Elgar:Symphonies 1 & 2, etc
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Elgar:Symphonies 1 & 2, etc

Jeffrey Tate/London Symphony Orchestra
6 Oct 2003

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  Song Title
Symphony No. 1 in A flat Op. 55: I. Andante: nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in A flat Op. 55: II. Allegro molto -
Symphony No. 1 in A flat Op. 55: III. Adagio
Symphony No. 1 in A flat Op. 55: IV. Lento - Allegro
Cockaigne (In London Town) Op. 40 (concert overture)
Disc 2
Symphony No. 2 in E flat Op. 63: I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Symphony No. 2 in E flat Op. 63: II. Larghetto
Symphony No. 2 in E flat Op. 63: III. Rondo (Presto)
Symphony No. 2 in E flat Op. 63: IV. Moderato e maestoso
Sospiri Op. 70

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 2:19:15
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  • ASIN: B001J67F6G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,324 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elgar Symphonies/Jeffrey Tate/LSO 8 Nov 2003
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It is not, in fact, Elgar's Second and Third Symphonies, but his First and Second and other purchasers will have discovered that already. Nevertheless, this is great Elgar, worthy of anyone's collection. It's good to have Tate entering this particular area and I look forward to more of the same, perhaps even the Third Symphony. As for the LSO, well, they've been playing this music forever even under Elgar himself. Will make a wonderful Xmas gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a gem bargain twofer 1 Mar 2014
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An accidental discovery led me to these richly projected Tate readings of Elgar, warmly recorded by EMI. I didn't need another set of the two symphonies with excellent Boult, Solti, Handley and Haitink performances in my collection, but these are performances to treasure and should be snapped up when you have the chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem! 15 July 2004
By Patrick Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always felt these recordings never got thier full due in the US, mostly I suppose because of their limimted availability. I had them when they were in EMI's "British Composers" line, but then gave them up. I have been thrilled to come back to them. Yes, Barbirolli and Boult will always be important touchstones in this music, but there is still plenty of room for new ideas. And the playing of the LSO is magnificent. I'm not sure of Jeffrey Tate's current status. I hope he is still conducting regularly. This would be very near, if not at the top of my list for recordings of these works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful Elgar 9 Jan 2005
By Martin B. Haub - Published on Amazon.com
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These ARE fine performances: well recorded, superbly played, expertly conducted and deeply felt. The tempi are slower than the norm, especially slower than the composers own, but in performances of this complex, detailed music, it works wonders. If you don't already know and love this music, these recordings will convert you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impassioned readings, but dodgy sound 7 Sep 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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EMI hasn't put these admirable Elgar recordings into a budget twofer because of musical inferiority. the drawback is sheerly one of name recognition. Jeffrey Tate used to guest conduct at the Boston Sym. years ago but otherwise hasn't had much recent presence in the U.S. As far as Elgar conductors go, others have established bigger names: Boult and Barbirolli from the older generation, Colin Davis (quite recently) and Andre Previn from a generation later. But Tate deserves to be up there. His approach to the First Sym. and Cockaigne -- which is almost the length of a tone poem despite its designation as an overture -- is broad and elegiac rather than overtly exciting, but the passion in both performances runs deep.

I find the sound in these two works, recorded together in 1991, badly flawed: dull, congested, lacking in detail. It takes a whole to learn to listen through the muffle. Happily, Sym. 2 and Sospiri, recorded a year earlier in 1990, are clearer. This may help to account for the sunning effect of Tate's interpretation of the symphony, which is exhilarating and unrestrained in its emotionality. The LSO plays magnificently here, making the case for a work that can seem a bit distended and shapeless. Elgar's symphonies are relentless in their earnestness, and maybe a touch of Anglophilia is needed to appreciate their cut-velvet sumptuousness. It's taken a long time for me to love them, but now I do, and although the catalog is full of accomplished recordings, this one is an exceptional bargain with impeccable musical credentials.
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