Clara Butt, Kathleen Ferrier, Tudor Davies, Dennis Noble, Harold Williams, Peter Dawson, Kathleen Ferrier - Elgar  (Dutton CDAX 8019)
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Clara Butt, Kathleen Ferrier, Tudor Davies, Dennis Noble, Harold Williams, Peter Dawson, Kathleen Ferrier - Elgar  (Dutton CDAX 8019)
V0427. CLARA BUTT, TUDOR DAVIES, DENNIS NOBLE, HAROLD WILLIAMS, PETER DAWSON, KATHLEEN FERRIER, etc.: Elgar – Vocal & Dramatic Music. (England) Dutton CDAX 8019, recorded 1912-48. [A veritable treasure!] Transfers by Michael J. Dutton. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 765387801922

CRITIC REVIEW:

“This first volume in a projected four-disk series of archival Elgar recordings proves fascinating on several counts. For starters, much of the music is unfamiliar. Though completeness is generally sacrificed, the excerpts from THE SAGA OF KING OLAF, THE APOSTLES, CARACTACUS and THE STARLIGHT EXPRESS are rare. For many listeners, though, the real draw will be the artists featured in this collection of mostly vocal works. There is a veritable ‘who's who’ of singers from the British Commonwealth, including Clara Butt, Dennis Noble, Harold Williams, Peter Dawson and Kathleen Ferrier. Although it is hard to pick favorites from such a choice assemblage, some items are especially noteworthy. The Welsh tenor Tudor Davies' clarion performance of ‘And King Olaf Heard the Cry’ is thrilling. And two excerpts from the cantata CARACTACUS find Dawson, a great Australian bass-baritone, in typically swaggering form. An unpublished test pressing of Ferrier singing an excerpt from THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS (with Gerald Moore at the piano) reminds listeners that this singer's early death deprived the world of a great Elgar interpreter. And who knew that Haydn Wood, the composer of ‘Roses of Picardy’, found time to arrange and record four Elgar songs? Indeed, everything on this disk is bound to delight Elgar fans. The only question is when Volume 2 becomes available.”

- David Mermelstein, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 22 Feb., 1998