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Elgar: Symphonies 1 & 2, In London Town, In The South / Solti


Release Date: 06/13/1995 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 443856   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Solti’s recording of Elgar 1 blew across the face of British music in the early Seventies like a blast of fresh air. Immersing himself in Elgar’s own brisk interpretations, Solti forced us to reassess the provincial tradition of Boult and Barbirolli. Hearing it again now, one is struck, if anything, by the lavish attention to detail and by a sense of loving devotion to the music; the slow movement is positively reverential. More recent readings (Slatkin, Davis, etc) show how things have developed, and Hurst’s Naxos account is a strong budget contender. But Solti’s version is deeply felt and gloriously played.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Barry Millington, BBC Music Magazine
Read more reviewing Symphony no 1, previously reissued as Decca 440322
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; England 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 48 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; England 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Length: 51 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; England 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
In the South, Op. 50 "Alassio" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; England 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 20 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Overture Cockaigne, Op.40
Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55: 1. Andante. Nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55: 2. Allegro molto
Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55: 3. Adagio
Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55: 4. Lento - Allegro
In the South (Alassio) - Concert Overture, Op.50
Symphony No.2 in E flat, Op.63: 1. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Symphony No.2 in E flat, Op.63: 2. Larghetto
Symphony No.2 in E flat, Op.63: 3. Rondo. Presto
Symphony No.2 in E flat, Op.63: 4. Moderato e maestoso

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rousing! October 8, 2012 By Karen T. (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "I wasn't all that familiar with these symphonies, but I'm now a fan. I know other listeners quibble as to whether a non-Brit can do justice to these works, but they might find themselves pleasantly surprised by Sir Georg's rousing performances. My nephew, who knows much more about classical music than I, thought these first-rate (he's normally a Boult fan), and they entertained us recently on a Chicago-Cleveland (and back) road trip, making us forget we were wasting far too many hours on the Indiana turnpike." Report Abuse
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