ELGAR REDISCOVERED
An Anthology of forgotten recordings.

ELGAR: Elegy for String Orchestra, Op. 58. Sonatina (1889) Serenade (1932). La Capriceuse, Op 17 (1891). Coronation March, Op. 65 (1911). Edward German: Coronation March & Hymn (1911) Coronation Ode, Op. 44 (1902). - Crown the King,. Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27 (1895). Kyrie from The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38 (1900). The Fringes of the Fleet (1917) (The Lowestoft Boat. Fate's Discourtesy.).The Pipes of Pan (1899). Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (Where corals lie). Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 61 (1819 - abridged). Salut d'Amour, Op 12 (1888).
Various performers
SOMM RECORDS CD -167 TT: 76:36
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NICANOR ZABALETA
MOZART: Concerto in C for Flute and Harp, K. 299 BOÏELDIEU: Harp Concerto in C. RAVEL: Introduction and Allegro. BACH: Prelude in C minor. KRUMPHOLTZ: Aria with Variations. FAURÉ: Une Chatelaine en sa tour. ALBÉNIZ: Sonata in D.
Nicanor Zabaleta, harp.
SYMPONIA CD ERM 1034 TT: 73:27

SHURA CHERKASSKY
MENDELSSOHN: Rondo Capriccioso, Op 14. SCHUMANN: Sonata No. 1 in f-sharp minor, Op. 11. BERG: Sonata, Op. 1. DEBUSSY: L'isle joyteuse. STRAVINSKY: Three movements from Petrushka. POULENC: Toccata
SYMPHONIA CD ERMITAGE 1033: 68:11

This Elgar collection is fascinating and important for collectors. Lani Spahr has tracked down numerous rare recordings of music of Elgar and transferred them expertly. Some of these have never been published before, and the detailed program notes by Harold Northrop Moore give details about the music and recording circumstances. It is surprising how good some of these recordings sound considering that some date back more than a century. This is the second Elgar disk issued by SOMM; already available is Elgar Rediscovered (SOMM 0167). Both of these are remarkable opportunities to hear important obscure recordings of the past.

Nicanor Zabaleta (1907 - 1993) was the most famous harpist of his time and recorded profusely for DGG. This Sinfonia CD offers a wide-ranging collection from the Spanish harpist's repertory, from Bach to Poulenc and Ravel. All of these have been issued before. Should you wish this collection, very well remastered from unidentified original sources, here it is. CD notes give us a brief history of harp performances, in English, French and Italian. They do not give any information about dates of the recordings, a major oversight for a full-price CD.

Shura Cherkassky (1909 - 1995) was one of the century's great Romantic pianists, a supreme virtuoso as well who on occasion was rather eccentric. He made many recordings and collectors are fortunate to have his live BBC Proms performances of Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 and Prokofiev Concerto 2 (REVIEW). This new Symphonia disk offers the program listed above, remarkable all, in particular the Stravinsky. The label gives us a lengthy discussion of Cherkassky's playing style, in English, French and Italian, but doesn't identify the source of these live recordings. How could they overlook such important information?

R.E.B. (May 2017)