This album is included in the following sets:
This set contains the following albums:
Elgar's definitive acoustic recordings of his own masterpieces
"Andrew Rose has worked miracles with the label's XR reprocessing technique" - Classical CD Review
Attempting to extract more musical information than is usually heard when listening to older recordings is one of the chief rationales behind XR remastering, where the restoration of an acoustic balance closer to reality than is often heard in vintage recordings can bring out all sorts of qualities previously lost to the listener. Attempting to achieve this with recordings made in the acoustic era, such as those here, is especially difficult. There are most certainly "hidden" sounds, and frequencies that can only be discerned when played at the highest volume - but they share their pitches with, and are often buried in, a huge swathe of surface noise. Extracting the former from the latter is an incredibly difficult task which inevitably results in necessary compromises.
What I can offer is perhaps greater depth, a more realistic sound, and a higher frequency extension than has been heard in these recordings before. At times you may also find more background noise, though I've struggled to keep this as unobtrusive as possible.
Yet despite this, these recordings still have the power to astonish today as they must have done 90 years ago - and here's a chance to get closer to them than ever before.
Recorded at Hayes Room 1, 24 February & 16 November 1920, 11 April 1921
Issued as HMV D.578, 582, 596, 602
Recorded at Hayes Rooms 1 & 2, 5 and 20 March 1924, 16 April 1925
Issued as HMV D.1012-17
The Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
Sir Edward Elgar conductor
XR remastering by Andrew Rose at Pristine Audio, October 2011
Cover artwork based on a photograph of Elgar
Total duration: 71:46
Classical CD Review review
Classical CD Review