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Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Britten, et al / Silvestri

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
>Arnold, Malcolm : Beckus the Dandipratt Overture, Op. 5
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Roumanian Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra in A major, Op. 11/1
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Constantin Silvestri, conductor and composer, was born in Bucharest and became conductor of the Bacharest Philharmonic. He also conducted the Leningrad Philharmonic and Hungarian State Orchestra during this time. He made his acclaimed debut with the London Philharmonic in January 1957, leaving in 1958 for Paris, never to return. He undertook major tours and recordings conducting the Philharmonia, the Vienna Philharmonic, French National Radio Orchestra, the Paris Conservatoire and the London Philharmonic. In 1961, when his health was beginning to deteriorate, he became chief conductor of the Bounremouth Symphony Orchestra which he single handedly built into an international orchestra of the highest standard. His death in 1969 cut short a new recording contract so these broadcasts hopefully preserve the qualities of this great orchestral builder and conductor. This "live" 2CD set adds important new recordings to the discography of Silvestri and the Bournemouth Symphony whose recordings contract was never completed due to the conductor's early death. The Elgar Symphony No.1 and "Cockaigne" Overture were planned to be recorded by EMI following the spectacular artistic and commercial success of Elgar's "In the South" Overture (recorded by EMI in 1967). We now get the chance to hear Silvestri, one of the great Elgarians, in these works. The set, all recorded live and preserved from the Wessex Archive, with Arnold's Beckus the Dandipratt in stereo taken from the BBC, gives a portrait of the conductor in a variety of works he was associated with - Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Debbussy, Britten and his signature piece, Enesco's Rumanian Rhapsody No. which is given a performance which far surpasses any of his recordings.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
  • Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1900-1901

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
  • Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 55 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1907-1908

>Arnold, Malcolm : Beckus the Dandipratt Overture, Op. 5
  • Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 2 in C minor, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
  • Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1872

>Debussy, Claude : Jeux
  • Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Britten, Benjamin : Peter Grimes
  • Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Roumanian Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra in A major, Op. 11/1
  • Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/14/1901