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Elgar: Enigma Variations; Holst: Planets / Boult, Lpo, Lso


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67749   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav HolstSir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraGeoffrey Mitchell ChoirLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This magnificent performance of The Planets, recorded with an opulent realism, brings to a final culmination Boult's supreme understanding of this work. The account of the 'Enigma' Variations is also a classic: a performance by a great conductor who has lived a lifetime with his music." -- GRAMOPHONE "This magnificent performance of The Planets, recorded with an opulent realism, brings to a final culmination Boult's supreme understanding of this work. The account of the 'Enigma' Variations is also a classic: a performance by a great conductor who has lived a lifetime with his music." -- GRAMOPHONE Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, UK 
Length: 48 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. 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 
Date of Recording: 08/1970 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 2 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): Theme (Andante)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): I. C.A.E. (the composer's wife) (L'istesso tempo)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): II. H.D.S.-P. ( Hew David Steuart-Powell) (Allegro)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): III. R.B.T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) (Allegretto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): V. R.P.A. (Richard Penrose Arnold) (Presto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): VI. Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) (Andantino)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): VII. Troyte (Troyte Griffith) (Presto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): VIII. W.N. (Winifred Norbury) (Allegretto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): IX. Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger) (Moderato)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): X. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) (Allegretto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): XI. G.R.S. (George Robertson Sinclair) (Allegro di molto)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): XII. B.G.N. (Basil G. Nevinson) (Andante)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): XIII. Romanza: * * * [Lady Mary Lygon] (Moderato)
Variations on an Original Theme 'Enigma' Op. 36 (2002 Digital Remaster): XIV. Finale: E.D.U. (the composer) (Allegro)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Mars, the Bringer of War (Allegro)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Venus, the Bringer of Peace (Adagio)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Mercury, the Winged Messenger (Vivace)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (Allegro giouoso)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age (Adagio)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Uranus, the Magician (Allegro)
The Planets, Op. 32 (2002 Digital Remaster): Neptune, the Mystic (Andante)

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