I thought this album was strictly for nerds. Then the tears sprang to my eyes

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:

My instant reaction to this 4-CD box was that it’s strictly for audio buffs and English music devotees, whose lives will be infinitely enriched by rummaging through the disused takes of Sir Edward Elgar’s recordings of his own works between 1919 and his death in 1934. My second response, on reading Lani Spahr’s nerdish essay on the masters in Elgar’s private library is that only the golden-ears, acoustic-era brigade would get much out of this. How wrong I was.

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  • Thanks for bringing this to the attention of a wider public although I’m a little surprised you only gave it 4 stars out of 5 for the Montreal paper.

  • Irrespective of the quality of the album, that headline is so clickbait-y it could have been written on Buzzfeed (if Buzzfeed did classical music)

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