Elgar, Edward - Symphony No. 1 - BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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'...The BBC Welsh forces are world-class here, in a reading that pulses along with clarity and splendour, building to a gloriously satisfying pay-off. With this and the Elgar Editions issue (right), Elgar year is being well served indeed.'


In honour of Elgar’s 150th anniversary, Richard Hickox – famous for his master’s touch with the music of British composers – and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales have recorded the noble and expansive First Symphony, one of the composer’s greatest public triumphs, demonstrating the work’s grandeur, sweep and imaginative detail, and sure to prove a refreshing alternative to performances currently available on the market. This disc follows the riveting recording of Symphony No. 2 and In the South, and presages the release of Elgar’s Symphony No. 3 and Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6 (both realised by Anthony Payne). Hans Richter, the leading German conductor, directed the first performance and hailed the work as ‘the greatest symphony of modern times’. Stirring and graceful, it asserts Elgar’s deeply felt ‘massive hope for the future’. It is coupled here with an orchestral version of the Sonata for organ – an instrument Elgar had played from an early age. Some years after Elgar’s death, Sir Adrian Boult recommended Gordon Jacob for the task of transcribing the sonata for orchestra. Jacob was a composer in his own right, and renowned for his expertise in orchestration. This sympathetic translation of the sonata into a remarkable re-creation of Elgar’s own orchestral sound-world not only brings the work to a wider audience, but also underlines its affinities with the composer’s later and better-known music. On the original version Hickox commented in 1983: ‘it’s a work I used to play and always felt that it needed an orchestra and not an organ!’ The orchestral version was first heard in 1947.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox

Edward Elgar
Symphony No. 1 Op. 55 in A flat major
To Hans Richter, Mus. Doc., True Artist and True Friend
1 I Andante. Nobilmente e semplice - Allegro - Poco meno mosso -
2 II Allegro molto
3 III Adagio - Molto espressivo e sostenuto
4 IV Lento - Allegro - Grandioso (poco largamente)

Sonata for Organ, Op. 28 in G major
Transcribed for Full Orchestra by Gordon Jacob
5 I Allegro maestoso
6 II Allegretto - Quasi doppio movimento - Tempo I
7 III Andante espressivo - Animato poco a poco - Poco più tranquillo - Tranquillo
8 IV Presto (comodo)
Artikelnummer CHSA5049
Streckkod 0095115504925
Utgivningsdatum 2007-06-04
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet SACD
Antal enheter 1
Artister BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Dirigenter Hickox, Richard
Kompositörer Elgar, Edward
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