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Elgar: Symphony 1, 2, In the South, Pomp & Circumstance

Edward Elgar , Giuseppe Sinopoli , Philharmonia Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000024ZB1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55 - 1. Andante. Nobilmente e semplice - AllegroPhilharmonia Orchestra20:40£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55 - 2. Allegro moltoPhilharmonia Orchestra 7:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55 - 3. AdagioPhilharmonia Orchestra14:09£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55 - 4. Lento - AllegroPhilharmonia Orchestra13:16£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Elgar: In the South (Alassio) - Concert Overture, Op.50Philharmonia Orchestra23:12£2.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Elgar: Symphony No.2 In E Flat, Op.63 - 1. Allegro vivace e nobilmentePhilharmonia Orchestra20:42£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Elgar: Symphony No.2 In E Flat, Op.63 - 2. LarghettoPhilharmonia Orchestra18:20£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Elgar: Symphony No.2 In E Flat, Op.63 - 3. Rondo. PrestoPhilharmonia Orchestra 8:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Elgar: Symphony No.2 In E Flat, Op.63 - 4. Moderato e maestosoPhilharmonia Orchestra17:12£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Elgar: "Pomp and Circumstance," Op.39: March, No.1 in DPhilharmonia Orchestra 6:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Elgar: "Pomp and Circumstance," Op.39: March, No.4 in GPhilharmonia Orchestra 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class Elgar 2 28 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
I concur in all respects with the comments of "a music fan", as far as Symphony 2 is concerned (I don't have Sym 1 - I bought the 2nd when it first appeared on its own). As much as I love the sounds Elgar makes, his symphonies never convinced me as symphonic wholes until I heard this recording. Without the score in front of me I have no idea whether Sinopoli is adhering to marked tempi and the composer's instructions, but for the first time in my experience (aside from a superb live performance I heard from Andrew Davis with the Toronto Symphony back in the 70s) Symphony 2 comes across as more than a losely-connected series of events. This is certainly a warm, romantic reading but it doesn't wallow. English conductors tend to project Elgar's bluff, almost soldierly qualities as if all his music is an extension of the Pomp and Circumstance marches (I'm familiar with recordings of both symphonies from those by Elgar himself, through Barbirolli, Boult, Andrew Davis to Vernon Handley). Sinopoli gives us a very different, more introspective view. The notes with my version are illuminating. The Larghetto of Symphony 2 was composed long before the death of Edward VII. In fact the work owes far more to Elgar's trip to Venice than any Edwardian nostalgia, the swirling opening of the third movement inspired by pigeons in Piazza San Marco.
Sound is excellent, and the Philharmonia play like angels.
If you've ever harboured the sneaking suspicion that reviews in the English music press are manifestations of entrenched bias and preference, try this recording on for size. You might also look for the Zukerman/Barenboim Elgar V.C., far preferable in my opinion than any of the Kennedy versions.
Incidentally, "a music fan", there was a version of Elgar 2 by Svetlanov, I believe with a Russian orchestra, back in the days of vinyl. It received somewhat tepid reviews from the usual magazines, surprise, surprise.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most neglected Elgar recording. An Enigma. 22 Nov 2004
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Elgar's two symphonies are good example of interpretations of music being stuck thanks to the strange British conservatism. If you listen to 10 recordings of these symphonies by 10 British conductors, they all sound more or less same in terms of interpretation: controlled, noble, beautiful Elgarian rubato and so on.
But in my opinion Elgar's Symphony 1 and 2 require as much emotional capacity and dynamic range as Mahler symphonies. There is nothing aristocratic about these works, they are about violent struggle between evil and good, and man's deepest longing for the world beyond this world.
Most of the British conductors choose to ignore the fact that Elgar's music is highly influenced by Wagner's, not only by his musical language and orchestration but by his sense of creating intense and enormous drama.
I recommend non British conductors for those who want something more than nobility and control. Is's an enigma that Sinopolli's version is not mentioned even by Penguin Guide. He presents both symphonies in much larger scale in terms of tempo, dynamic ranges and emotional charge without losing coherance of the whole. And the very spacious slow movements, so beautiful and serene! He is also one of the few conductors who slow down tempo to introduce the beautiful phrase before the finale of first symphony, the most beautiful music Elgar ever wrote.
To those who can not stand Sinopoli's flexible tempi, I'll recommend very sucessful Slatkin's recording or highly individual Barenboim version. It's a great shame that no great Russian conductors hadn't record Elgar symphonies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magisterial account 30 Aug 2014
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As well as the symphonies, this generous 2-disc package includes In the South, and Pomp and Circumstance Nos. 1 & 4, all played beautifully by the Philharmonia and recorded in typically clear and transparent DG sound.

These accounts of the symphonies are spacious and detailed, and deserve to be much better known. I can only think they have been a victim of the idea that only British conductors are approved for Elgar. Happily, this quaint idea now seems to be changing at last, so perhaps these performances will take the place they deserve, right up there with the more famous accounts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aristocratic refinement! 9 Aug 2010
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on
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The last Saturday July 31, I could listen this admirable CD, filled of remarkable surprises.

The reminded master made a true display of organization, discipline and musical logic in which the handle of the great sonorous masses fit remarkably. As a matter of fact one of the most hazardous aspects at the moment to conduct Elgar is precisely falling down into this orchestral labyrinth.

Sinopoli made it admirably in both Symphonies, although in my personal case, I cannot avoid the special attraction I have for the First Symphony.

Pomp and circumstance are recorded according the demanded standard, although I'd chose the unequalled version of Bernstein at the from of the BBC.

A distinguished and refined recording that definitively may not absent in your invaluable collection.

G.S. Rest in peace!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another take 7 Nov 2011
By Prunehead Guru - Published on
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These recordings were my first exposure to the Elgar symphonies. Since then I have collected Boult (several versions), Barbirolli, Davis, Hickox, Haitink and a few others. The Elgar-conducted set deserves comment for its "benchmark" quality (in rather good sound for the 1920s-1930s); they are in a category all their own. Apart from the Hickox, Sinopoli's are the best-sounding recorded versions; my personal favorites are the 1968 Boult Lyrita set, the Hickox, and this one. All three offer something different. DG jumped on the Elgar bandwagon with these, and Sinopoli does a fantastic job. Not only that, he distinguishes himself in a tough field. Tempos are broad, there is liberal rubato, but it all holds together, a broad, sonorous, gorgeous sound. And because the broad tempos never "fall apart," we are treated to quite a bit more Elgar (in terms of CD playtime)! RIP Sinopoli. If you like his Mahler, try his Elgar!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinaria música de Elgar!!!! 17 April 2010
By Manuel Carranza C - Published on
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Magnífica versión de las dos sinfonías del compositos inglés Edward Elgar. Musica realmente extraordinaria. La Orquesta Philharmonia realmente deslumbrante que nos hace disfrutar estas obras con una instrumentación sorprendente. Bravo Sinopoli!!!(que en paz descanse). Maravilloso!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars "In The South" An Underrated Masterpiece 12 April 2013
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I became familiar with Elgar's symphonies early on, and love them; but it was much later that I heard "In The South." Over the years, I continue to find Sinopoli's version convincing and moving. I can't understand why this work is not played more often. Sound is fine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice edition of Elgar 24 Dec 2010
By korak - Published on
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Elgar is a famous 20th century English composer who is usually featured on British labels like EMI, but here we can hear him on the legendary German label Deutsche Grammophon.
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