Elgar Symphony No.2


Released On
6th Sep 2004

Product Code
CD HLL 7507

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Edward Elgar

Sir Mark Elder

Lyn Fletcher, Violin
Ann Lawes, Violin
Timothy Pooley, Viola
David Watkin, Cello
'I have written out my soul.'
Edward Elgar

EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)

1. Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op.47


2. Song read by Sir Mark Elder CBE

EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934)

Symphony No.2 in E flat, Op.63

3. I – Allegro vivace e nobilmente
4. II – Larghetto
5. III – Rondo (Presto)
6. IV – Moderato e maestoso

‘Rarely, rarely comest thou, Spirit of Delight’ is how Elgar prefaced the score of his Symphony No.2. Mark Elder, a respected and preceptive Elgarian, conducts this extraordinary work, full of personal associations for the composer. ‘I have written out my soul’ Elgar said, surely referring to the twilight world at the heart of this glorious score.

The origin of the Introduction and Allegro was simple: according to Elgar, his inspiration was a folk-tune, distantly-heard whilst holidaying in Wales. In all respects, the result reflects a life-time of preparation, leading to this true masterpiece of the string repertoire.

The CD includes a reading by Mark Elder of Shelley’s poem, ‘Song’, the source of Elgar’s preface to the score of his Second Symphony.

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