EDWARD GERMAN (1862-1936): Symphonic Suite in D Minor "The Leeds", Symphony No. 2 in A Minor "Norwich", March Rhapsody on Original Themes.
Catalogue Number: 07K004
Reference: CDLX 7202
Description: First complete recording of "The Leeds", a four-movement almost-symphony which dates from 1895. Symphonic in form, its title derives from the beating a sensitive composer took from George Bernard's Shaw's savaging of his second symphony when it was performed in 1893. Although its second movement, Valse Gracieuse, was often performed by itself, the third, slow, movement (Elegy) is remarkable for its emotionally evocative use of a solo saxophone and the Saltarello finale is a wonder of inventive orchestration and thematic ingenuity. March Rhapsody is a 14-minute work of 1897, reworked for Edward VII's coronation five years later, which has an Elgarian Pomp and Circumstance feel and brilliance. The symphony, recorded in 1994 by Marco Polo and now out of print, is a significant and remarkable work which was later characterized by Sir John Barbirolli as the sort of symphony Elgar might have written had he written a symphony at that date. BBC Concert Orchestra; John Wilson.