Elgar: Symphony No 2
Catalogue Number LSO0018
James Mallinson producer
Tony Faulkner sound engineer
Recorded October 2001, Barbican, London
176.4kHz (high density PCM) recording
Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch
Best Classical Recordings of 2002 Sunday Times
Best Classical CDs of 2002 The Guardian
Best Classical CDs of 2002 Sunday Telegraph
Disc of the Month. Artistic Quality (10/10) Sound Quality (10/10) ‘He [Colin Davis] in top shape here, and so is the LSO… You won’t hear it done better anywhere… this is an excellently engineered disc, and Davis deserves the gratitude of all Elgarians for turning in what is certainly not just another routine account of the Second Symphony’ ClassicsToday.com
**** Performance *** Sound ‘The opening bar launches the music almost as effectively as Elgar himself…It’s a performance with a purpose’ BBC Music Magazine
***** 'The first symphony sounds terrific and Davis's ripe, expansive reading is deeply saitisfying. The second symphony is if anything even better.'
Mail on Sunday
***** 'A radical version that sweeps away preconceived notions about the work. The headiness of Davis's approach is matched by the lushness of the LSO's playing and a sumptuous recording.'
'This performance is further evidence of Sir Colin Davis's intense rapport with Elgar's music ... a very moving performance, magnificently played.'
'Remarkable, above all for its depth of feeling.'
'Yet another splendid Elgar triumph from the Davis/LSO partnership.' The Scotsman
‘Excellent presentation. Well worth the minimal outlay’ Gramophone
‘This is one of the most passionate and detailed accounts on disc…this is world-class playing from the LSO’ Classic FM
‘The sound quality on this exceptional new super-budget LSO release has impressive presence’ The Independent
‘Gloriously played by the LSO’ Music Choice
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
Elgar's first symphony was an overnight sensation, establishing him as one of the leading composers of his time. His darker, more enigmatic, Second Symphony has always proved more elusive. Sir Colin Davis penetrates to the heart of the composer's emotions in a truly revelatory recording.
|Conductor||Sir Colin Davis|
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
2. Symphony No 2 in E-flat Major: II. Larghetto
3. Symphony No 2 in E-flat Major: III. Rondo: Presto
4. Symphony No 2 in E-flat Major: IV. Moderato e maestoso