Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Vasily Petrenko – Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:42 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © PM Classics – Onyx
“What’s the matter with them Billy? They sit there like a lot of stuffed pigs!” Elgar commented to his friend W.H Reid, the leader of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra after the chilly reception given to the 2nd Symphony at its premiere in 1911. More emotionally complex and ambiguous than the first symphony, the 2nd seems to hint at the apocalyptic events that would be unleashed just three years on. “Be like a woman dropping a flower on a man’s grave” wrote the composer of the ‘Spirit of Delight’ theme in the coda of the second movement.
This eagerly awaited Elgar 2 from Petrenko and the RLPO will further delight those fans who bought their recording of the 1st Symphony, released on Onyx to critical acclaim last year.
“Petrenko’s tempos in the long opening movement are admirably flexible, but it’s in the last two that interpretation and playing seem to me finest; the finale achieves a noble grandeur and melancholy.” (Sunday Times)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
01. Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat, Op. 63: I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
02. Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat, Op. 63: II. Larghetto
03. Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat, Op. 63: III. Rondo. Presto
04. Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat, Op. 63: IV. Moderato e maestoso
07. Chanson de Matin, Op. 15/2
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor