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Work: Symphony no. 2 in E flat major, Op.63

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ComposerElgar, Sir Edward (1857-1934)
PeriodRomantic
Year1911
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonBBC Symphony Orchestra / Oramo

Sibelius, Stravinsky, Elgar
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sakari Oramo; Vilde Frang; Ville Rusanen
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A study in romance: David Parry and the LPO

David Parry © Marco Borrelli
Where better to start the LPO's exploration of 'British' music in its Isle of Noises festival than with Sir Edward Elgar? 
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Hallé and Sir Mark Elder bring to life Don Quixote and Elgar 2

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
The Hallé and Sir Mark Elder bring details and affection to Strauss' Don Quixote and Elgar's second symphony.
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Cleveland Orchestra majestic in Beethoven and Elgar

Nikolaj Znaider © Lars Gundersen
Nikolaj Znaider led The Cleveland Orchestra in two works that shared a key but were otherwise quite disparate: Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Yefim Bronfman, and Elgar’s Second Symphony.
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Energy and eloquence from Elder and the LSO in Elgar's Second Symphony

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
In the sublime funeral march of the Larghetto Elder set a daringly slow tempo, producing a cumulative, sorrowing eloquence as each LSO section tossed its melodic tribute on to the passing cortège.
****1
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Prom 4: Great Birtwistle and Elgar from Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin

Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin shine in an inescapably political programme.
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