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Elgar: Enigma Variations; Britten / Harper, Haitink


Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Lpo   Catalog #: 2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward ElgarBenjamin Britten
Performer:  Mark JacksonDavid NolanRusen GünesDermont Crehan,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As it turned out, Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink was in fact a very fine English conductor. In his years with the London Philharmonic from 1967 through 1979, Haitink not only tightened the ensemble and secured its playing, he performed and ultimately recorded a great deal of English music, including the complete symphonies of Elgar and Vaughan Williams. But by no means have all of Haitink's interpretations of English music been released, and this issue by LPO Live of concert performances of works by Elgar and Britten will be welcome in homes that hold English composers dear. Haitink's only previous Elgar recordings include both symphonies, but his vigorously robust yet tenderly sweet Introduction and Allegro from 1984 and his brilliantly Read more exuberant yet deeply felt Enigma Variations from 1986 are splendid additions to the catalog. Especially welcome will be his 1979 recording of Britten's Our Hunting Fathers with soprano Heather Harper. Haitink's only previous Britten recording was of a grimly symphonic Peter Grimes and this recording of an earlier, more modernist and more sardonic work with the clarion soprano of Harper is an unlooked for addition. LPO Live's sound is dim and distant, but honest.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Mark Jackson (Cello), David Nolan (Violin), Rusen Günes (Viola),
Dermont Crehan (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
Date of Recording: 11/27/1984 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Date of Recording: 08/28/1986 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 32 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
Date of Recording: 08/14/1979 
Venue:  Live  Royal Albert Hall, London, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47
Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8: I. Prologue
Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8: II. Rats Away!
Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8: III. Messalina
Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8: IV. Dance of Death (Hawking for the Partridge)
Our Hunting Fathers, Op. 8: V. Epilogue and Funeral March
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Introduction
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 1: C. A. E. (The Composer's Wife) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 2: H. D. S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 3: R. B. T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 4: W. M. B. (William Meath Baker) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 5: R. P. A. (Richard Penrose Arnold)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 6: Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 7: Troyte (Troyte Griffith) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 8: W. N. (Winifred Norbury) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 9: Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 10: Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 11: G. R. S. (George Robertson Sinclair) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 12: B. G. N. (Basil G. Nevinson) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 13: Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon) -
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma": Variation 14: Finale: E. D. U. (The Composer)

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