Sir John Barbirolli – Elgar – Symphony No. 1, Op. 55 (1963/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:03 minutes | 1,96 GB | Genre: Classical
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Sir John Barbirolli heads the Philharmonia Orchestra in this performance of Elgar’s First Symphony. Sir Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 in Ab major, Op. 55 is one of his two completed symphonies. The first performance was given by the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter in Manchester, England, on 3 December 1908. It was widely known that Elgar had been planning a symphony for more than ten years, and the announcement that he had finally completed it aroused enormous interest. The critical reception was enthusiastic, and the public response unprecedented. The symphony achieved what The Musical Times described as “immediate and phenomenal success”, with a hundred performances in Britain, continental Europe and America within just over a year of its première.
Warner Classics releases this stunning recording as part of a brand new series, The Complete Warner Recordings.
Spanning over 40 years, these recordings trace the career of Sir John Barbirolli, a conductor of proverbial warmth and generosity, a transformative force in British music and a legendary figure who collaborated with the greatest artists of his time. Shortly before his death in 1970 he completed a Sibelius cycle with the Hallé Orchestra, whose fortunes he had steered for nearly three decades, and among other composers closely linked with his name are Elgar, Delius, Brahms, Mozart, Mahler and Puccini. The wide-ranging contents of this landmark set, which comprises all the recordings Barbirolli made for HMV and PYE. Everything has been remastered in high definition, LP-era recordings from the original tapes, and 78-era recordings from the best available sources.
1. Philharmonia Orchestra – Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55: I. Andante nobilmente e semplice – Allegro
2. Philharmonia Orchestra – Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55: II. Allegro molto
3. Philharmonia Orchestra – Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55: III. Adagio
4. Philharmonia Orchestra – Symphony No. 1 in A-Flat Major, Op. 55: IV. IV. Lento – Allegro