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Elgar: Symphony No. 2 & Serenade

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

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Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63  
1
I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
17:44
2
II. Larghetto
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
14:02
3
III. Rondo
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
8:00
4
IV. Moderato e maestoso
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
14:51
Serenade in E Minor, Op. 20  
5
I. Allegro piacevole
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
3:05
6
II. Larghetto
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
5:45
7
III. Allegretto
Edward Elgar; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
2:33
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:00
Following a highly praised recording of Symphony No. 1 last year, Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony present here an electrifying interpretation of Elgar’s Symphony No. 2, with the addition of one of his most performed works: the Serenade for Strings. Having now become experts in British repertoire with highly lauded series of Walton and Britten, they reveal all the aspects of Elgar’s masterpiece in this surround sound recording. Symphony No. 2 is richly orchestrated and skillfully constructed, drawing on hugely varied resources of harmony, rhythm and melody, and making considerable use of thematic transformation as a unifying technique. While the Symphony No. 2 is one of the greatest products of Elgar’s maturity, the Serenade in E minor for Strings is perhaps the most charming product of his youth. In this three-movement piece dominated by a deeply passionate Larghetto, the strings of the BBC Symphony superbly encapsulate all the emotions offered by this graceful work: tender lyrical and intense.
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