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Sir Adrian Boult

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Brahms
Symphony No.3
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Elgar
Symphony No.1
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BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Sir Adrian Boult studied under Arthur Nikisch in Berlin, which certainly contributed to his outstanding interpretations of Brahms’s works. Similarly his friendship with Sir Edward Elgar ensured his interpretations of the composer were unquestionably authoritative. The Proms performance of Brahms’ Symphony No.3 from 1977 is in superb stereo, representing Boult in his 'golden years'. Martin Cotton, in his booklet essay, notes that the 1976 Proms stereo recording of Elgar's Symphony No.1- 'is completely astonishing', Boult giving arguably his greatest performance of the work. These recordings have never been issued before and the CD represents stunning value at more than 81 minutes long.

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JOHANNES BRAHMS 1833–1897

Symphony No.3 in F major op.90

1 I Allegro con brio                                                                                           12.54

2 II Andante                                                                                                       7.50

3 III Poco allegretto                                                                                         5.56

4 IV Allegro                                                                                                         9.19

 

EDWARD ELGAR 1857–1934

Symphony No.1 in A flat major op.55

5 I Andante: nobilmente e semplice – Allegro                                     17.29

6 II Allegro molto                                                                                              7.07

7 III Adagio                                                                                                          9.04

8 IV Lento – Allegro                                                                                         11.25

 

BBC Symphony Orchestra

SIR ADRIAN BOULT

Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F major op.90 - Allegro

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Martin Kendrick
08/Aug/2013

“This is magnificent, with penetrating attention to detail while seeming to sweep all before it: a glorious demonstration of how involved Boult could be in a live concert.”

International Record Review

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    Martin Kendrick
    08/Aug/2013

    “Boult at his inimitable best. Absolutely not to be missed”

    Gramophone

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      Martin Kendrick
      08/Aug/2013

      “From the first note to the last, this is a corking performance, Boult and the BBCSO in accord and completely identifying with this most moving and magnificent of symphonies.”

      ClassicalSource.com

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        Martin Kendrick
        08/Aug/2013

        “Boult recorded two cycles of Brahms symphonies in the studio but this superlative recording catches him live, producing an unforgettable sense of tension, drama and emotion.”

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          • ICA Classics wins 4th Pizzicato ‘Supersonic’ award
            20/Apr/2012
            A fourth ICA Classics CD has received a ‘Supersonic’ award from Pizzicato magazine, a highly respected classical music magazine in Luxembourg. The winning release is the CD featuring Sir Adrian Boult and the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing Brahms' Symphony No.3 and Elgar's Symphony No.1.