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CHSA 5083 - Elgar: Violin Concerto/ Interlude from Crown of India/Polonia
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Available From: 15 October 2010

Elgar: Violin Concerto, etc. – Tasmin Little, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davies

Tasmin Little’s recording of the Elgar’s Violin Concerto has been released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the work’s first performance. In concert Tasmin is especially associated with Elgar’s Violin Concerto: in 2007, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Edward Elgar, she performed the concerto on a major tour to Southeast Asia and Australia, and she has also performed it extensively in London – at the BBC Proms, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall. What makes this recording especially interesting is that she has included the cadenza used in the work’s first recording, which was made in 1916 with Marie Hall. For that occasion, Elgar ‘beefed-up’ the cadenza by, amongst other things, adding harps to counter the sonic limitations of the acoustic recording process. For those used to hearing the standard version, the result makes for fascinating listening, and the recording will prove a valuable addition to the Elgar discography. The cadenza has been tracked separately as Tasmin Little has also recorded the concerto’s familiar cadenza.

The Violin Concerto is complemented by the charming Interlude, for violin and orchestra, from The Crown of India, and the rarely recorded but imposing Polonia, an inventive and colourful score using genuine polish material, which was commissioned by the Polish conductor Emil Mlynarski in 1915 and dedicated to Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the pianist-composer and, later, Prime Minister of Poland.

Reviews

“…Tasmin Little herself is outstanding throughout… a highly successful disc. Outstanding throughout.”

Simon Thompson – musicweb-international.com - 11 April 2011

 

****
Steff - Pizzicato - April 2011

           ****

Alberto Cantù


Musica - March 2011

“… Davis gives a carefully thought out reading [Polonia] which at the same time revels in the sheer enjoyment of the themes and their orchestration. The recording, too, is superb.”
 “…The Interlude from The Crown of India is a minor masterpiece, and is marvelously played by Tasmin Little.” 
 “…And so to the concerto itself. In a word stunning.”  “…Tasmin Little brings a classical feel to it- its distant roots in Beethovens concerto are ever present and she always has her emotions under control. That is far from saying that her playing of the music is not emotional, rather that head and heart are in immaculate balance in this interpretation. Andrew Davis and the orchestra match her in thought, word and deed every step of the way.
Whatever favourites you may have in your collection, this will without question enhance it. Don’t hold back!”

Martin Bird


 

Elgar Society Journal - April 2011

“…this new recording fully bears out her [Little’s] love and total empathy with the music. It is a magnificent performance, of the very highest quality, and the recorded sound is, I am certain, the finest this Concerto has ever had on disc.  In penetrating and deeply moving playing, she is wonderfully accompanied by this great orchestra and conductor, making this issue – so far as I am concerned – the first choice today…”
“… a disc that has clearly been planned with considerable care: it is a magnificent achievement all round.”

Robert Matthew-Walker
 

Musical Opinion - January/February 2011

“Little tantalizes with a winning combination of heartfelt passion and engaging simplicity that radiates beguiling warmth.”    *****

 Julian Haylock
       
 

Classic FM Magazine - January 2011

“…This release has given enormous pleasure, a highlight of 2010.”
Peter Joelson

classicalsource.com - 18 December 2010

          ****

Andrew Clarke

The Financial Times - 17 December 2010

“…Little brings a profoundly idiomatic nostalgia to this secretive, yearning, wistful yet passionate music. The extras make it an Elgarian must-have …”

Hugh Canning


 

Sunday Times - 28 November 2010

“…She [Tasmin Little] has waited 20 years before making this recording, and she has a triumph. Playing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Elgarian Andrew Davis, she gives a dynamic performance, wistful in the second, and again achieving sad nostalgia for lost love which Elgar brngs to the final cadenza of the latest movement.”

“…Producer Brian Pidgeon and Engineer Ralph Couzens have achieved a fine sound in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, for this Chandos release.
Peter Spaull

 

Liverpool Daily Post - 19 November 2010

                           Editors Choice
 
“…Andrew Davis brings out all the natural swagger in these patriotic themes and is helped not just by virtuoso playing by the RSNO but by recording that is outstandingly vivid even by Chandos’s high standards.”
                                                                     
Edward Greenfield
 

Gramophone - December 2010

“…For sheer beauty of tone and expressive nostalgia, Tasmin Little and Sir Andrew Davis out-Elgar their rivals…” *****
Michael Kennedy
 

The Sunday Telegraph - 14 November 2010

                ****
                                                              
Geoff Brown

 

The Times - 13 November 2010

“… a superb new recording from Tasmin Little that goes right to the top of the class.”  *****

David Mellor

The Mail on Sunday - 14 November 2010

“…This release celebrates 100 years since the first performance, and includes, on a separate track, the special cadenza – with heavenly harp flourishes – used in the first recording in 1916. This is a fascinating document for Elgar-lovers, but Little’s performance, wistful, poetic and powerful, with sympathetic accompaniment from Davis and the RSNO, demands attention in its own right.”
Fiona Maddocks            

The Observer - 7 November 2010

 

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