Recorded October 28 - 30, 2021, as part of the NEXT STAGE Digital Concert Series Presented by PNC.
SIR MARK ELDER conducts
WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
ELGAR Symphony No. 1
The spirited prelude to Wagner’s comic opera The Mastersingers of Nuremberg highlights his uncanny ability to build suspense with powerful orchestral tuttis and pregnant pauses. He also inserts “leitmotivs” – reoccurring melodies that represent characters in the opera.
Elgar wrote his heroic First Symphony to impress the famed conductor Hans Richter, who considered it “the greatest symphony of modern times, written by the greatest modern composer, and not only in this country.”