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Elgar: Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55 & Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

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Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55  
1
I. Andante. Nobilmente e semplice
Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult
18:28
2
II. Allegro molto
Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult
7:14
3
III. Adagio
Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult
10:27
4
IV. Lento - Allegro
Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult
12:24
Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63  
1
I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult
16:31
2
II. Larghetto
Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult
13:17
3
III. Rondo
Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult
8:26
4
IV. Moderato e maestoso
Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult
12:58
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:39:45
"In 1968, when Sir Adrian Boult recorded the two Elgar Symphonies for Lyrita, he wrote an open letter to Gramophone, couched diplomatically but reflecting his fury that at the sessions his recording manager had forced him on technical grounds to have all the violins on the left instead of his usual habit of dividing them between the two sections. That said, and 40 years on, the comparisons with Boult's other recordings of the Elgar symphonies demonstrate very clearly how fine they are, arguably the finest versions he ever recorded.

Compared with the EMI versions recorded less than five years later, they are tauter, the ensemble noticeably crisper. The recording is brighter and clearer in this transfer. The difference is particularly marked in No 2 which, as Elgar said, was a work which Boult was the first conductor to make a success after the disappointing reception given at its premiere. The comparison is closer with the mono recording of No 2, which Boult recorded with the BBC SO in 1945, a superb performance but which is still marginally outshone by the Lyrita version."
- The Gramophone Classical Music Guide

"…40 years on the comparisons with Boult's other recordings of the Elgar symphonies demonstrate very clearly how fine they are, arguably the finest versions he ever recorded."
- Gramophone
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