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ELGAR: Symphony No. 2 / Cello Concerto (Harrison, Elgar) (1927-28)


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ELGAR: Symphony No. 2 / Cello Concerto (Harrison, Elgar) (1927-28)

Elgar’s second recording of his Symphony No. 2, made only eighteen months after the previous, acoustic set had been released, coincided with the innovation of electrical technology and the opportunity to mark the composer’s seventieth birthday on 2nd June 1927. Both the Symphony and the equally famous recording of the Cello Concerto offer unique insights from being composer-conducted. The tumultuous energy of the opening of the symphony’s first movement, the refusal to indulge the second movement and Elgar’s natural command of the art of transition, so crucial in this of all his works, add significantly to the poignancy and emotional thrust of the work as a whole. Taken at a quicker pace than most modern recordings, the Cello Concerto is a far cry from the sentimental resignation frequently associated with it in recent times.

Elgar, Edward

  Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63
1.   I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente 00:14:37
2.   II. Larghetto 00:13:02
3.   III. Rondo: Presto 00:08:00
4.   IV. Moderato e maestoso 00:12:24
5.   Symphony No. 2 in E - Flat Major, Op. 63: III. Rondo (to cue 116) (Take 1) 00:04:18
  Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
6.   I. Adagio - Moderato 00:07:19
7.   II. Lento - Allegro molto 00:04:26
8.   III. Adagio 00:04:01
9.   IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro ma non troppo 00:09:25

Total Playing Time: 01:17:32

Elgar, Edward

Elgar, Edward

London Symphony Orchestra; New Symphony Orchestra

Harrison, Beatrice

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Concerto; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.111260

Barcode: 0747313326020

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Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

Physical Release: 04/2007

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