A clear and insightful interpretation of Elgar’s Second Symphony

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‘From the wonderful lyrical springboard opening right through to the final slow fade there’s a singing line that rises, falls and snakes its way through everything. The recordings are ideally suited to Gardner’s approach: warm-toned, but clear, so that all the strands and facets in Elgar’s complex orchestral textures are clear without being brought analytically forward.’

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Elgar

Symphony No. 2; Serenade for Strings

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner

Chandos CHSA 5197 (hybrid CD/SACD)   66:42 mins

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