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Elgar: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 - In the South - Serenade for Strings


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  • Orchestra: Halle Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (31 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002HHH3W2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. In The South (Alassio) - Concert Overture Op. 50 (1993 Digital Remaster): Vivace - Poco Meno Mosso -Cedric Morgan/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Constantin Silvestri 6:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. In The South (Alassio) - Concert Overture Op. 50 (1993 Digital Remaster): Grandioso [Fig. 20] -Cedric Morgan/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Constantin Silvestri 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. In The South (Alassio) - Concert Overture Op. 50 (1993 Digital Remaster): Meno Mosso, Molto Tranquillo (Canto Popolare) [Fig. 34] -Cedric Morgan/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Constantin Silvestri 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. In The South (Alassio) - Concert Overture Op. 50 (1993 Digital Remaster): Tempo I [Fig. 40] - Poco Meno Mosso - Tempo ICedric Morgan/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Constantin Silvestri 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 1 In A Flat Op. 55 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Andante: Nobilmente E Semplice - AllegroPhilharmonia Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli21:39Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 1 In A Flat Op. 55 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Allegro Molto -Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 7:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 1 In A Flat Op. 55 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. AdagioPhilharmonia Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli12:15Album Only
Listen  8. Symphony No. 1 In A Flat Op. 55 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Lento - AllegroPhilharmonia Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli12:56Album Only


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Listen  1. Serenade In E Minor Op. 20: I. Allegro PiacevoleBournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Norman Del Mar 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Serenade In E Minor Op. 20: II. LarghettoBournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Norman Del Mar 6:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Serenade In E Minor Op. 20: III. Allegretto - Come PrimaBournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Norman Del Mar 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 2 In E Flat Op. 63 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro Vivace E NobilmenteHallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli19:23Album Only
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2 In E Flat Op. 63 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. LarghettoHallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli13:50Album Only
Listen  6. Symphony No. 2 In E Flat Op. 63 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Rondo (Presto)Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 8:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 2 In E Flat Op. 63 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Moderato E MaestosoHallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli14:26Album Only

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Gibbons TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Sep 2009
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This is a very welcome reissue indeed. The Barbirolli stereo recordings of the two Elgar symphonies are well known and have rarely been out of the catalogue. It is good to have them together in this very reasonably priced set. You may, as I do, prefer Adrian Boult's more restrained approach but, without a doubt, Barbirolli's highly romantic interpretations are very fine indeed. The Philhamonia and Halle orchestras play superbly and the recording quality is is fully up to EMI's normal standard of excellence.

However the real attraction of this issue lies in the fill-ups. These are both played by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and have been out of the catalogue far too long. The 'Serenade for Strings' is directed by Norman del Mar who was a fine, and underappreciated, Elgarian. This performance is very good indeed. It is beautifully phrased, well played and directed, and a delight from beginning to end.

However, the performance of 'In The South' - directed by that fine Romanian conductor Constantin Silvestri - is quite superb and easily the finest ever recorded. How strange that one of the greatest Elgar interpretations on record should have been made by an English provincial orchestra directed by an almost unknown foreign musician. The Bournmouth orchestra play superbly. Silvestri's interpretation is perfect and the recording quality quite superb. Buy this issue, even you already have the Barbirolli versions of the Symphonies, but do also look out for other Silvestri recordings - they are well worth it.

An essential purchase for all Elgarians and all lovers of fine music making.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Perukangas on 5 Oct 2011
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English classical music is for a non-Briton an acquired taste. I have learnt to love Vaughan Williams and have so far recognised and acknowledged the virtues of some of Elgar's work: the cello concerto, string serenade and Enigma variations. As symphonic music, preferably in the Germanic sense of word is for me THE music, I have tried to allow Elgar's two symphonies quite a few chances. I already had given up any hope that they would be anything than extremely null, much ado about nothing in symphonic terms. Not even the classic account of Boult and sir Edward himself had done enough to suggest anything other than this music being extremely lethargic. But, glorious John gave them life! Now they are not only music but exitingly pulsating, romantically highly charged. Well done and thank you, sir John! Also the fill-ups are more than acceptably done.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Defoe on 15 Sep 2013
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Does not include all serenade, missing introduction and allegro. Only bought it after listening on classic FM. good recording otherwise. good balance between quiet and full sound.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on 26 Aug 2011
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There were no problems at all. Product was sent quickly and in good condition. Relevant information was sent via email, and contact was easy. Thank you!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
About a man mated to his destiny 4 April 2010
By Larry VanDeSande - Published on Amazon.com
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Cast into the conducting spotlight as an emergency replacement in 1927, London-born cockney Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970) directed the Symphony No. 2 of his countryman, Edward Elgar, beginning a long and prosperous relationship both interpreting the music of his native composer and working for British recording giant EMI. The music of Elgar became the signature of Barbirolli, whose box of orchestral recordings is still available but lacks some of the wonderful add-ons here Elgar: Orchestral Works [Box Set].

