Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 63: I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Vasily Petrenko’s exploration of Elgar’s passionate Second Symphony is simultaneously woozy and refined. Strings weave to and fro in never-ending melody, while woodwinds delicately thread through rich brass harmonies. The work’s “Rondo” is a vast, thundering fantasy, with strings blasting through complex lines at break-neck speed.