Elgar Symphony No.1


Released On
1st Apr 2003

Product Code
CD HLL 7500

Edward Elgar

Sir Mark Elder

Sir Mark Elder, Piano
Timothy Pooley, Viola
Christine Rice, Mezzo-soprano

EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)
Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55

1. I Andante nobilmente e semplice – Allegro
2. II Allegro molto
3. III Adagio
4. IV Lento – Allegro
5. In the South (Alassio), Op.50
6. In Moonlight (Canto Popolare)

‘There is every sign that Mark Elder and the Orchestra could be embarking on a Hallé era every bit as resplendent as those of Barbirolli, Harty and Richter.’

Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph

It says much of the stature and regard in which the Hallé was held in Edwardian England (and since) that it was the Hallé that gave the world premiere of Elgar’s First Symphony in December 1908. It was a long-awaited event, Elgar having achieved huge popularity at home with Enigma .The symphony was almost universally praised, and people rushed to hear it and perform it, not just in England, but all over Europe.

Hans Richter, arguably the greatest musical figure of his age (and Charles Hallé’s successor as Principal conductor of the Hallé) described the First Symphony as “the greatest symphony of modern times.”