Elgar - Symphony no.2, Mina, Carissima, Chanson de Matin | Onyx ONYX4165

Elgar - Symphony no.2, Mina, Carissima, Chanson de Matin

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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4165

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 24th February 2017

Contents

Artists

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko

Works

Elgar, Edward

Carissima
Chanson de Matin, op.15 no.2
Mina
Symphony no.2 in E flat major, op.63

Artists

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko

About

‘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 Second Symphony at its premiere in 1911. More emotionally complex and ambiguous than the First Symphony, the Second 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 First Symphony, released on Onyx to critical acclaim last year.

‘He gets Elgar... absolutely understands the beating heart of it... elegance, weight, gravitas... seriously beautiful playing... highest possible quality recording... Our generation’s great Elgarian’ - BBC Radio 3 Record Review on ONYX4145 (Elgar Symphony no.1 & Cockaigne Overture)

Reviews

Vasily Petrenko displayed a perceptive understanding for Elgar in his disc with the RLPO of Symphony No 1. Here again, flexibility of tempi, contrasts between lyricism and angst, are brought out with expansive yet controlled playing: the horns and, in the melancholy Larghetto, the woodwind especially. Strings are firm and refined throughout. The Rondo opening dances.  Fiona Maddocks
The Observer 12 March 2017

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