El­gar’s lost record­ings

BBC Music Magazine - - THE FULL SCORE -

Un­til now, El­gar’s record­ing of his El­egy, Op. 58 from Au­gust 1933 with the London Phil­har­monic Orches­tra has been the ear­li­est avail­able ver­sion of this ada­gio for string orches­tra, thought to be a me­mo­rial to his friend Au­gust Jaeger. But a re­cent dis­cov­ery of a test press­ing from an ear­lier record­ing with the BBC Sym­phony Orches­tra pushes the time­line back to April that year. This is just one of the remastered gems on a new CD en­ti­tled El­gar Re­dis­cov­ered (SOMMCD 0167). The disc also in­cludes the very first record­ing of El­gar’s Vi­olin Con­certo, recorded in Oc­to­ber 1916 with Al­bert Sam­mons as the soloist and Sir Henry Wood con­duct­ing.

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