Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin Record Elgar's Symphony no. 1 for Decca. For their second album featuring the music of Edward Elgar, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin have recorded the composer's first symphony, following a recording of his second symphony two years ago. "I hold that the symphony without a program is the highest development of art." With these words, spoken in a University of Birmingham lecture in 1905, Elgar declared himself as belonging to the Brahmsian tradition of the abstract symphony, already thought moribund by many, rather than allying himself with Richard Strauss, the modern master of the symphonic poem.
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