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5.0 out of 5 stars A towering live performance of the 1st symphony, 16 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Elgar: Symphony No.1/ In the South (DECCA The Originals) (Audio CD)
This is no doubt one of the greatest performances of this great symphony alongside Colin Davis and Sinopoli's powerful accounts. Solti's experience with Wagner's music adds another dimention to Elgar's music. First of all, grandeur and relentlessly driven forces in 1st and second movements are unmatched by few conductors. Finale is one of the most scintillating and fiery accounts I've ever come across. The sublime interlude just before the finale is most beautifully sustained and awe-inspiring. The rapt serenity and the aching nostalgia of the slow movement is most beautifully captured. The performance of 'In the South' is also outstanding.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2013 18:15:38 GMT
R. M. Evans says:
This not a review of the Slatkin recording but of the Solti.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2013 14:26:34 BDT
Numero Uno says:
You don't know hwat you are talking about, chum!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 23:52:32 BDT
Anagnostic says:
Increasingly Amazon is erroneously tagging reviews & commentaries to multiple products. For example I first read this review when looking at the Solti recording. If you are on the Slatkin page (as I am now) R.M. Evans is simply putting the record straight, unfortunately his comments look bizarre when they appear on reviews tagged to the Solti recording because of its correct and original context. I wish Amazon would get their act together.

Posted on 11 Mar 2014 10:35:40 GMT
I remember when this recording first came out on LP Edward Greenfield who reviewed it in 'Gramophone' almost had an orgasm and was full of praise for Solti and congratulated him as he had gone back and studied Elgar's own recording of this symphony in order to make his own as close as possible to that recording. Why? If Solti had nothing new to say about the symphony why bother to record it in the first place? If I hear this symphony I do not wish to hear a 2nd-hand version of the composer's own recording. Still I find I find Solti one of the most obnoxious and overrated conductors of all time. Yes I have got this recording and yes I have listened to it - ONCE - and I never wish to hear it again.
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