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18 Feb 2011

Hamilton Harty conducts... Elgar. Cello Concerto (W.H.Squire) & Enigma Variations - Columbia 1930/1932

Sir Edward Elgar:
Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra, in E minor, op.85     (W.H.Squire, cello)  
Adagio - Moderato ~ Allegro molto ~ Adagio ~ Allegro molto - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo         
Recorded: 30 November 1930 - Free Trade Hall, Manchester.  (Columbia DX 117-20 - matrices: WAX 4410-7)
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Variations on an original theme, op.36     
Recorded: March 1932 - Central Hall, Westminster.  (Columbia DX 322-25 - matrices: WAX 5852-8)
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The Hallé Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Hamilton Harty 
Cambridge Records  IMP 1   Issued 1981.   Transfers by Bryan Crimp: (a) Shellacs - BBC Library - (b) Vinyls from metalwork (penultimate side is a Columbia dubbing).  Hundreds of troublesome 78-surface 'blips' (+ numerous bad edits) have been removed.   Re-edited August 2012
(This W.H.Squire transfer is superior (more detail/lack of muffling/muddying) to the August 2013 'Pristine' dubbing  by Obert-Thorn)