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The London Symphony Orchestra. Edward Elgar. Remastered Collection (I, II, III) – CD Review, the 21st-23rd of February 2024

Since the foundation of the London Symphonic Orchestra in 1904, Edward Elgar's music and personality have been influencing the ensemble's progress. Elgar lead it since its first season, and the main conductor of that time, Hans Richter, included the English composer's works in his repertoire. Edward Elgar is still considered one of the most important British composers of all time, an extraordinary creator of works for orchestras and concerts, which stand out through counterpoint runs and remarkable harmonic structures. For the last decades, most orchestras in England have been creating their concert programmes focusing on Edward Elgar's works, one of them being the London Symphonic Orchestra.

120 years after it had been founded, the London Symphonic Orchestra dedicates an entire album, a collection of four CDs of over five hours of music to Edward Elgar, 90 years since his death. The set includes remastered historic recordings, made during some concerts held in 1988 and 2007 on important London stages - Barbican Hall and Walthamstow Town Hall, with Barry Tuckwell, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Antonio Pappano and Sir Colin Davis at the rostrum.

The Pomp and Circumstance Marches, the first three symphonies, the Enigma Variations and the Concert in E minor for cello and orchestra are a few of Edward Elgar's works, included on this exceptional album.

Larisa Clempuș