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Elgar: Symphonies Nos. 1-3
 
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Elgar: Symphonies Nos. 1-3

4 Oct. 2005 | Format: MP3

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
21:06
30
2
7:52
30
3
12:53
30
4
13:15
Disc 2
30
1
18:23
30
2
16:19
30
3
8:26
30
4
14:37
Disc 3
30
1
15:50
30
2
9:41
30
3
16:12
30
4
15:50
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov. 2004
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: (c) 2005 London Symphony Orchestra
  • Total Length: 2:50:24
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  • ASIN: B001PA1CF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,281 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GTS on 20 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The major interest in the Payne elaborations, the very few recordings of such a high profile completion, the element of hypothesis over the intended and the unwritten, and the window this offers on the composer and his time, all make it interesting that this recording has not inspired greater consumer response.

This review, of the Elgar 3 actually in the box set of all three symphonies, every one recommended, can only praise this handsomely recorded, produced, and presented LSO in-house issue. As "own label" numbers increase and gain approval, LSO is at the forefront given these standards (as with the Haitink Beethoven cycle, and the Davis Dream of Gerontius). Budget buying has always been an art, but gems do lurk amongst the commendable Naxos and even the variable to abysmal Regis and Brilliant reissues/rehashes. The LSO label brings a quality format, easily digested and navigable, with English-French-German translations and no meagreness in the authoritative, informed and informing booklet notes. (I found 2 spelling errors.) The recording quality (especially given the live element) deserves applause for engineer Tony Faulkner. Only in the Elgar 2 in the box set (not the Elgar 3 discussed here) is there the strangest warbling, seemingly of an audience member, which one would think could have been engineered or edited out from two sessions-worth of material.

In Elgar 3 there are no such sounds, indeed the recording is without any "white noise" or intrusive elements whatsoever, maintaining excellent quality throughout. What is in evidence is a great volume range, for which Davis and the LSO should be credited.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Ferre on 24 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this and returned it twice for a manufacturing flaw on the first disk (Sym No. 1). Saying that, I felt the recording of Sym. 1 was the standout, well-paced and colourful. The tempos were on the slow side, but that allowed the sound to blossom. The LSO was certainly at its best.

Sym No. 2 was a good performance, but sonically not as expansive as the first. The performance lacked the edge that made the other special. It's a solid, if unremarkable reading and the sound seemed just slightly flat.

The Payne/Elgar third is a good performance, both in sound and reading - I just don't like the piece. It doesn't sound like Elgar at times - worst of all, when it actually IS Elgar, as in a large proportion of the first movement, especially the opening. I have this feeling that Elgar would have done some serious revision before finishing it, and we don't have the benefit of that stage of the composition.

All that aside, if the set became available without the flaw, I would buy it again, if only for Sym. No. 1.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Vera Breeze on 10 Jun. 2013
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This was a Birthday present for one of my Grandsons.
He likes it very much, an opinion to be valued
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Elgar Symphonies are forging ahead 6 Sept. 2014
By JOJO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have to add my voice to the other two reviewers this is an excellant performance of Elgar symphonies .Perhaps the best ever heard of the first symphony. The second is bit pale and not so harmonically played. I prefer the performance of Sir Alexander Gibson
of Chandos (I presume now out of stock) and Daniel Barenboim's Sony essential classics edition is even better.The third symphony (Payne's adittion) is mediocre and second best to the NMC-Andrew Davis performance .
Eventhough I have to appreciate the tremendous effort made by LSO sound engineers in this production mainly in sound of all those live audiance performances which are almost free of external artifacts.
Excellent Elgar 17 Jun. 2014
By Stephen Ferre - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this CD a few years ago, and thought the recording of the first symphony was the best I had heard by a long way. Unfortunately, I had a problem that I could only play the first disc on only one CD player (a problem that persisted through 2 replacements), and it wouldn't work on my computer, where I often listen to music while I worked. This new set doesn't have that glitch, so I'm happy again.

The recordings are clear, crisp and dramatic, not like some overly-staid English performances. While the first is the gem of the three, all of them are first rate. I'm not a huge fan of Colin Davis, but this is one of his best efforts.
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Davis gives us deeply felt Elgar 19 May 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's good news and bad news to say that Colin Davis has become the perfect conductor for the music of Elgar. One expected much more from him long ago, but this once fiery Berlioz interpreter has morphed into a comfy keeper of the British flame, however low it flickers. Elgar's symphonies are bulwarks of empire in the memory of older Britons, and although they have never traveled well, either to America or Europe, one has to admire the composer's mastery of symphonic form, his gravely grand inspiration, and the undercurrent of civilized anxiety that provides mysterious shadings, particularly in the gnomic Sym. #2, which only the English can sit through with pleasure.

Davis feels this music and gets committed playing from the LSO under concert conditions. Also, for once his tempos don't drag. The First Sym. proceeds at the same pace as my favorite recording, Barbirolli's live reading with the Halle on BBC Legends. But the LSO plays far better and is captured in excellent sound. Anthony Payne's rendering of Elgar's unfinished Sym. #3 is beautifully done here, yet one has to wonder. How great is any composer if his sketches sound more vigorous and interesting than many of his finished works?
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