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An Introduction to Edward Elgar

Elgar / Gibson / Del Mar / Scottish Nat'l Orch
Release Date: 09/19/2006 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 2021   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum
Conductor:  Sir Alexander GibsonNorman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National OrchestraBournemouth Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A good modern [version of the Enigma Variations] is Gibson’s Chandos account, a demonstration quality recording, with the (then) Scottish National Orchestra on cracking form... [I]n Gibson’s hands, the slightest broadening out of [the coda] gives an overwhelming impact and jubilant finality to the piece.

-- Tony Haywood, MusicWeb International

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Gibson's Enigma Variations, of course, faces stiff opposition from many world-famous orchestras and conductors yet this performance compares favourably with many. The central variations: the two very feminine ones, a tender W.N. (Winifred Norbury) and a dainty 'Dorabella' which bracket a noble Nimrod, all shine; so, too, do G.R.S. with a very vivid
Read more portrait of Dan, the bulldog; and a thrilling if a bit wayward but appealing E.D.U. grand climax. - the sound is a little over-reverberant but it adds a nice spacious feeling to the proceedings... Gibson's Pomp and Circumstance Marches face strong competition too... The more famous No. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory) [is] well up to the standard of the competition...

-- Ian Lace, MusicWeb International
reviewing Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance no 1, previously reissued as part of Chandos 241 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
2.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
3.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
4.
Chanson de matin, Op. 15 no 2 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897; England 

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