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As the present principal conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo has chosen works by Edward Elgar, a composer whose music he has been a fervent advocate of since his tenure at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Oramo’s commitment to Elgar has been rewarded with a medal of honour from the British Elgar Society.
Oramo has already led the RSPO through a series of high-profile projects which has recently included a very successful tour of Japan. Oramo will be making his debut performance as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the last night of the Proms.
All three works presented here have a melancholic tinge with Symphony No. 2 being dedicated to the memory of King Edward VII, accompanied by two smaller string works: Elegy and Sospiri (‘sighs’).
Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63
I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
IV. Moderato e maestoso
Edward Elgar: Sospiri, Op. 70
Sospiri, Op. 70
Edward Elgar: Elegy, Op. 58
Elegy, Op. 58
“Stockholm strings may not sound very full or burnished at the fuller end...but they are supreme in atmospheric pianissimos...It's typical of the thoughtful Oramo, too, that he chooses to fill the rest of the disc with tender, veiled string elegies to complement the sunset Symphony”
24th July 2013
“The opening movement is propelled strongly, the Elgarian swagger is exploited well and that ghostly passage suggesting a malign presence in a garden seems particularly eerie here...Altogether a very impressive Elgar programme.”