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Elgar: Symphony No 1 / In the South CD (Antonio Pappano)

Antonio Pappano’s first release on the ICA Classics label couples Elgar’s Symphony no.1 with another work inspired by Italy, the colourful and exuberant concert overture In the South, a souvenir from a holiday in Alassio in 1903–04. This is the first time that Pappano has recorded Elgar and makes a welcome addition to Pappano’s discography. Following a concert at the Barbican in January 2012, John Allison wrote in a 5-star article for The Telegraph that ‘Pappano has much to bring to Elgar… his surging, striving account caught all the nervous energy of this elegiac work… now he should take the symphony, which like many Elgar works owes inspiration to Italy and was partly composed in Rome, to his own orchestra there’. Antonio Pappano himself said that he was ‘on a mission to bring this music back to its place of birth’ and knew the players’ ‘natural Italianate passion and lyricism would be ideal for the piece’.

Composer:Edward Elgar
1–4: Symphony no.1 in A flat major op.55
5: Concert overture In the South op.50
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Running time: 74:32 mins
Recorded live in the Auditorium Parco della Musica 2012/13
Antonio Pappano appears courtesy of Erato/Warner Classics

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