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Elgar: Symphony No. 1, In The South & In Moonlight

Mark Elder

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Though one might have at first doubted it possible, the happy truth is that this is a greater performance of Elgar's First then we had dared hope, a truly great First to stand above those by Solti, Haitink, and Previn and alongside any by Boult or Barbirolli in the postwar canon. How do Mark Elder and the singularly named Hallé -- formerly Manchester's Hallé Orchestra -- accomplish this miracle? By passionately believing in the inherent greatness of the music. This is a First full of power, lyricism, and nobility, a First of striding themes and heroic developments, of racing energy and magnificent rhetoric, of shattering climaxes and blazing codas. At all points, Elder is in command of the performance, sculpting balances, controlling tempos, and shaping huge structures of sound, but always aiming for emotional expressivity. And Hallé plays with a brilliance and a virtuoso brio that has to he heard to be believed. Their soloists are first class, their blend clear, their colors warm and lush, and their ensemble strong and supple. But, as has already been noted, the best thing about the performance is the absolute conviction that suffuses it. Here the listener is compelled to assert that Elgar is surely one of the great European symphonists of the fin de siècle, a symphonist fit to stand beside Mahler, Sibelius, Nielsen, and Rachmaninov. The concert overture In the South receives as persuasively romantic a performance and the concluding song -- In Moonlight with mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and Elder at the piano -- is a lovely and aptly chosen treat: In the South takes one of its themes from the song. The Hallé's studio digital sound is rich and lustrous.
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Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat, Op. 55: I. Andante. Nobilmente e semplice
Timothy Pooley
00:20:12

Edward Elgar, Composer - Christine Rice, Soloist - Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Hallé, Orchestra - Timothy Pooley, Soloist

(C) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society

2
Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat, Op. 55: II. Allegro molto
Timothy Pooley
00:07:14

Edward Elgar, Composer - Christine Rice, Soloist - Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Hallé, Orchestra - Timothy Pooley, Soloist

(C) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society

3
Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat, Op. 55: III. Adagio
Timothy Pooley
00:12:33

Edward Elgar, Composer - Christine Rice, Soloist - Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Hallé, Orchestra - Timothy Pooley, Soloist

(C) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society

4
Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat, Op. 55: IV. Lento — Allegro
Timothy Pooley
00:12:23

Edward Elgar, Composer - Christine Rice, Soloist - Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Hallé, Orchestra - Timothy Pooley, Soloist

(C) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society

5
In The South (Alassio), Op. 50
Mark Elder
00:21:01

Edward Elgar, Composer - Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Hallé, Orchestra - Timothy Pooley, Soloist

(C) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society

6
In Moonlight (Canto Popolare)
Halle
00:02:59

Edward Elgar, Composer - Christine Rice, Soloist - Mark Elder, Conductor, MainArtist - Hallé, Orchestra

(C) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2003 Hallé Concerts Society

Album Description

Though one might have at first doubted it possible, the happy truth is that this is a greater performance of Elgar's First then we had dared hope, a truly great First to stand above those by Solti, Haitink, and Previn and alongside any by Boult or Barbirolli in the postwar canon. How do Mark Elder and the singularly named Hallé -- formerly Manchester's Hallé Orchestra -- accomplish this miracle? By passionately believing in the inherent greatness of the music. This is a First full of power, lyricism, and nobility, a First of striding themes and heroic developments, of racing energy and magnificent rhetoric, of shattering climaxes and blazing codas. At all points, Elder is in command of the performance, sculpting balances, controlling tempos, and shaping huge structures of sound, but always aiming for emotional expressivity. And Hallé plays with a brilliance and a virtuoso brio that has to he heard to be believed. Their soloists are first class, their blend clear, their colors warm and lush, and their ensemble strong and supple. But, as has already been noted, the best thing about the performance is the absolute conviction that suffuses it. Here the listener is compelled to assert that Elgar is surely one of the great European symphonists of the fin de siècle, a symphonist fit to stand beside Mahler, Sibelius, Nielsen, and Rachmaninov. The concert overture In the South receives as persuasively romantic a performance and the concluding song -- In Moonlight with mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and Elder at the piano -- is a lovely and aptly chosen treat: In the South takes one of its themes from the song. The Hallé's studio digital sound is rich and lustrous.
© TiVo

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