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Elgar: Symphony No. 1 & Cockaigne Overture
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Elgar: Symphony No. 1 & Cockaigne Overture
Genre: Classical
 
It was during the winter of 190001 that Elgar began to sketch what he hoped would turn into a symphony his first. But the sketches were quickly absorbed into several shorter pieces, one of which was the Cockaigne overture...  more »

      
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All Artists: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Elgar: Symphony No. 1 & Cockaigne Overture
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Label: Bis
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Album Type: Hybrid SACD - DSD
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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It was during the winter of 190001 that Elgar began to sketch what he hoped would turn into a symphony his first. But the sketches were quickly absorbed into several shorter pieces, one of which was the Cockaigne overture. Although composed in the rural area of the Malvern Hills, the work is nevertheless an unashamedly populist portrait of old London town, complete with references to whistling errand boys and a marching band the composer himself described the music as cheerful and Londony. As for the First Symphony, seven years would pass before its première in Manchester and subsequent London performance a triumphant occasion, as described by Elgars publisher: After the first movement E.E. was called out; again, several times, after the third people stood up and even on their seats to get a view. For Elgar, the success must have come as an immense relief - the symphony is hugely ambitious in scale and scope, but also seems to have had a personal significance to the composer, who summarized it as follows: There is no programme beyond a wide experience of human life, with a great charity (love) & a massive hope in the future. Conducting this all-Elgar programme is Sakari Oramo, the Finnish conductor who has been all but adopted by English music-lovers and orchestras for ten years he was music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and since 2013 he holds the post as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Playing here, however, as on the acclaimed 2013 release of Elgars Second Symphony, is his Swedish orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. But lovers of Elgars music can rest assured: in the words of the reviewer on the British web site classicalsource.com there is no need to be concerned that a Finnish conductor and a Swedish orchestra do not get Elgars music. They do with power, passion, compassion and authority

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