Gervase Elwes;   London String Quartet     (Opal 9844)
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Gervase Elwes;   London String Quartet     (Opal 9844)
V0040. GERVASE ELWES: Songs by Quilter, Hamilton, White, Peel, Taylor, Hook, Farrar, Piggot, Dunhill, Brougham, Alken & Vaughan Williams (the latter's ON WENLOCK EDGE, w.London String Quartet & Frederick Kiddle (Pf.)). (England) Opal 9844, recorded 1916-19. Long out-of-print, Final copy! - 5015903984420


"A legendary artist, whose name is revered by many people to a degree that takes it far beyond the realm of mere music. This was the man who was to become the inspiration of composers as diverse as Percy Grainger and Roger Quilter, who introduced Vaughan Williams' ON WENLOCK EDGE [it was as singer of English art-song, and the friend of many leading English composers, that Elwes left his most permanent legacy. He was the dedicatée and first performer of (and the first person to record) Ralph Vaughan Williams cycle ON WENLOCK EDGE and many of the finest songs of Roger Quilter (including the cycle TO JULIA), both of whom wrote with his voice in mind. In 1912 he gave the first performance of Thomas Dunhill's song-cycle THE WIND AMONG THE REEDS for the Philharmonic Society. He had the wholehearted admiration of every generation from Charles Villiers Stanford to Frank Bridge, and their successors still acknowledge the authority of his influence. He was also a wonderful inspiration to leading British singers of his time, as their many private and published memorials testify], and who between 1904 and 1920 was to sing Sir Edward Elgar's DREAM OF GERONTIUS on 118 occasions."

- Roger Wimbush, GRAMOPHONE, Jan., 1968

"I know several people who would sell their whole collections rather than part with the dozen or so records of Gervase Elwes."