Elgar - Symphony no.1; Wagner - Meistersinger Prelude | SWR Music SWR19520CD

Elgar - Symphony no.1; Wagner - Meistersinger Prelude

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Label: SWR Music

Cat No: SWR19520CD

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 10th May 2019

Contents

Artists

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

Conductor

Roger Norrington

Works

Elgar, Edward

Symphony no.1 in A flat major, op.55

Wagner, Richard

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
» Prelude to Act 1

Artists

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

Conductor

Roger Norrington

About

When Edward Elgar first ventured into symphonic music with his Op.55, he had just celebrated his fiftieth birthday. Fame had come to him only a few years earlier with the premiere of the Enigma Variations in June of 1899.

Unusual harmonic idioms, sudden changes of tempo, energetic rhythms and often abrupt dynamic gradations are hallmarks of Elgar’s First Symphony. The tremendous success the work enjoyed at its premiere in December 1908, with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter, proved to be no fluke, and it soon began a march of triumph through the world’s concert halls.

Elgar’s work marks the first real breakthrough for English symphonic music. Reviewers lauded it as the most noble work ever penned by an English composer.

Re-release of an SWRmusic bestseller (ex. 93000).

Attractively priced, quality performance.

The recording exemplifies Norrington’s specific “Stuttgart Sound”.

“A truly first-class Elgar.” – Pizzicato

“Norrington has superb recording quality.” – MusicWeb International

“A highly enjoyable disc.” – The Sunday Times

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