Sakari Oramo / Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra – Elgar: Symphony No. 1; Cockaigne (In London Town) (2014) {HD Tracks / SACD}

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Title: Elgar: Symphony No. 1; Cockaigne (In London Town)
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: BIS Records
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC {Tracks, 24bit/176kHz}/SACD (DSD64 2.0, 5.1; Image .ISO)
Total Time: 01:07:15 min
Total Size: 1,18 Gb/3,17 Gb
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Following in the footsteps of Adrian Boult and Vernon Handley, two conductors praised for their authoritative recordings of Edward Elgar's Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Sakari Oramo achieves a similar greatness in his splendid reading with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, which has the added benefit of superb audiophile reproduction. Boult and Handley made their landmark recordings in the late 1970s, so they were working near the end of the analog era and were able to draw out wonderful sounding orchestral sonorities that were vividly captured in stereo sound. Oramo's interpretation is quite close to theirs in tempos and overall pacing, and anyone familiar with the earlier recordings will note that the timings of the movements are quite close. But this hybrid SACD has the advantage in listenability, due to the astonishing depth of the multichannel recording and the pristine DSD sound, which make this recording the clearest and most spacious of the three, and the easiest to use in following the score. Expressively, Oramo also compares well with his predecessors, and the emotional impact of this performance is enhanced by the myriad details of the orchestration, which are plainly audible and surprisingly affecting because of their freshness. The filler piece is the festive Cockaigne Overture, which is terrific fun in its rambunctious way, and the playing here is a joy to hear. This BIS recording is highly recommended as one of the finest releases of 2014. (Allmusic)

Sakari Oramo / Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Elgar: Symphony No. 1; Cockaigne (In London Town) (2014) {HD Tracks / SACD}
01 - Symphony No.1 in A flat major, Op.55 1908 - I. Andante. Nobilmente e semplice - Allegro
02 - II. Allegro molto
03 - III. Adagio
04 - IV. Lento - Allegro
05 - Cockaigne In London Town, overture, Op.40 1901

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Sakari Oramo