London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult, conductor
Vernon Handley, conductor
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
Sir Landon Ronald, conductor
Sir Georg Solti, conductor
A special relationship with the music of Edward Elgar has seen the London Philharmonic Orchestra referred to as 'Elgar's Orchestra'. This comprehensive survey of Elgar's music encompasses reissues of landmark recordings, and historic recordings conducted by, among others, the composer himself.
Included in this five-CD set is the first release of Sea Pictures with contralto Dame Janet Baker conducted by Vernon Handley and recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall; definitive performances of the First Symphony under the baton of former Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti (released by Decca in 1972) and the Second Symphony under Vernon Handley; Paul Tortelier's memorable account of the Cello Concerto under another former Principal Conductor, Sir Adrian Boult (released by EMI in 1973) and a previously unreleased CD recording of Falstaff, also conducted by Boult and rare performances of the Elegy for String Orchestra, concert overture Froissart and an excerpt from Three Characteristic Pieces conducted by Elgar himself. Every conductor and artist on this collection has enjoyed a close, fruitful and critically acclaimed association with the music of Elgar. This is a must-have collection.