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Elgar: Symphony No 1; Berlioz: Overtures / Davis, Dresden


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 5040   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarHector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Colin Davis recorded the two Berlioz overtures for RCA, and those performances are quite similar to these live versions, except that the studio edition has better sound and this newer rendition of Béatrice et Bénédict is a touch more spirited. But for most listeners, it's the Elgar that matters, and here the differences between this inspired reading and Davis' dreary LSO recording are quite marked. Not only is he notably quicker overall, but the performance has a directness and energy entirely lacking in Davis' fussy, mannered remake. The playing of the Dresden orchestra, strings especially, also roundly outclasses that of the LSO, thereby putting to rest all of that nationalistic nonsense about a special, indigenous "Elgar sound". Music is Read more music, and great orchestral playing is universal. The sound is a bit reverberant, which clouds the climaxes now and then, but never to the point that it masks the excellence of the performance. If you want Davis at his best in this music, then here is the disc to get.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; England 
Length: 51 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Le roi Lear Overture, Op. 4 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; France 
Length: 15 Minutes 52 Secs. 
3.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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