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Elgar: Symphony No. 1 / Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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

New York Times
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.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

The Guardian, 23rd March 2016

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
Barenboim sets subtly different tempos for passages that often run directly on from each other, but he also pushes round corners at which other conductors linger... the Staatskapelle Berlin sustain it convincingly. The detail is always audible, even through the flowing full orchestra... Barenboim has certainly made this symphony his own.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2016
Barenboim's long association with, and love for, Elgar has effectively made it part of his musical DNA...And because he is a master he has somehow communicated all of that, both in practical and spiritual terms, to an orchestra for whom it is relatively unfamiliar. That is the really startling achievement here and it manifests itself in playing that is as exciting as it is nuanced.

The Guardian, 23rd March 2016
In its voicings and especially in its gradations of string tone, the performance seems to fix Elgar's orchestral writing even more firmly into the context of post-Wagnerian romanticism than before... while the slow movements sometimes acquire a Brucknerian spaciousness.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/19/2015/09/21/2015).



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>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: Staatskapelle Berlin
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/19/2015/09/21/2015)
  • Running Time: 50 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1907-1908