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Elgar from Petrenko
and the RLPO -
appreciated by
HOWARD SMITH

'... our Liverpool Orchestra is every bit the equal of its fine London counterparts ...'

Elgar: Symphony No 1; Cockaigne - RLPO / Petrenko. © 2015 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / PM Classics Ltd

Over the years Elgar's First Symphony has been rewarded with recordings of incomparable, lasting value — for instance with Barbirolli and the Hallé (1956), Elgar himself with the LSO (1930), Colin Davis and the Dresden Staatskapelle (1998), Vernon Handley with the LPO (1984) and Adrian Boult and his BBC Symphony (1968).

As the twentieth century recording industry developed and flourished, several music commentators appeared to look upon Elgar recordings as the special province of British artists; namely Adrian Boult, John Barbirolli, Jacqueline du Pré, Janet Baker, Nigel Kennedy and Paul Watkins.

Inexorably sound recording technology was reshaped and improved with brittle 78 rpm discs, then long playing 33 rpm records, for a time stillborn tape cassettes appeared and then a quantum leap brought compact discs. To this day a small army of audio heads rate LPs above the compact disc...

Copyright © 18 March 2015 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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ELGAR: SYMPHONY NO 1; COCKAIGNE - RLPO / PETRENKO

EDWARD ELGAR

ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

VASILY PETRENKO

LIVERPOOL

UNITED KINGDOM

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

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