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Elgar-Symphony No 1 (LSO Davis) Live, Original recording reissued
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Sir Colin Davis and the LSO recorded Elgar's symphonies live at a series of acclaimed concerts at the Barbican during Autumn 2001. The LSO has a long and illustrious association with Elgar and his music. He conducted the LSO in 1904, the year it was founded, and was later to become its Principal Conductor. Over recent years Sir Colin Davis, the current Principal Conductor, has established an unrivalled reputation in Elgar's music.
In the sleeve note to this recording of Elgar's Symphony No.1, conductor Sir Colin Davis is quoted as saying that age is impressing upon him the desire to look for more space in his musical interpretations. "There is no virtue in driving things just for the sake of it, which is a temptation of youth," he says. Well, this is certainly the music-making of a mature Elgarian, broadly conceived though never too stately, carefully paced, lovingly phrased, before the symphony really comes off the leash in the finale. Overall, some will prefer the more intense energy of a Solti or indeed of Elgar himself, but this is a distinguished Elgar One. Just occasionally there is a sense of the reading being over-studied--maybe in part due to the sheer clarity of the sound engineered by the legendary Tony Faulkner--natural and full-bodied, but affording almost too much detail in the somewhat confined acoustic of London's Barbican Centre. But there are some great moments--the building of tension in the rapt slow movement, for example, and especially in the closing section of the finale from the point where the main theme magically reappears at half the original speed, then on to the triumphant conclusion. --Andrew GreenSee all Product Description
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Back in the sixties,I remember seeing the BBC's coverage of Winston Churchill's State Funeral,and part of Elgars First Symphony was used to enhance the drama and pathos of that momentous occasion. It was the most gifted choice of music,and listening to this cd for the first time,brought iut all back to me in total clarity,to the point where I wept!
Elgar is at the forefront of the great English composers,in that so much of what he wrote provides a window in our imagination through which we an actually see how the "English Race"used to be,or more correctly,how we would like to believe we used to be,and because of this,his place is unique in British Classical music,and forever assured.
If Britains historical past is of interest to you,and you want a moodsetter to focus your thinking,just play this--loud!--and you won't regret it!
The Symphony No. 1 was written when Elgar had fully matured. Elgar had played with the idea of writing a symphony ten years before he had actually completed one. (He originally planned to write a program symphony based on the life of General Gordon. The scraps of this attempt were later incorporated into his second symphony.) As Elgar himself wrote in a letter to Walford Davies, "There is no programme beyond a wide experience of human life with a great charity (love) and a massive hope in the future." This very aptly describes the symphony, which has a strongly heroic vein throughout. Even the Adagio has a real sense of heroic grandeur, not to mention the other movements.
Sir Colin Davis has a strong advantage over many other Elgar interpreters- he has under his direction the orchestra that Elgar himself was once the principal conductor of- the LSO. The LSO's rich, dark, quality is a wonderful compliment to Elgar's music. Davis leads the LSO to perform an absolutely outstanding rendition of this piece. While Davis' tempos may be somewhat slower than usual, this is more than made up for with powerful brass and timpani, as well as lush strings. With the slower tempo, Davis succeeds in pulling out wonderful detail.Read more ›
Slowsections are most beautifully sustained and sublime. Each climaxes are excuted masterfully with maximum impact. Finale is one of the most compelling and powerful with massive emphasis on cascading strings part. If you are tired of the traditional small scale Elgar, this recording is well worth listening along side Sinopoli's miraculous account on DG.
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If you like big tunes and big sounds, this is the
music for you. Please buy this record, especially if you are unfamiliar with this fine work. Read more
Direction mollassonne et confuse, prise de son sourde... Je ne comprends pas comment ce disque peut plaire. Read morePublished on 25 May 2008 by jlflori
I was at the Barbican concert hall at the performance of this symphony, played in Autumn '01, and it was indeed most enjoyable performed as it was: it received a rapturous round of... Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2007 by ABJ777