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Elgar
In the South (Alassio) – Concert Overture, Op.50
Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti

Recorded in Kingsway Hall, London – Symphony in February 1972; In the South in December 1979
CD No: DECCA ORIGINALS
475 8226
Duration: 69 minutes
Reviewed: April 2007
Solti’s Elgar 1 still has the power to thrill and move; it’s a great performance, one of thrust, flexibility and real emotion – the wonderful slow movement is very special here. In the South sounds better than it ever has, although the recessed image still compares unfavourably with the magnificent reproduction of the symphony. Decca’s presentation, notes and re-mastering are exemplary.

 

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