Playlist: Some British symphonic music

It was gratifying last week to see the audience’s response to Pacific Symphony’s first performances of Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 (and how well the orchestra played it, under the baton of guest conductor Michael Francis). We don’t get much British symphonic music here in California, or in the U.S. generally, so I thought I’d put together a little playlist for those of you who are curious to explore a little more.

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Video: Elgar conducts Elgar

As Michael Francis conducts Pacific Symphony in its first performances of Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share this historical film of Elgar himself conducting the “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 1.

The occasion is the opening of the Abbey Road Studios in London on November 12, 1931. The words of Elgar at the beginning: “Good morning gentlemen. Glad to see you all. Very light program this morning. Please play this tune as though you’ve never heard it before.”