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Elgar: Symphony No.2

Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim

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Symphony No. 2 in E flat, Op. 63  
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1. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Sir Edward Elgar; Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim
18:28
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2. Larghetto
Sir Edward Elgar; Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim
14:01
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3. Rondo. Presto
Sir Edward Elgar; Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim
8:01
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4. Moderato e maestoso
Sir Edward Elgar; Staatskapelle Berlin; Daniel Barenboim
15:32
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    56:02
"... by far the very finest played on disc. Buy with confidence. And delight."
- Audiophilia

"... a veritable showpiece of technical virtuosity on the orchestra's part ... this is a showstopper recording ... Barenboim proves himself a true, career-long Elgarian ..."
- Limelight

"... superb, unequivocally great ... it's difficult to know where to start in listing its excellences ... a marvellously full-blooded reading, full of drama and passion and rich-hued colour ... this must be one of the finest performances currently on offer ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

Daniel Barenboim first recorded Edward Elgar's symphonies in the early 1970s. In 2013 he revisited Symphony No. 2 based on his 40 years of experience which resulted in this rousing performance with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Upon release, several critics called this album the finest recording of the symphony available. Symphony No. 2, a full-bodied Romantic journey for the orchestra, was described by the composer as "the passionate pilgrimage of the soul." It opens with what is known as the Spirit of Delight theme which reappears several times, from the poignant first movement through a slow-moving funeral march and a playful dance before concluding with an emotional finale of great warmth.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Daniel Barenboim and Unitel GmbH & Co. KG, Oberhaching Studio Masters

Executive Producer: Alexander Van Ingen
Recording Producer: Andrew Keener
Recording Engineer: Rene Möller
Assistant Engineer: Martin Nissen
Recording Facilities: Philharmonie, Berlin
Editing Facilities: Teldex Studio Berlin
Tape Editor: Sebastian Nattkemper

Recording Location: Philharmonie, Berlin, 28 October 2013

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