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Work: Sospiri for string orchestra and harp, Op.70

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ComposerElgar, Sir Edward (1857-1934)
PeriodRomantic
Year1914
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonBBC Radio 3 Lunchtime: Elgar plus

London Symphony Orchestra
Elgar, Schumann, Wagner
Christine Rice; Nash Ensemble
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RPO and Pinchas Zukerman deliver safe as houses repertoire

Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
Assured and mostly rewarding performances from the RPO in standard fare that underlined Bruch’s nobility, Elgar’s masterly orchestration and the originality of Sibelius. 
****1
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Fraternity and frivolity: from Bizet to Elgar in Melbourne

Benjamin Northey © Ross Calia
Under Benjamin Northey's baton and Kristian Chong's fingers, Bizet's Carmen Suite and Saint-Saëns' Second Piano Concerto dazzle, but it's Elgar's Sospiri and Enigma Variations that truly made the evening.
***11
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Foot-stomping virtuosity from Martin Fröst

Martin Fröst © Mats Mats Bäcker
A sizzling combination of classical, jazz and folk-inspired music from Fröst and the Academy which drifted across continents with consummate skill.
*****
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Reflections on Gallipoli: enthralling and frustrating

The Gallipoli landings are etched indelibly into the Australian psyche. The Australian Chamber Orchestra offers an exploration of the campaigns which is enthralling and frustrating by turns. 
***11
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Künstlerische Reife und Kindheits-Rückblick mit Marin Alsop in Luzern

Marin Alsop © Lucerne Festival | Priska Ketterer
Sol Gabetta überzeugt mit einer reifen Interpretation von Elgars Cellokonzert. Sorgfältig und ausdrucksvoll danach Mahlers Erste mit Marin Alsop und dem LPO.
****1
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