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Excellent Live Recording of a Classic Elgar Symphony

The London Philharmonic is in superb form under the direction of English music specialist Vernon Handley. Dame Janet Baker (contralto) is excellent in Elgar's Sea Pictures, an interesting addition to any collection. But, let's me honest here, the main reason for this disc is for Elgar's great Symphony #1. The LPO does not disappoint. While the recording is a bit distant for my taste (as if recorded from the back of the concert hall), it is a live recording, so the recording can be forgiven. This is not to say that the record lacks clarity, it is still vibrant. The orchestra really comes to life in the Adagio (3rd Movement), where you can truly hear the strings breathing with passion.

Biography

Genre: Classical

While mezzo-soprano Janet Baker was best known for her performances of British music, especially that of her compatriot Benjamin Britten, she was also a fine performer of art song, sacred music, and Classical and pre-Classical opera. Her repertoire, as well as her background, frequently overlapped that of her great predecessor, Kathleen Ferrier; though her career was mostly centered in England, and she always had a special place in the regard of English audiences, her fame was international. In...
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Elgar: Sea Pictures - Symphony No. 1, Janet Baker
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