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Overview

When Elgar’s First Symphony was premiered in Manchester in 1908, it was immediately hailed a triumph and a long-awaited landmark – as England’s First Symphony in effect – a true masterpiece. After the conclusion of the adagio, the audience’s response was so enthusiastic that, prior to launching the finale, conductor Hans Richter summoned Elgar to the stage for a bow. A work of magnificent grandeur and emotional depth it begins with a broad, noble theme, binding it together and recurring at intervals throughout before eventually emerging as a triumphant march at the very end.

Saint-Saëns composed his ‘Egyptian’ concerto in the temple town of Luxor. The music is among his most exotic, displaying influences from Javanese and Spanish as well as Middle-eastern music. He said that the piece represented a sea voyage – the piano and orchestra produce impressionistic sounds representing frogs and the chirping of Nile crickets. Elgar’s first major orchestral work, Froissart describes the medieval age of knights and ladies, of chivalry and romance, of Arthur and Guinevere.

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