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Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South / Menuhin, RPO


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog #: 28330   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yehudi Menuhin, never an inspirational conductor, nevertheless had a long and successful career in this profession with many good recordings under his belt. Although he was not particularly super-competent, he was always treated with the respect he deserved by the ensembles he worked with. He produced some very good recordings, better in fact than one might have expected. This is one of them.

...[T]his is not a gentle Enigma. There is real muscle in this performance as becomes noticeable at a reasonably early stage. The orchestra respond exceptionally well. The brass and percussion dominate in parts - where it is necessary. The organ reinforces the bottom end of the score in the last variation and does so in a most
Read more impressive way. Although the sound of the brass is somewhat over-enthusiastic and can sometimes run away with itself, I would far rather have this than the over-careful renderings we can get today. Highly recommended, given the performances and the low price...

-- John Phillips, MusicWeb International
reviewing the Enigma Variations reissued as part of Regis 1219 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
In the South, Op. 50 "Alassio" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; England 
Length: 21 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 4 in G major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 

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