WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

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. 

This title is currently unavailable.



Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
Read more 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 The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

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
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Already a subscriber? Sign In