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Elgar: Concert Allegro (arr. Farrington); Symphony No. 2; Two Piano Improvisations

Audio Samples

>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 41
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
>Elgar, Edward : Two Piano Improvisations
>     Improvisation no 2 in G minor
>     Inprovisation no 5 in D minor

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 41
>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
>Elgar, Edward : Two Piano Improvisations
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Notes & Reviews:

The brilliant pianist and organist Iain Farrington features as soloist in this revelatory new recording of his piano and orchestra transcription of Elgar’s Concert Allegro for piano. Written in 1901 for Fanny Davies as a ‘Concerto (without orchestra)’, the work was long forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1969. The disc is completed by another Farrington transcription, this time of Elgar’s Second Symphony for piano solo. All are world premiere recordings.

International Record Review
Farrington's idealized versions is quite superb and his performance... really holds up the work as a significant addition to the repertoire...one can have little doubt that the piano arrangement [of Symphony No. 2] works most viably on its own terms, not just as a homage or academic exercise but as a satisfying symphonic experience.

The Observer
Farrington makes the most of several trademark Elgarian flourishes and sweeping themes, much enhanced by some majestic playing from the Bournemouth players. His formidable pianism comes to the fore in his impressive reduction of the emotional second symphony...exquisite insights into the mind of a giant of English music.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Songs (2) for voice & piano, Op. 41
  • Performers: Iain Farrington (Piano); Iain Farrington (Piano)
  • Conductor: George Vass
  • Running Time: 11 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Elgar, Edward : Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
  • Performers: Iain Farrington (Piano); Iain Farrington (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/03/2010-08/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 54 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1909-1911

>Elgar, Edward : Two Piano Improvisations :: Improvisation no 2 in G minor
  • Performers: Iain Farrington (Piano); Iain Farrington (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/03/2010-08/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Elgar, Edward : Two Piano Improvisations :: Inprovisation no 5 in D minor
  • Performers: Iain Farrington (Piano); Iain Farrington (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk (08/03/2010-08/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915