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Lionel Harrison
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« Reply #3315 on: December 25, 2021, 05:11:08 pm »

his most glorious of symphonies. Anybody who thinks that only English conductors understand how to do Elgar would be proved wrong by this Japanese maestro's most majestic interpretation.

Y'ain't kiddin'. I regard Elgar's two completed symphonies as towering works in the repertoire: thematic genius, harmonic genius, orchestral genius, structural genius, thrills and spills aplenty - what's not to love? I also greatly admire Anthony Payne's realisation of the third symphony and find it incredibly moving. My personal favourites are James Judd and the Halle in No.1 (IMP PDC 2019) and Edward Downes with the BBC PO in No. 2 (Naxos 8.550635), but there are now, thankfully, so many recordings of these wonderful scores...


I'd be hard put to it (as people my age often are!) to choose favourite recordings of these symphonies but if you held a gun to me head, I guess I'd opt for Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Lyrita in no. 1 and for no. 2 Sir John Barbirolli's 1964 version with the Hallé Orchestra.
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