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National Youth Orchestra of Wales

Elgar 2nd Symphony and Hoddinott Investiture Dances

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2007

Originally recorded in 2013


National Youth Orchestra of Wales


Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor


Andrew Mellor

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Divine Art


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 64:57
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Symphony no., 2 in E flat major, op. 63

1 I Allegro vivace e nobilmente 19:00
2 II Larghetto 14:15
3 III Rondo 8:20
4 IV Moderato e maestoso 15:00



Investiture Dances, op. 66

5 I Allegro 2:32
6 II Andante 3:36
7 III Presto 2:14

To celebrate the 60th birthday of the oldest national youth orchestra in Europe, a sparkling and brilliant performance of Elgar’s Second Symphony, and the only recording available of the three Investiture Dances by Wales’ premier composer.

"...[the NYOW} is a very good [orchestra] that can hold its own with some professional orchestras of several decades past...what the performance [of the Elgar] has going for it as an unusually dark and mysterious view of the symphony. The performance [of the Hoddinott] is fittingly lively and very good"


American Record Guide

“...this new recording on Elgar’s magnificent 2nd symphony is a fascinating one…[the orchestra] give an excellent account of themselves.. the finale… is a tour de force. With copious notes and fine presentation, this... should prove to be a winner.”

Gerald Fenech

Classical Net

“The [orchestra] plays [the Hoddinott] with skill, unanimity and identification. [The Elgar] is a very creditable account for a youth orchestra. A brave choice, valiantly undertaken”

Colin Anderson

International Record Review

"This version of Elgar 2 has a lot going for it...Hoddinott’s dances are superbly carried off by the young players. The notes by Peter Reynolds are outstandingly good having some fascinating touches woven in."

Rob Barnett

Music Web

“ a fine showing in Elgar’s 2nd symphony… a very creditable release indeed”

Peter Spaull

Liverpool Daily Post

“...the youngsters acquit themselves splendidly”    ***

Jeremy Nicholas

Classic FM Magazine

“truly outstanding CD…[the Symphony] is delivered with a bold fluency and deeply felt eloquence. [Hoddinott’s Dances] deserve more regular airings… an excellent disc”

Denby Richards

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