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ELGAR, E.: Symphony No. 2 / WAGNER, R.: Tannhauser (excerpts) (BBC Chorus and Symphony, Boult) (1968-1977)

ELGAR, E.: Symphony No. 2 / WAGNER, R.: Tannhauser (excerpts) (BBC Chorus and Symphony, Boult) (1968-1977)

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release date: November 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Adrian Boult

Conductor

Bratislava City Chorus

Choir

Uppsala Chamber Orchestra

Orchestra

BBC Chorus

Choral

Venue:

Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Venue

Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, UK

Venue

Record Label
ICA Classics

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 73:45
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ELGAR, E.: Symphony No. 2 / WAGNER, R.: Tannhauser (excerpts) (BBC Chorus and Symphony, Boult) (1968-1977)

     
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EDWARD ELGAR

 

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 08:12
4 IV. Moderato e maestoso 13:27
 Uppsala Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
     
 

RICHARD WAGNER

5 

Tannhauser

23:34
 Bratislava City Chorus Choir
     
 Adrian Boult Conductor


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.

"...The tempi are alert and vital, often more telling than in the recordings. The orchestra, his orchestra from 1930 to 1950, plays their hearts out for him. With all this in mind, listening now is quite an experience. The Tannhäuser music is essentially a live performance given in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studio 1 on December 8, 1968. It is an intense, reverent reading befitting the noble subject matter and the antithesis of the pomposity favoured by some. You may not be aware of this until you don’t hear it. The Venusberg ladies are warmly enticing. Arguably, these may be the best versions around of both works. Excellent sound throughout."

Bruce Surtees - thewholenote.com - 29 January 2014


"... heaps to admire..."

Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - December 2013




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