Elgar - Symphony no.2, Serenade for Strings | Chandos CHSA5197

Elgar - Symphony no.2, Serenade for Strings


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5197

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 8th June 2018



BBC Symphony Orchestra


Edward Gardner


Elgar, Edward

Serenade for Strings in E minor, op.20
Symphony no.2 in E flat major, op.63


BBC Symphony Orchestra


Edward Gardner


Following a highly-praised recording of Symphony no.1, Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony present here an electrifying interpretation of Elgarís Symphony no.2, with the addition of one of his most performed works: the Serenade for Strings.

Having now become experts in British repertoire with highly lauded series of Walton and Britten, they reveal all the aspects of Elgarís masterpiece in this surround sound recording. Symphony no.2 is richly orchestrated and skilfully constructed, drawing on hugely varied resources of harmony, rhythm and melody, and making considerable use of thematic transformation as a unifying technique.

While the Symphony no.2 is one of the greatest products of Elgarís maturity, the Serenade in E minor for Strings is perhaps the most charming product of his youth. In this three-movement piece dominated by a deeply passionate Larghetto, the strings of the BBC Symphony superbly encapsulate all the emotions offered by this graceful work: tender, lyrical and intense.

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