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Elgar: Symphony No. 2 / Ashkenazy, Sydney Symphony

Elgar / Sydney Sym / Ashkenazy
Release Date: 05/10/2011 
Label:  Exton   Catalog #: 28   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Second Symphony starts well, with Ashkenazy impelling the opening pages forward nicely. In fact, the whole movement comes off well - the somewhat sinister-sounding episode, which we will encounter again in III, is well handled (from 7:19) and Ashkenazy also prepares for that section well. The interpretation of II is convincing: Ashkenazy conveys the elegiac flavour of the music without overplaying his hand. The Rondo is as urgent and dynamic as it should be. I have some doubts, however, about the finale. In the first few minutes I just sensed a slight want of lift in the rhythms; the music sounds a fraction heavy. However, the lead-up to the trumpet-capped climax is well managed and thereafter I found Ashkenazy’s way with the music Read more satisfying, not least in the wistful coda, which he shapes sympathetically. - John Quinn, MusicWeb International (From a review of multiple Elgar Exton releases) Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; England 
Venue:  The Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera Hou 
Length: 55 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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