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Elgar: Enigma Variations, Etc / Zinman, Baltimore So


Release Date: 10/09/1989 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80192   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Do we need yet another recording of Enigma? Looked at realistically, the answer must be no. But when a performance as good as this comes along, then one is bound to say that there should always be room for it. David Zinman's conducting of Elgar impresses me. He has the feel for the ebb and flow, the elasticity of the music, and he obtains idiomatic playing from the excellent Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Telarc recording is characteristically vivid and full. All the detail is captured but not to the extent that the broad outline is obscured. How well the organ's entry is registered (no pun intended), for example.

Zinman's tempos in the variations are just right, with ''Nimrod'' forming a true central slow movement without
Read more bringing the work to a full stop, Bernstein-fashion. The brillante stringplaying in ''Troyte'' is exciting and, altogether, the performance re-confirmed my stubborn belief that this is the greatest orchestral work by an English composer. Its wit and fantasy are beautifully touched in by Zinman, while the deeper emotions involved in the Romanza are suggested without undue exaggeration.

Cockaigne has some pleasing touches of portamento. The tempo is occasionally on the slow side in this interpretation, with a tendency on Zinman's part to make points instead of letting them make themselves naturally. But this is quibbling: the music is performed with colour and brio. Again, the recording is splendid, with the brass relishing their military-band episode.

The two other works on the disc are from Elgar's early days. The Serenade was his first masterpiece, as fresh-sounding today as the comparable works for strings by Dvorak and Grieg which it emulates so successfully. Zinman's phrasing of the Larghetto is a trifle mannered, but the Baltimore strings are lithe and mellow throughout and give a lovely performance. As for Salut d'amour, its indestructible melody is treated by Zinman with affection and respect and not a hint of condescension. A fine disc.

-- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  J. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 
Length: 30 Minutes 33 Secs. 
2.
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  J. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 
Length: 15 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  J. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 
Length: 11 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  J. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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