Elgar Cockaigne Overture Cello Concerto Elegy For Strings The Wand Of Youth Suites 1 & 2

Beinum Eduard Van Lpo

Elgar Cockaigne Overture Cello Concerto Elegy For Strings The Wand Of Youth Suites 1 & 2
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Elgar Cockaigne Overture Cello Concerto Elegy For Strings The Wand Of Youth Suites 1 & 2

Beinum Eduard Van Lpo

Catalogue # 4804249

Bringing together Eduard van Beinum’s complete Elgar recordings for Decca, this important historic reissue presents multi-faceted sides of the composer: his sense of national pride in Cockaigne, his fondness of childhood memories in The Wand of Youth, and his profundity in the little Elegy and his masterpiece, the Cello Concerto. The Wand of Youth music actually originated as far back as 1870 when the Elgar children, at their home at Broadheath near Worcester, concocted a family playlet for which the youthful composer provided some music. He kept the music of this enchantingly innocent premise and, 37 years later, at a time when he was feeling his way into the very different world of his first symphony, looked over the sketches and decided to re-score them for full orchestra. The music was such a success when Henry Wood premièred the first suite in London in 1907 that Elgar straightaway produced a second which, conducted by him at the 1908 Three Choirs Festival at Worcester, happily took the music right back to its geographical source nearly 40 years before.

Elgar:
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 ‘In London Town’
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Elegy for strings, Op. 58
The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1, Op. 1a
The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2, Op. 1b

Anthony Pini (cello) London Philharmonic Orchestra, Eduard van Beinum

Review

This release, originally recorded in 1949-51, is an unusual look at the music of Sir Edward Elgar. Although the orchestra is the London Philharmonic, the cellist Anthony Pini firmly raised in the English musical tradition, the man at the helm conducting is of Dutch origin, Eduard van Beinum. What is immediately apparent is his enthusiasm for the music of Elgar and how he seems to invisibly shape the musicians into becoming the best they can be. Although the sound quality is not great, it does not diminish the joy found here.

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