Elgar, Vaugn Williams – Enigma Variatons, The Wasps, Greensleeves, Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern (2013) {RR; Half-Speed Master 200g, 45RPM; HiRes} + Redbook



The universe is not exactly desperate for more recordings of this repertoire, but this one, surprising as it might seem, is pretty excellent. Michael Stern and his Kansas City Symphony take to the music as if to the manner born. The Wasps, here given as the complete suite and not just the overture, is delightful. Perhaps the only slight miscalculation in the entire performance is the overly swift March Past of the Kitchen Utensils, which loses some of its comic swagger at Stern’s tempo. Otherwise the overture and (especially) the Ballet and Final Tableau offer pure enjoyment from start to finish. The Fantasia on Greensleeves, un-killable in just about any circumstances, sounds just fine as well.

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Michael Stern
Label: Reference Recordings
VinylRelase Date:  2013
Number of LPs: 2
Vinyl Format : 12 Inch, 200g Pressing, 45RPM
Format: Flac
Resolution: 24/96 + 16/44 downsample
Size: 1,12 GB
Scans: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI/Angel) Sir Edward Elgar – Violin Concerto (Menuhin/Boult)

Menuhin’s actual violin timbre is uniquely soulful and produces for me a sense of longing and possible regret for times past which seems to perfectly match with so much of Elgar’s musical psyche.

# Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
# Performer: Yehudi Menuhin
# Orchestra: New Philarmonia Orchestra
# Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1966)

# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac (tracks)
# Label: EMI/Angel
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 991 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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