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Excellence all around
Sir John Barbirolli is the grand master of Elgar interpreters and here we have a demonstration of why this is so. His reading of this symphony is simply spot on and the Halle play for him as if their lives depending on giving him this flawless performance. Legendary EMI recording engineer Christopher Parker delivers excellent sonics in this recording from Kingsway Hall: great detail and resolution, full frequency extension, nice soundstage. This recording is an example of why the "two Christophers" recordings from EMI have long been so highly valued by audiophiles. (The other Christopher being producer Christopher Bishop.) HDTT provides their usual superlative transfer from this tape, which must be another very good one (provenance not named), giving us very clean, very clear sonics all the way around. An excellent release! Thank you.
Title; Elgar Symphony No. 2 In E Flat Major, Op. 63
Artist(s): Composed By – Elgar
Conductor – Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra – Hallé Orchestra
Recording Info: Released by EMI 1964
1 Allegro vivace e nobilmente 19:24
2 Larghetto 13:50
3 Rondo (Presto) 8:20
4 Moderato e maestoso 14:20