Elgar: Symphony no. 2


Catalogue No: DDA 25045
EAN/UPC: 809730504525
Artists: ,
Composers: ,
Release Date: October 2006
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 64:59
Sample: Investiture Dance no. 1

To celebrate the 60th birthday of the oldest national youth orchestra in Europe, a sparkling and brilliant performance of Elgar’s Second Symphony, and the only recording available of the three Investiture Dances by Wales’ premier composer.

Track Listing

    Edward Elgar:

  1. I. Symphony no., 2 in E flat major, op. 63 − Allegro vivace e nobilmente (19:00)
  2. II. Symphony no., 2 in E flat major, op. 63 − Larghetto (14:15)
  3. III. Symphony no., 2 in E flat major, op. 63 − Rondo (8:20)
  4. IV. Symphony no., 2 in E flat major, op. 63 − Moderato e maestoso (15:00)
  5. Alun Hoddinott:

  6. I. Investiture Dances, op. 66 − Allegro (2:32)
  7. II. Investiture Dances, op. 66 − Andante (3:36)
  8. III. Investiture Dances, op. 66 − Presto (2:14)


Musical Opinion

truly outstanding CD…[the Symphony] is delivered with a bold fluency and deeply felt eloquence. [Hoddinott’s Dances] deserve more regular airings… an excellent disc

” —Denby Richards

this new recording on Elgar’s magnificent 2nd symphony is a fascinating one…[the orchestra] give an excellent account of themselves.. the finale… is a tour de force. With copious notes and fine presentation, this… should prove to be a winner.

” —Gerald Fenech
Classic FM Magazine

the youngsters acquit themselves splendidly ⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —Jeremy Nicholas
Liverpool Daily Echo

a fine showing in Elgar’s 2nd symphony… a very creditable release indeed

” —Peter Spaull

This version of Elgar 2 has a lot going for it…Hoddinott’s dances are superbly carried off by the young players. The notes by Peter Reynolds are outstandingly good having some fascinating touches woven in.

” —Rob Barnett
International Record Review

A fine performance of the Symphony… really splendid… the conducting and playing are magnificent and truly moving. Way above the ordinary and very well recorded.

” —Colin Anderson