Barry Wordsworth: Elgar Allegro for strings and Serenade for strings

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1. Introduction and Allegro for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47

Elgar in 1919, by William Rothenstein
Elgar in 1919, by William Rothenstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Serenade for strings in E Minor, Op.20:
2. Allegro piacevole
3. Larghetto
4. Allegretto

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor, Barry Wordsworth.

Sir Edward Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47, was composed in 1905 for performance in an all-Elgar concert by the newly formed London Symphony Orchestra. Scored for string quartet and string orchestra, Elgar composed it to show off the players' virtuosity.

2. Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20, is a piece for string orchestra in three short movements, by Edward Elgar.
It was written in March 1892 and first performed in private in that year, by the Worcester Ladies' Orchestral Class, with the composer conducting. It received its first public performance in Antwerp, Belgium on 21 July 1896.
Dedicated to the philosopher W. H. Whinfield, it is approximately 12 minutes in duration.