Elgar: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Elder, Hallé Orchestra

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Among the first releases on the Hallé recording label, established in 2003, were Elgar’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2. This recording revisits those works nearly...

Among the first releases on the Hallé recording label, established in 2003, were Elgar’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2. This recording revisits those works nearly 20 years later and marks the culmination of Sir Mark Elder’s tenure as Music Director. The First Symphony was premiered in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, in 1908 by the Hallé and its Music Director, Hans Richter, to whom the symphony is dedicated. It is a work of astonishing musical and structural mastery which was greeted with worldwide acclaim, receiving one hundred performances in its first year. The musical material demonstrates Elgar’s skill at melody and transformation and presents a wide emotional range.

By contrast, the Second Symphony, with its deeply personal ‘pilgrimage of a soul,’ initially received a more muted reception. However, it came into its own after the end of the First World War when the tone of remembrance and tribute possibly reflected the national mood, in what is now considered to be one of Elgar’s finest works.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 03, 2024


  • UPC: 5065001341946


  • Catalog Number: CDHLD7564


  • Label: Halle


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Period: "20th Century"


  • Composer: Sir Edward Elgar


  • Conductor: Sir Mark Elder


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Halle


  • Performer: Halle



Works:


  1. Symphony No. 1 in A-flat, Op. 55

    Composer: Edward Elgar

    Ensemble: Hallé

    Conductor: Mark Elder


  2. Symphony No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 63

    Composer: Edward Elgar

    Ensemble: Hallé

    Conductor: Mark Elder