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Work: Cockaigne (In London Town) - overture for orchestra, Op.40

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ComposerElgar, Sir Edward (1857-1934)
PeriodRomantic
Year1901
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonA Feast of Elgar

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Philharmonia Orchestra; Elim Chan; Pablo Ferrández
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Golden glow in Sir Andrew Davis' Sibelius 1 with the BBC Philharmonic

Sir Andrew Davis © Lucas Dawson
Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Philharmonic in Elgar, Rachmaninov and Sibelius with pianist Kathryn Stott.
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Prom 13: a warm, if fatiguing, tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent

Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Sir Andrew Davis led the BBC SO in a recreation of Sir Malcolm Sargent's 500th Prom, a lengthy programme that failed to inspire.
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Over-the-top Elgar and hushed Mahler

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Sir John Eliot Gardiner rendered Elgar’s Second Symphony with broad, excessive, strokes, while Ann Hallenberg brought hushed intensity to Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.
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Thomas Søndergård and his Welsh forces score a hit with Rachmaninov’s The Bells

In a quirky programme featuring English, Welsh and Russian music the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales began their new season at St David’s Hall showcasing, with mixed results, their composer-in-association Huw Watkins, Elgar and three Russian composers at different stages in their careers.
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Everything but the kitchen sink: Walton's Belshazzar's Feast

Orient meets Occident in three performances of English works conducted by the Japanese maestro Tadaaki Otaka.
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