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Elgar: Symphonies no 1 & 2, In the South, Serenade for Strings / Barbirolli, et al

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture, Op. 50
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Heading up the release are Elgar's two symphonies in the recordings Sir John Barbirolli made in 1962 and 1964. The First with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Second with his own Halle. Many Elgarians consider the account of the First Symphony unsurpassed, and if the Second is controversially expansive, the orchestra had certainly never played better. With the several shorter Elgar works Barbirolli taped for EMI so well served in the catalog, the opportunity has been taken here to restore two fine recordings that have been difficult to find: the legendary In the South made by Constantin Silvestri at the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, in 1967; and a warmly lyrical Serenade for Strings set down by Norman Del Mar the same year, again with the Bournemouth Orchestra.

BBC Music Magazine
Barbirolli's way with Elgar's symphonies is different from Boult's - more supple and, in the Second, strikingly melancholic and bleak.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture, Op. 50
  • Performer: Cedric Morgan (Viola)
  • Conductor: Constantin Silvestri
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (09/05/1967-09/07/1967)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 1 in A flat major, Op. 55
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (08/28/1962-08/29/1962)
  • Running Time: 53 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1907-1908

>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Norman del Mar
  • Running Time: 13 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall (04/20/1964-04/21/1964)
  • Running Time: 55 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909-1911