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Elgar: Symphony No. 2 & Serenade for Strings / Gardner, BBC Symphony


Release Date: 06/01/2018 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5197  
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following a highly praised recording of Symphony No. 1 last year, Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony present here an electrifying interpretation of Elgar’s Symphony No. 2, with the addition of one of his most performed works: the Serenade for Strings. Having now become experts in British repertoire with highly lauded series of Walton and Britten, they reveal all the aspects of Elgar’s masterpiece in this surround sound recording. Symphony No. 2 is richly orchestrated and skillfully constructed, drawing on hugely varied resources of harmony, rhythm and melody, and making considerable use of thematic transformation as a unifying technique. While the Symphony No. 2 is one of the greatest products of Elgar’s maturity, the Serenade in E minor Read more for Strings is perhaps the most charming product of his youth. In this three-movement piece dominated by a deeply passionate Larghetto, the strings of the BBC Symphony superbly encapsulate all the emotions offered by this graceful work: tender lyrical and intense. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; England 
2.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 

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