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Elgar: Symphonies, Orchestral Works / Davis, BBC Symphony

Elgar / Davis / Bbc Sym Orch
Release Date: 10/10/2005 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 4621992  
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Graham SheenJean Rigby
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

OK, so we don’t actually need another box of Elgar, but after his very disappointing series of Holst recordings for Chandos, it’s nice to renew one’s acquaintance with these excellently recorded performances and hear Andrew Davis on top of his game. He is one of the few conductors to do equally well by both of the symphonies, for instance. He’s got the pacing right, and more importantly, revels in that rich, beefy, Elgar sound. After enduring Barenboim’s peculiar recent Elgar Second, it’s especially gratifying to hear a conductor nail that decadent, “malign influence” episode in the first movement’s development section.

Don’t get the idea, though, that Davis is only compelling in the slow bits. While his Holst seriously lacks
Read more impact, here he’s fully up to the big moments. In the South has the necessary epic sweep, for example, and Davis projects the raucous outbursts in Cockaigne about as well as anyone. For the record, he includes the optional organ part at the end as he does also, unapologetically, in this excellent version of the Enigma Variations. Falstaff, which can sound dry and rather dull, here has plenty of character and atmosphere, and a welcome sense of direction.

Maybe the three Pomp and Circumstance Marches don’t swagger quite as much as they could (although they sound terrific), and I suppose the strings in the Introduction and Allegro could have more heft, but with all of the shorter works sensitively done and a considerable bonus in this excellent version of the neglected cantata The Music Makers, these four discs basically contain all of the orchestral Elgar that you need, minus the concertos. It’s good to see Warner making the performances available once again, particularly as they didn’t last long in the catalog the first time around. They are really good and deserve a second chance.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; England 
2.
Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; England 
3.
In the South, Op. 50 "Alassio" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; England 
4.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
5.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 3 in C minor by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; England 
6.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 4 in G major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
7.
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; England 
8.
Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
9.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
10.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
11.
Falstaff, Op. 68 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Graham Sheen (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1913; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
12.
Grania and Diarmid, Op. 42: Funeral March by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
13.
Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra, Op. 62 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Graham Sheen (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
14.
Froissart Overture, Op. 19 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1995 
15.
The Music Makers, Op. 69 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jean Rigby (Alto)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912; England 
Language: English 
16.
Elegy for Strings, Op. 58 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
17.
Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
18.
Sursum corda, Op. 11 "Elevation" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; England 
19.
Dream Children, Op. 43 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; England 
20.
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
21.
Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 no 1 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 
22.
Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 

Sound Samples

Elgar : Symphony No.1 in A flat major Op.55 : I Andante, nobilmente e semplice
Elgar : Symphony No.1 in A flat major Op.55 : II Allegro molto
Symphony No.1 in A flat major Op.55 : III Adagio: Elgar : Symphony No.1 in A flat major Op.55 : III Adagio
Elgar : Symphony No.1 in A flat major Op.55 : IV Lento - Allegro
5 Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39: No .1 in D Major (Land of Hope and Glory): Elgar: 5 Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39: No .1 in D Major (Land of Hope and Glory)
Elgar : 5 Pomp and Circumstance Marches Op.39 : No.3 in C minor
5 Pomp and Circumstance Marches Op.39 : No.4 in G major: Elgar : 5 Pomp and Circumstance Marches Op.39 : No.4 in G major
Elgar : In the South [Alassio] Op.50: Elgar : In the South [Alassio] Op.50 [Excerpt]
Symphony No.2 in E flat major Op.63 : I Allegro vivace e nobilmente: Elgar : Symphony No.2 in E flat major Op.63 : I Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Elgar : Symphony No.2 in E flat major Op.63 : II Larghetto
Symphony No.2 in E flat major Op.63 : III Rondo - Presto: Elgar : Symphony No.2 in E flat major Op.63 : III Rondo - Presto
Elgar : Symphony No.2 in E flat major Op.63 : IV Moderato e maestoso
Cockaigne Overture Op.40, 'In London Town': Elgar : Cockaigne Overture Op.40, 'In London Town'
Introduction and Allegro Op.47: Elgar : Introduction and Allegro Op.47
Elgar : Serenade in E minor Op.20 : I Allegro piacevole
Serenade in E minor Op.20 : II Larghetto: Elgar : Serenade in E minor Op.20 : II Larghetto
Elgar : Serenade in E minor Op.20 : III Allegretto
Enigma Variations Op.36 : I Theme: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : I Theme
Enigma Variations Op.36 : II CAE: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : II CAE
Enigma Variations Op.36 : III HDS-P: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : III HDS-P
Enigma Variations Op.36 : IV RBT: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : IV RBT
Enigma Variations Op.36 : V WNB: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : V WNB
Enigma Variations Op.36 : VI RPA: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : VI RPA
Enigma Variations Op.36 : VII Ysobel: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : VII Ysobel
Enigma Variations Op.36 : VIII Troyte: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : VIII Troyte
Enigma Variations Op.36 : IX WN: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : IX WN
Enigma Variations, Op. 36: X. Nimrod: Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36: X. Nimrod
Enigma Variations Op.36 : XI Dorabella: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : XI Dorabella
Enigma Variations Op.36 : XII GRS: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : XII GRS
Enigma Variations Op.36 : XIII BGN: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : XIII BGN
Enigma Variations Op.36 : XIV *** [Romanza]: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : XIV *** [Romanza]
Enigma Variations Op.36 : XV EDU [Finale]: Elgar : Enigma Variations Op.36 : XV EDU [Finale]
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : I Falstaff and Prince Henry
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : II The Scene is Eastcheap
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : III Falstaff
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : IV Falstaff's boastfulness
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : V Gadshill
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : VI Prince Henry arrives
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : VII The Skirmish
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : VIII Mistress Quickly's Theme
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : IX Falstaff's drunken speech...
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : X ...is met with laughter
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XI Mistress Quickly's trill-and-snap
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XII Falstaff's tries his speech again...
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XIII ...but falls asleep, snorning
Falstaff Op.68 : XIV Interlude 1 - Falstaff's Dream: Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XIV Interlude 1 - Falstaff's Dream
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XV Falstaff is summoned
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XVI Shallow's Orchard
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XVII ATrumpet call leads to...
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XVIII ...The Battle
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XIX Interlude 2 - Falstaff's dream of England
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XX Prince Henry becomes King
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXI Falstaff's ride to London
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXII The King's procession
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXIII Prince Henry as he was
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXIV The King arrives
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXV The King rejects Falstaff
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXVI Falstaff's entreaties
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXVII The procession moves on
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXVIII The Boar's Head
Elgar : Falstaff Op.68 : XXIX Falstaff's death
Elgar : Romance Op.62
Elgar : Grania and Diarmid Op.42 : Incidental Music & Funeral March
Elgar : Froissart Overture Op.19
Elgar : The Music Makers Op.69
Dream Children Op.43 : I Andante: Elgar : Dream Children Op.43 : I Andante
Dream Children Op.43 : II Allegretto piacevole: Elgar : Dream Children Op.43 : II Allegretto piacevole
Elegy Op.58: Elgar : Elegy Op.58
Elgar : Sursum corda Op.11
Sospiri Op.70: Elgar : Sospiri Op.70
Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No. 2: Elgar: Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No. 2
Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 1: Elgar: Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 1
Salut d'amour Op.12: Elgar : Salut d'amour Op.12

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