February 18, 2013

EMI EMINENCE — The collection: 30th anniversary of the iconic label

In the days when new recordings were full price and collectors on a budget had to confine themselves to reissues, EMI’s Eminence label was a bold and appealing venture.

Eminence launched careers: most notably Nigel Kennedy’s, with his Gramophone Record of the Year-winning disc of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, but it also nurtured many other great musicians near the start of what would prove to be illustrious careers (such as Tasmin Little and Franz Welser-Möst) and captured others in their prime, such as Vernon Handley and Sir Charles Mackerras. 


The 50 CD-collection includes:


John Mark Ainsley · Philip Fowke · Monica Huggett · Peter Hurford · Della Jones

Simon Keenlyside · Nigel Kennedy · Stephen Kovacevich · Piers Lane · Keith Lewis

Tasmin Little · Felicity Lott · Malcolm Martineau · Jane Parker-Smith · Joan Rodgers

Anthony Rolfe Johnson · Bryn Terfel · Barry Tuckwell · Elizabeth Wallfisch

Raphael Wallfisch · Willard White · Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Chilingirian Quartet · Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge · English Chamber Orchestra

Hanover Band · London Philharmonic Orchestra · Vasari Singers · Vellinger String Quartet

Serge Baudo · Mark Elder · Andrew Litton · Vernon Handley · Sir Charles Mackerras

Karl Anton Rickenbacher  · Franz Welser-Möst