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London Symphony Orchestra; *London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult. EMI CDM 64015 [Enigma Variations; *Pomp and Circumstance Marches] (Variations originally released 1971; Marches originally released 1977).
Boult’s recording of the Enigma Variations with the London Symphony was made when both he and the orchestra were at their peak. It reflects an extraordinary blend of spontaneity and the grand manner, and shows great insight into the score. Smooth, flowing, majestic yet animated, it is a finely molded account in which every variation counts toward the whole. Boult’s approach is direct and eloquent rather than rhetorical, but very expressive.
In the marches, he tends to be a little understated...stiff upper
lip and all that. His readings, like the music itself, are the epitome of Englishness. The sound in the Variations is closely miked and remastered at a very high level, and a little on the bright side; that in the marches is exemplary. – Ted Libbey, author of
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Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Elgar & Boult: A Dynamic Duo. September 1, 2012
By Richard Buckley (Oakmont, PA) See All My Reviews
"I bought this CD because I had very little Elgar in my collection, and I was particularly lacking the Enigma Variations. The price was so low I really didn't expect much. Imagine my surprise when I first listened to the disc! Sir Adrian Boult and John Barbirolli bring to the fore things that I never experienced before when listening to Elgar. What a revelation! The Variations and the Pomp & Circumstances Marches have taken on a new life and meaning for me. Buy this CD while you can! It is magnificent at any price, let alone this steal."