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Elgar: Symphony No 1, Cockaigne Overture / Petrenko

Release Date: 02/10/2015 
Label:  Onyx   Catalog #: 4145   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“The Royal Liverpudlians have this music in their blood, of course, but they respond to Petrenko’s youthful impetus… with playing of the highest order…. This outstanding disc opens with a rollicking account of Cockaigne, one of the wittiest I know.” – The Sunday Times (London)

These days my expectations of the Liverpool Phil under Petrenko are always extremely high. They certainly deliver in spades with a splendid performance of the Elgar First Symphony. Petrenko conducts an expansive reading of the blustery opening movement maintaining that crucial underlying sense of marching tension. With its scuttling and darting main theme the Scherzo-like second movement is afforded boldly impressive forward momentum that borders on the
Read more brash. Elgar’s expressive music has become associated with imagery especially of the Monarchy of Edwardian England. At one time I could visualise the pageantry of a ceremonial event in Whitehall. Now the music feels more like a rowdy Parliamentary debate. Petrenko’s transition to the heartbreaking theme of the Adagio is as seamless as I wanted. This is intensely passionate music: always tender, often dreamy and combined with the scent and sounds of nature. Towards the conclusion of the movement it feels as if Elgar is depicting the deep sorrow of lovers parting, perhaps on a long ocean voyage. In the final movement Petrenko provides resolute rhythms in a passage high in buccaneering spirit before the return of the principal march theme. This optimistic music boasts real grandeur and it is easy to imagine an important State occasion in say Horse Guards Parade. Especially impressive throughout is Petrenko’s masterly control of weight, phrasing and tempo. All combine to near spine-tingling effect.

– Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; England 
Date of Recording: 09/24/2009 
Venue:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 
Length: 14 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; England 
Venue:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 
Length: 48 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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