Elgar – Sea Pictures & Symphony No. 1


© 2010 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

℗ 2010 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

Licensed courtesy of Global Radio

Recorded live at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London,on 23
February 1984

Total playing time: 72:18

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Released June 2010

CD: Elgar – Sea Pictures & Symphony No. 1

LPO conducted by Vernon Handley

Elgar Sea Pictures
1.  Sea Slumber Song
2.  In Haven
3.  Sabbath Morning at Sea
4.  Where Corals Lie
5.  The Swimmer

Elgar Symphony No. 1 in A-flat major


Vernon Handley CBE conductor
Dame Janet Baker contralto
London Philharmonic Orchestra
David Nolan leader

When the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Elgar Society planned a concert to mark the 50th anniversary of Elgar’s death, Vernon Handley was the natural choice of conductor. Handley’s feeling for English music was second to none, and his rapport with Elgar’s music in particular is clear in these performances recorded live at the anniversary concert. Sea Pictures evokes contrasting images of the sea from five poems sung here by Dame Janet Baker, a peerless interpreter of the work. The First Symphony is one of Elgar’s finest works for orchestra – hailed after its premiere as ‘the greatest symphony of modern times’.

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