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Elgar; Hoddinott / Hughes, Wales National Youth Orchestra


Release Date: 11/21/2006 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 25045   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarAlun Hoddinott
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra of Wales
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This new recording of Elgar's magnificent 2nd symphony is a fascinating one and it is a true statement of the qualities that inform the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Although they cannot really match the best of orchestras in such demanding repertoire, especially with the plethora of recordings of this symphony around, they give an excellent account of themselves. In the Allegro vivace e nobilmente, the pace is just right with a sizzling conclusion to the coda of the movement. I greatly enjoyed the emotional Larghetto although will still retain my affection for Boult and Barbirolli who remain sine qua non in this particular piece. The Finale has some occasional slipups but is otherwise a tour de force although the recording is Read more somewhat on the dry side. It is also good to have Alun Hoddinott's Investiture Dances on CD and with this fine reading, I'm sure the work will win many fans. As I already indicated, the recordings are on the dry side but with copious notes and fine presentation, this new version of Elgar's 2nd should prove to be a winner." -- Gerald Fenech, www.classical.net Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra of Wales
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; England 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor 
Length: 56 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2. Investiture Dances, Op. 66 by Alun Hoddinott
Conductor:  Owain Arwel Hughes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63: I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63: II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63: III. Rondo
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63: IV. Moderato e maestoso
Investiture Dances, Op. 66: I. Allegro
Investiture Dances, Op. 66: II. Andante
Investiture Dances, Op. 66: III. Presto

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