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THE MERSEYSIDE SYMPHONY
Leader, REGINALD STEAD
Conductor, LOUIS COHEN
St. George's Hall, Liverpool
Elgar's Serenade in E minor no doubt owes a good deal of its effective use of the strings to the composer's intimate knowledge of the violin, and his youthful experience as conductor of a local band of modest size and attainment. It is certainly written with superb understanding of the expressive and colouristic qualities of the strings.
Beethoven is thought to have begun his first symphony when he was about twenty-five, but he was thirty before it was first performed in 1800. The music seems simple and straightforward enough to us now, but in those days it was considered by the critics to be daringly modern. The introduction upset them, for Beethoven had been a little unconventional in the matter of keys, running through three of them in the first three bars. But it is all very jolly music, reminding us first of Mozart, then of Haydn.
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