Tasmin Little’s Elgar

Recordings  of Elgar’s violin concerto are issued much more frequently now. Now here’s another, with soloist Tasmin Little, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and with another fine Elgar performer, conductor Andrew Davis.

This CD was just issued on 11/16/2010, and it celebrates 100 years since the first performance, and includes, on a separate track, the special cadenza – with wonderful harp flourishes – used in the first recording in 1916.

This is a fascinating document for Elgar-lovers, and Tasmin Little’s performance, humorous, poetic and powerful, with sympathetic accompaniment from Davis and the RSNO, demands attention in its own right.

The tracks are: 1. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61: I. Allegro 2. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61: II. Andante 3. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61: III. Allegro molto – 4. Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61: III. Alternative cadenza by the composer 5. The Crown of India, Op. 66: Interlude 6. Polonia, Op. 76

Here is Tasmin Little in the Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 – 3. Gavotte en Rondeau


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