Elgar: Symphony No 2

  • Catalogue Number LSO0018
    UPC 822231101826

    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.'
    The Guardian

    'This performance is further evidence of Sir Colin Davis's intense rapport with Elgar's music ... a very moving performance, magnificently played.'
    Sunday Telegraph

    'Remarkable, above all for its depth of feeling.'
    Sunday Times

    '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


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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.

Composer   Elgar
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 2 in E-flat Major: I. Allegro vivace e nobilimente
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

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