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ELGAR
Symphony No.2
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult
ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON, 24 JULY 1977
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WAGNER
Tannhäuser: Overture & Venusberg Music
BBC Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult
STUDIO 1, BBC MAIDA VALE, LONDON, 8 DECEMBER 1968

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In 1930, Sir Adrian Boult established the BBC Symphony Orchestra, becoming its chief conductor, and setting an unparalleled standard of excellence in Britain. Boult was closely associated with Elgar’s music throughout his career and recorded the Second Symphony five times. This live Proms performance recorded in stereo from 1977 ‘shows Boult in his late eighties working with the passion and energy of a much younger man’ (Martin Cotton). Following a performance of this Symphony, Elgar wrote to Boult ‘I feel that my reputation in the future is safe in your hands’.

The Overture and Venusberg Music from Wagner’s Tannhäuser are a new addition to the Boult discography and come from a live studio performance in stereo from the Maida Vale Studios in 1968.

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EDWARD ELGAR 1857–1934

 

Symphony No.2 in E flat major op.63

1 I Allegro vivace e nobilmente - 16.25

2 II Larghetto - 12.07

3 III Rondo: Presto - 8.12

4 IV Moderato e maestoso - 13.27

 

RICHARD WAGNER 1813–1883

 

Tannhäuser

5 Overture & Venusberg Music* - 23.34

 

Total timing - 74.23

 

*BBC Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

SIR ADRIAN BOULT

Recorded: Royal Albert Hall, London, 24 July 1977 (Elgar);

Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, 8 December 1968 (Wagner)

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Elgar: Symphony No.2

Grade 
International-classical A
01/Oct/2013

“Together with the live Elgar 1 from 1976 also on ICA Classics, this deserves a place at the very pinnacle of Elgar recordings.”

Amazon

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    International-classical A
    01/Oct/2013

    “There is an ardent quality in the slow movement, a little faster than usual, that is most attractive…The Venusberg Music…completes a cherishable CD most fittingly.”

    Amazon

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