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22 Jan 2016

Sir Edward Elgar conducts... Elgar. Violin Concerto (Yehudi Menuhin) -&- In the South - HMV 1930/1932

Sir Edward Elgar:  "In the South" (Alassio) - Overture, op.50 
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London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Edward Elgar  
HMV  RLS 713  (6LP: 1976)  Matrix: 2XEA5118 -1  Transfer: Anthony Griffith.  Recorded: 15/18 September 1930 - Kingsway Hall

Sir Edward Elgar:  Concerto for Violin & Orchestra in B minor, op.61
I: Allegro ~ II: Andante ~ III: Allegro molto - Cadenza - Allegro molto
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Yehudi Menuhin, violin - London Symphony Orchestra  conducted by  Sir Edward Elgar  
HMV  ALP 1456  First Edition 1957 LP (1G/1G stampers)  - Matrices: 2XEA1037 -1N / 2XEA1038 -2N.  Recorded: 14/15 July 1932 - EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road.   Some treble EQ added to the Concerto.     ALP 1456 sleeve-note / EMG review / recording data / Original 78 album & analytical notes by Walter Legge >>>   



7 comments:

  1. Many many thanks for this gorgeous and detailed transfer (and the copious scans)!

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    1. Was concerned I'd 'brightened' the sound a little too much (retain the prior version): side 2 is anyway better-sounding (and Menuhin doesn't seem to do justice to the second movement).

      Scanning those pasted-in album notes is rather problematic...

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  2. thank you for making this historic recording available to me; i look forward to hearing it. -regards, a.v.

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    1. To the Whole Wide World too...

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    2. ah true, but i can speak only for myself & thank you sincerely only on behalf of myself. -cheers, a.v.

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  3. This exact LP was my first ever recording of Elgar's Violin Concerto. Bought in London by my father. I must have been 10, no more. So I thank you most wholeheartedly for making it available in brilliant sound. I have bought CD's of all sorts trying to reproduce what I had heard when I was so young and which accompanied me back to Buenos Aires. This finally has fulfilled my wish!! Scans are fantastic. Finally got the LP back, so to speak!! I don't have the original one I had. Moving to smaller and less spacious homes resulted in my having to do without a lot of material collected in my youth.

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    1. Saw you mention this on "you know who's" site: that Obert-Thorn transfer seemed rather good (surprisingly so: and certainly couldn't achieve that degree of 'quiet' from my new original HMV set -it almost sounded like the source was from vinyl's).

      Was quite dubious about adding some additional treble to the above (if you would like the previous 'version' I can make it available) - but a re-cut side 2 on my additional, circa 1964, pressing was definitely superior.

      Am considering uploading a 24/96 of Campoli's LP; again, my 1969 ACL re-cut is very superior to the original LXT from 1955..

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