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Elgar: Enigma Variations, Etc / Boult, Barbirolli


Release Date: 10/17/1995 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 69022   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian BoultSir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Philharmonic OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Plenty of Enigma recordings have been added to the catalogue since 1970 when this Boult recording was made, but none has surpassed it in authority and fidelity. Just listen to the clarity of detail in the ''C. A. E.'' variation—nothing overdone, but so many little touches that give this familiar music a freshness that projects its originality. There is also a slightly elegiac feel to the phrasing here as if Boult, no sentimentalist, was nevertheless aware that his Enigma days must inevitably be numbered. Yet the faster variations have the vitality and brio that one might expect from a younger conductor. The LSO's performance is excellent and the recording too.

For the complete set of Pomp and Circumstance Marches the
Read more orchestra is the London Philharmonic. These are also conducted and performed with zest, notably No. 2 which at this pace would have a platoon of soldiers panting for breath before it was half over. Sir Adrian was, after all, a keen walker and had a long stride!

-- Gramophone [4/1992] Reviewing EMI 64015
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Works on This Recording

1. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
2. Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1930; England 
3. Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; England 

Sound Samples

Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): Theme (Andante)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): I. C.A.E. (the composer's wife)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): II. H.D.S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): III. R.B.T. (Richard Baxter Townshend)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): V. R.P.A. (Richard Penrose Arnold)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): VI. Ysobel (Isabel Fitton)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): VII. Troyte (Troyte Griffith)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): VIII. W.N. (Winifred Norbury)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): IX. Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): X. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): XI. G.R.S. (George Robertson Sinclair)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): XII. B.G.N. (Basil G. Nevinson)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): XIII. Romanza: * * * [Lady Mary Lygon]
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): XIV. Finale: E.D.U. (the composer)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Op. 39 No. 1 (1986 Digital Remaster)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 2 in A minor Op. 39 No. 2 (1986 Digital Remaster)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 3 in C minor Op. 39 No. 3 (1986 Digital Remaster)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G Op. 39 No. 4 (1986 Digital Remaster)
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 5 in C Op. 39 No. 5 (1986 Digital Remaster)
Cockaigne (In London Town) - Concert Overture Op. 40 (1988 Digital Remaster)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
  Elgar & Boult: A Dynamic Duo. September 1, 2012 By Richard F. Buckley (Jefferson Hills, 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." Report Abuse
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