Li-Wei Qin, London PO, Zhang Yi - Edward Elgar; Benjamin Britten; William Walton: Cello Concertos (2014)

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto; Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
William Walton: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2014)
Li-Wei Qin, cello; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Zhang Yi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 315 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 8896661 | Time: 01:15:26

An offering of two iconic British cello concertos, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and distinguished cellist Li-Wei Qin, separated by an atmospheric and musically detailed recording of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes conducted by Zhang Yi.
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Sea Pictures (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Sea Pictures (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 124:18 minutes | 1.42 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The peerless Elgarian Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in this new recording of Elgars choral masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius, recognized today by many as the greatest choral work by any English composer. Joining conductor and orchestra are star soloists Stuart Skelton, David Soar and Sarah Connolly, who also sings here in the Elgar song cycle Sea Pictures.
Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts: Bruch, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Elgar, Mendelssohn (2005)

Nigel Kennedy - Inner Thoughts (2005)
Max Bruch, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Antonio Vivaldi, Felix Mendelssohn, Edward Elgar

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 394 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 184 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 0946 3 31049 2 1 | Time: 01:09:33

Medieval Baebes and other far greater shocks to the bourgeoisie have come along. Wild adventures placed under the rubric of performances of Vivaldi's Four Seasons are commonplace. Yet Nigel Kennedy continues to roost atop the classical sales charts in Europe, and even to command a decent following in the U.S. despite a low American tolerance for British eccentricity. How does he do it? He has kept reinventing himself successfully. Perhaps he's the classical world's version of Madonna: he's possessed of both unerring commercial instincts and with enough of a sense of style to be able to dress them up as forms of rebellion. Inner Thoughts is a collection of slow movements – inner movements of famous concertos from Bach and Vivaldi to Brahms, Bruch, and Elgar. Actually, the only composer falling into the middle of that large chronological gap is Mendelssohn; Kennedy apparently needs a sort of otherworldly serenity for this project, which Baroque and post-Romantic slow movements may have, but Mozart does not. At any rate, this is no radical idea; it's a softball straight up the middle.
James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong - Debussy, Elgar, Respighi & Sibelius: Violin Sonatas (2016)

James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong - Debussy, Elgar, Respighi & Sibelius: Violin Sonatas
Classical | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, booklet | 68:54 min | 260 MB
Label: Onyx Classics | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2016

After a rapturous critical reception for their Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, [see below] James and Andrew turn their attention to three violin sonatas all composed around the years of World War I. The Sibelius 'Berceuse' also dates from the war years when Finland was isolated from the rest of Europe. Sibelius was short of money and busy writing the 6th and 7th symphonies, and planning his 8th: the six short pieces of Op. 79 were attractive to publishers who were wary of large scale works with little chance of commercial return during the hostilities.
Nigel Kennedy/London Philharmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Violin Concerto (1984)

Nigel Kennedy/London Philharmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Violin Concerto (1984)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 188 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 123 mb
Genre: classical

Elgar: Violin Concerto is a 1984 album by Nigel Kennedy and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vernon Handley. This was released on Angel/EMI.
Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004)

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004)
Hilary Hahn, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 70 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 474 5042 | Time: 01:06:04

Elgar’s Violin Concerto has a certain mystique about it independent of the knee-jerk obeisance it has received in the British press. It probably is the longest and most difficult of all Romantic violin concertos, requiring not just great technical facility but great concentration from the soloist and a real partnership of equals with the orchestra. And like all of Elgar’s large orchestral works, it is extremely episodic in construction and liable to fall apart if not handled with a compelling sense of the long line. In reviewing the score while listening to this excellent performance, I was struck by just how fussy Elgar’s indications often are: the constant accelerandos and ritards, and the minute (and impractical) dynamic indications that ask more questions than they sometimes answer. No version, least of all the composer’s own, even attempts to realize them all: it would be impossible without italicizing and sectionalizing the work to death.
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Elgar: Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations (2013)

Jean-Guihen Queyras - Elgar: Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations (2013)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log, scans) | Covers Included | 60:44 | 274 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC 902148

French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras explores the late Romantic repertoire on this 2013 Harmonia Mundi release and finds a kind of mirroring of intentions and expressions between Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, and Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, Op. 85. While this is a rather subjective understanding of the music that listeners can either take or leave, there's no denying that Queyras, conductor Jirí Belohlávek, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra offer performances of both works that are evocative and beautiful, with or without any underlying connections.
London SCO, Richard Hickox, Soloists -  Edward Elgar: The Kingdom; Sospiri; Sursum Corda (1989) 2CDs Re-release 2015

Edward Elgar - The Kingdom; Sospiri; Sursum Corda (1989) 2CDs Re-release 2015
London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, conductor
Margaret Marshall, soprano; Felicity Palmer, mezzo-soprano; Arthur Davies, tenor
David Wilson-Johnson, bass; Roderick Elms, organ

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 480 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 265 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 241-54 | Time: 01:48:44

Following the success of The Dream of Gerontius in 1900 and The Apostles in 1903, the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival commissioned Elgar to produce another large oratorio for the 1906 festival. The Kingdom continues the narrative of the lives of Jesus’ disciples, depicting the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events of the next few days. Although less frequently performed than The Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom is considered one of Elgar’s greatest choral works, and deserves to rank alongside it. This re-release of the 1989 recording also features Sursum Corda and Sospiri, two short, reflective instrumental pieces, release honors the legacy of the late English conductor Sir Richard Hickox.

BBC - Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask (2010)  Video

Posted by Tutorial at May 30, 2016
BBC - Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask (2010)

BBC - Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask (2010)
HDTV | 1280 x 720 | .MKV/AVC @ 3000 Kbps | 1h 29mn | 2.13 GB
Audio: English AC-3 384 kbps, 6 channels | Subs: English
Genre: Documentary

The composer of Land of Hope and Glory is often regarded as the quintessential English gentleman, but Edward Elgar's image of hearty nobility was deliberately contrived. In reality, he was awkward, nervous, self-pitying and often rude, while his marriage to his devoted wife Alice was complicated by romantic entanglements which fired his creative energy. In this revelatory portrait, John Bridcut explores the secret conflicts in Elgar's nature which produced some of Britain's greatest music.

Elgar (1962)  Video

Posted by Tutorial at April 17, 2016
Elgar (1962)

Elgar (1962)
DVDRip | 640 x 480 | .MKV/AVC @ 967 Kbps | 54mn 51s | English MP3 128 kbps, 1 channel | 439 MB
Genre: Documentary

A partly dramatised account of the life of Sir Edward Elgar classical composer.