976/7
Grania and Diarmid, Op. 42 - Incidental Music
Dream Children, Op. 43
recorded 1974
Empire March
The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1, Op. 1a
recorded 1967
Carillon, Op. 75
The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2, Op. 1b
Polonia
Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, Op. 86 (after Bach, BWV 537)
recorded 1973
Overture in D minor (after Handel, HWV247)
Funeral March
Chopin orch. Elgar. recorded 1974
Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
recorded 1976
In the South (Alassio), Op. 50
recorded 1970
Elegy for strings, Op. 58
Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sospiri, Op. 70
BBC Symphony Orchestra
The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47
recorded 1972
Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68
recorded 1973
Nursery Suite
Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, Op. 86 (after Bach, BWV 537)
recorded 1949
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61
recorded 1965
Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
recorded 1972
Paul Tortelier (violoncello)
The Music Makers, Op. 69
Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano)
London Philharmonic Choir
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38
Helen Watts (The Angel), Nicolai Gedda (Gerontius), Robert Lloyd (The Priest, The Angel of the Agony)
London Philharmonic Choir & New Philharmonia Orchestra
The Apostles, Op. 49
Sheila Armstrong (The Blessed Virgin), Helen Watts (Mary Magdalene), Robert Tear (St. John), Benjamin Luxon (St. Peter), Clifford Grant (Judas), John Carol Case (Jesus)
Choir of Downe House School & London Philharmonic Choir
The Kingdom, Op. 51
Margaret Price (The Blessed Virgin), Yvonne Minton (Mary Magdalene), Alexander Young (St. John), John Shirley-Quirk (St. Peter)
London Philharmonic Choir
Coronation Ode, Op. 44
Bonus Track
Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson (contralto), Richard Morton (tenor), Stephen Roberts (bass)
Cambridge University Musical Society Chorus, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, New Philharmonia Orchestra & Band of the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Sir Philip Ledger
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
recorded 1945
Pablo Casals (violoncello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Enigma Variations, Op. 36
recorded 1936
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47
recorded 1937
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Imperial March, Op. 32
recorded 1937
BBC Symphony Orchestra
The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 - Prelude
recorded 1934
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Funeral March
Chopin orch. Elgar. recorded 1932
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
recorded 1944
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61
recorded 1977/8
Ida Haendel (violin)
Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47
recorded 1961
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 3 in C minor, Op. 39 No. 3
recorded 1953
Enigma Variations, Op. 36
recorded 1961
Dream Children, Op. 43
recorded 1955
Froissart Overture, Op. 19
recorded 1955
Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5, Op. 39
recorded 1955
In the South (Alassio), Op. 50
recorded 1955
Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor, Op. 68
recorded 1950
The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1, Op. 1a
recorded 1953
Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
recorded 1949
Enigma Variations, Op. 36
recorded 1953
plus:
The Apostles & The Kingdom:
An illustrated introduction by Sir Adrian Boult