Barbirolli's way with Elgar is well represented here in the first two symphonies. As was his wont with Elgar and all others, Barbirolli took a broader pace than most. He typically sought to wring out the emotion, opulence, sentiment and drama in any score. He does so here in lengthier readings of the Elgar symphonies than any of his competitors. A comparison of his recordings against others graphically displays these tendencies to wit:

Symphony 1 Barbirolli Solti Boult (Lyrita)
Movement 1 21:38 17:45 18:28
Movement 2 7:02 7:08 7:13
Movement 3 12:15 12:12 10:27
Movement 4 12:18 11:38 12:24

Symphony 2 Barbirolli Solti Boult (Lyrita)
Movement 1 19:24 15:30 16:31
Movement 2 13:50 15:31 13:17
Movement 3 8:19 7:50 8:26
Movement 4 14:20 12:34 12:58

While timing doesn't tell the whole story, it tells you a lot about Sir John and the way his mind and heart wrapped around music. He saw each score as a larger, more majestic conception than most people including the composers. In a way, he used the elongated technique to give us more of the good thing than others provided. While the slower pace and longer line tends to work better in Elgar's more programmatic and autiobiographical Symphony 2, which was dedicated to the memory of the late King Edward VII, it also works wonderfully in the opening nobilmente theme of the more mercurial Symphony No. 1. Listen to Amazon's sound bytes to get a handle on the way Barbirolli presented this honorable music as well as the frenzy he creates in the second movement. This is the kind of contrast Sir John creates that resonates long after the music ends for most listeners.

What makes this package special is the pair of add-ons, the first being Constantin Silvestri's famous recording of In The South. Composed after a Mediterranean vacation to Italy, Elgar began this music with a rollicking theme similar to Strauss's Don Juan before moving closer to Resphigi's Pines of Rome. Afterward, a typically Elgarian theme appears before a Neapolitan love song closes the 20-plus minute concert travelouge. Silvestri's conception has been famous since its first appearance on LP and this is its only recording currently being circulated. It ranks with any version of this music ever recorded.

Norman Del Mar's Serenade for Strings, recorded like the Silvestri with the Bournemouth Symphony, is an ironic bit of loveliness before the storm that follows with the Symphony No. 2. These are two of my favorite Elgarian shorts and their inclusion in this package, all recorded in warm and fabulous ADD sound, amkes this one of the best packages of Elgar's music before the public today. Barbirolli's way may not seem natural for anyone coming anew to Elgar but, rest assured, his style grows on you with repeated listening and you will soon be converted. While the BBC recorded Sir John's final concert that included the first symphony Elgar: Introduction & Allegro for Strings; Symphony No. 1, that is no reason to cast aside this marvelous low-priced issue.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wow! One of the best recording sets I have ever heard 30 May 2012
By jt52 - Published on Amazon.com
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Prior to getting this CD, I had a lukewarm reaction to Edward Elgar's music, with the exception of loving his great late Violin Sonata. (Midori has a terrific performance of that piece out on Sony, if you are looking for another outstanding release.) Getting this set, with John Barbirolli's recording of Elgar's two symphonies as well as two strong Bournemouth Symphony performances with other conductors, has led me to listen to Elgar's compositions in much more depth, and I have become a convinced fan. Elgar is an extremely sophisticated, inspired composer. His music is often brooding, sometimes bombastic, with thick textures, well-developed orchestration, and complex harmonic progressions typical of the late Romantic style. The composer who comes to mind as a stylistic analogue (I am not implying that there is necessarily a direct influence) is Johannes Brahms, although the scherzo of the 2nd symphony could almost come from Mahler.

The two Barbirolli recordings here date from the early 1960s and were done with two different orchestras, the Philharmonia for no. 1 and the conductor's own Halle Orchestra for no. 2. The recordings are famous -- and justly so. Barbirolli leads with energy, and has a sense for both the emotion and the overall structure of long compositions that one only sees in the truly outstanding conductors. I have been comparing the Barbirolli interpretations with Adrian Boult's, which for a long-time were the standard-setter for Elgar, and can say that I think the Barbirolli versions are just simply more affecting and richer than Boult's fine efforts. The key difference is in the realm of color - Barbirolli is much more interested in the orchestral balance and coloration put into the scores by Elgar, a very talented orchestrator, while Boult subdues coloristic elements for structural coherence and continuity. I also find Barbirolli to more successfully evoke Elgar's strong emotionality than the restrained Boult. In short, this is one of the finest orchestral recordings I have ever had the pleasure to hear and is a "must own" for serious classical music fans.

EMI has included two very good performances of shorter Elgar works as a plus. There is "In the South" from 1904, a Richard Strauss-like essay in orchestral energy performed by the Bournemouth Symphony with Constantin Silvestri as conductor. "In the South" is a 20-minute long orchestral showpiece in four connected movements. Though normally not one for brash, bombastic music, I've got to say I really enjoy this music. There's a passage in the first section based on four accented long notes that has stuck in my head since I first heard "In the South." Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra recorded "In the South" live for EMI and that recording is a tad more coherent than Silvestri's approach, but the version here is very good, and is also in better sound. Finally, there is the earliest piece in the set, the String Serenade from 1892, done by the Bournemouth Symphony with Norman del Mar conducting. This is an attractive work and is done well here.

The recorded sonics are very good, with what I think is a excellent remastering job done by EMI, although note that the volume has been boosted, which likely means a bit of dynamic compression at the top end.

I think I've been pretty clear. 5 stars for this set, which isn't enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The best conducts magnificent Elgar. 2 Dec 2012
By Martin L. Pinsky - Published on Amazon.com
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Barbirolli is among the greatest of Elgar interpreters. His performances here are among the best ever recorded. If the purist or polemicist wants rock solid dispassionate reasons, I suggest they assuage their purists predilections by giving this performance a listen . If they know music and have any aesthetic reserve to tap, then they will come to the fore and acknowledge the conductor as among the best of the best and these perfomances ARE the best recorded-- Boult a close second--both conductors are born and reared to conduct their country's music and this composer--great Elgar-in particular.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
desert isle disk 30 May 2011
By trastevere - Published on Amazon.com
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This disk absolves the British Isles of all manner of misconduct. All is forgiven.

A musical definition of passionate civilization.
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