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
The Sunday Times’ Best Classical Recordings of 2002
The Guardian’s Best Classical CDs of 2002
The Sunday Telegraph’s Best Classical CDs of 2002
Performance: **** Recording: *** ‘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 satisfying. 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.'
‘Excellent presentation. Well worth the minimal outlay.’
‘This is one of the most passionate and detailed accounts on disc…this is world-class playing from the LSO.’
‘The sound quality on this exceptional new super-budget LSO release has impressive presence.’
‘Gloriously played by the LSO.’
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