Thursday, August 25, 2011

Barbirolli Conducts Elgar EMI 5CDs

This box contains a collection of Barbirolli's late Elgar recordings for EMI, from the sixties. All recordings have been previously released as singular discs, but some - e.g., the symphonies - are out of print. This box is thus a welcome release. Barbirolli's Elgar interpretation must be seen as essential for any serious collection, in addition to Boult's and Elgar's own recordings. The particular warmth and passion that is so typical for Barbirolli's interpretations make these recordings so special. In my view, it is the best Elgar interpretations you probably ever will hear - partly, of course, because they are classic, immortal moments of musical history.

The box collects the following classic and essential recordings.

Symphonies 1 & 2, with Philharmonia Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra (rec. 1962 and 1964).
Introduction and Allegro, with Allegri string quartet and Sinfonia of London - a legendary recording from 1962.
Serenade, Sinfonia of London, 1962.
Elegy, Sospiri, and Froissart with New Philharmonia Orchestra, recorded in 1966.
Cockaigne, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1962.
Falstaff, with Hallé Orchestra, recorded in 1964.
Enigma Variations, Philharmonia Orchestra, recorded in 1962.
Pomp and Circumstances, Philharmonia Orchestra, recorded in 1962 and 1966.
Sea Pictures, with Janet Baker and London Symphony Orchestra, recorded in 1965 - a legendary recording.
Cello concerto, with Jacqueline du Pré and London Symphony Orchestra, recorded in 1965 - another legendary recording.

All these are crème de la crème Elgar interpretations, and many of them have a legendary status. The only real complaint is that EMI could have added Barbirolli's excellent interpretation of Elgar's Gerontius as well. And even if EMI has not provided new digital remasterings but only collected their old ones in this box - just to mention another possible complaint - it is an essential, shelf-space saving purchase. Sonically, the recordings are all very fine.

In sum, this is the best Elgar collection you can get for your money. The only rival is Leonard Slatkin's Elgar box (RCA), but it's no match for Barbirolli's box, even if it is good in in own right. Strongly and warmly recommended!


  1. Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part01.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part02.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part03.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part04.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part05.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part06.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part07.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part08.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part09.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part10.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part11.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part12.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part13.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part14.rar Works-Barbirolli-EMI.part15.rar

  2. Dear bayreuth,
    would it be possible to reupload these wonderful recordings?
    Many thanks in advance


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