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Elgar: Symphony No 2, Enigma, Cello Concerto / Shaham, Fournier, Bernstein


Release Date: 02/27/2001 
Label:  Dg Panorama Catalog #: 469136   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Rohan De SilvaGil ShahamPierre Fournier
Conductor:  Leonard BernsteinGiuseppe SinopoliAlfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraOrpheus Chamber OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A highly individualistic reading typical of Bernstein's later years.

"The best thing about this Elgar Panorama is that it restores Leonard Bernstein's colorful--and controversial--Enigma Variations to the catalog. From the day it was released (and for years afterward) the British press railed against this recording, hauling it out as a favored whipping-boy whenever a newer version of Enigma appeared. They were particularly aghast at Bernstein's expanded tempo in the "Nimrod" variation, bringing to the piece a warmth and emotional intensity that ruffled many a feather across the pond. Hearing it afresh reveals a highly individualistic reading typical of Bernstein's later years, with contrasts pushed to the
Read more limit (and sometimes beyond), and always brilliant and penetrating orchestral execution, qualities shared by his exciting performance of the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1. After two pleasing and stylishly played interludes (Salut d'amour and La Capricieuse) by Gil Shaham, we are immediately gripped by Pierre Fournier's grimly intense and refreshingly animated rendition of the Cello Concerto, stunningly partnered by Alfred Wallenstein and the Berlin Philharmonic..." - excerpted from a review by Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Length: 37 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2. Pomp and Circumstance Marches (5), Op. 39: no 1 in D major by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3. La capricieuse, Op. 17 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Rohan De Silva (Piano), Gil Shaham (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4. Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5. Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
Length: 13 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6. Symphony no 2 in E flat major, Op. 63 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; England 
Length: 65 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7. Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
Length: 35 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 

Sound Samples

Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": Theme (Andante)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 1. C.A.E. (L'istesso tempo)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 2. H.D.S.-P. (Allegro)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 3. R.B.T. (Allegretto)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 4. W.M.B. (Allegro di molto)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 5. R.P.A. (Moderato)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 6. Ysobel (Andantino)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 7. Troyte (Presto)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 8. W.N. (Allegretto)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 9. Nimrod (Adagio)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 10. Intermezzo: Dorabella (Allegretto)
Variations on an Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 11. G.R.S. (Allegro di molto)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 12. B.G.N. (Andante)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 13. Romanza *** (Moderato)
Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 "Enigma": 14. Finale: E.D.U. (Allegro - Presto)
La Capricieuse, Op.17
Salut d'amour, Op.12
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: 1. Adagio - Moderato
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: 2. Lento - Allegro molto
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: 3. Adagio
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85: 4. Allegro
"Pomp and Circumstance," Op.39: March, No.1 In D
Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op.47
Symphony No.2 In E Flat, Op.63: 1. Allegro vivace e nobilmente
Symphony No.2 In E Flat, