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Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin


Release Date: 03/11/2016 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 002458302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin in a new recording of Elgar’s Symphony No. 1.

"If anyone can make a case for Elgar outside Britain, and without special pleading, it’s Daniel Barenboim, returning to conduct this British composer’s works. With his dark-tone orchestra, this is an argument for Elgar as inheritor to Brahms.” - New York Times


Daniel Barenboim leads the Staatskapelle Berlin in a new recording of Elgar’s Symphony No. 1.

"If anyone can make a case for Elgar outside Britain, and without special pleading, it’s Daniel Barenboim, returning to conduct this British composer’s works. With his dark-tone orchestra, this is an argument for Elgar as inheritor to Brahms.” - New York Times
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Works on This Recording

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Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907-1908; England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Fussy - no grandeur! June 10, 2016 By Donald D. (Pittsburgh, PA) See All My Reviews "Wise of Barenboim to wait till Colin Davis and other Brits who made a speciality of this work, were out of the way - to record this. While many passages display care and detail, the conductor misses the 'whole'. Like some mad, old lady crocheting 20 hours a day - he makes a enormous, disjointed, eccentric thing of the work. The 1st movement in particular, suffers from a racing read-thru, like a novice church-singer attempting Lady Macbeth's aria 'Una macchia' (Verdi) giving every note the exact same emphasis and timing. This recording is the antithesis of 'idiomatic 'as it negates the rich tradition of choral singing, stately procession and inner reflection inherent to Elgar's music. Avoid!" Report Abuse
 Awesome performance! April 11, 2016 By James H. (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "Barenboim again proves that he is an excellent interpreter of Elgar's music. The recording is rich in accuracy, feeling and sound quality. I was very moved by this beautiful performance." Report Abuse
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