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Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Cello Concerto, Elegy For Strings, Wand Of Youth / Pini, Beinum

Elgar / Pini / London Phil Orch / Van Beinum
Release Date: 11/08/2011 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4804249   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Anthony Pini
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ELGAR Cello Concerto. Cockaigne Overture. Elegy for Strings. The Wand of Youth: Suites Nos. 1, 2 Eduard van Beinum, cond; Anthony Pini (vc); London PO DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 4249 (77:40)


Set down during the transition from 78s to 33s, these were groundbreaking recordings. At the time, Elgar was rarely taken up by non-British conductors. In fact, Elgar recordings by anyone were still Read more scarce; this 1949 performance was, for years, the only available LP of the Cello Concerto. Fair enough, but aside from their historic status, how do they hold up? Remarkably well. Eduard van Beinum was just starting his brief tenure as principal conductor of the London Philharmonic, but there’s a palpable sense of communication in these high-energy readings, which offer lean and tangy, even slightly wiry, interpretations—interpretations that, with their clean textures and bold timbral contrasts, run slightly against the grain of tradition.


On the whole, the quicker passages come across best; you’re more apt, for instance, to remember the concerto for the biting brass in the finale than for any special depth in the Adagio, just as you’re more apt to remember the first Wand of Youth Suite for the rhythmic vitality and Tchaikovskian sparkle of the finale than for the nostalgia of the “Slumber Scene.” Still, there are moments of poignant tenderness, too (the Elegy is especially eloquent). As for the soloist: Anthony Pini, the orchestra’s principal cellist at the time, may not have the expressive range of Jacqueline du Pré or, toward the opposite end of the interpretive spectrum, the paradoxically aristocratic intensity of Paul Tortelier. Still, he plays with a soft-spoken confidence that is, on its own terms, entirely winning.


The winds sometimes seem slightly approximate in their more rapid-fire outbursts (for instance, “The Little Bells” from Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 ). But for the most part, the orchestral playing is deft, and the sound is fine for the period. Far from essential, perhaps, but warmly commended to Elgarians with extensive collections.


FANFARE: Peter J. Rabinowitz
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Works on This Recording

1.
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; England 
2.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Anthony Pini (Cello)
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
3.
Elegy for Strings, Op. 58 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
4.
The Wand of Youth Suite no 1, Op. 1a by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
5.
The Wand of Youth Suite no 2, Op. 1b by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908; England 

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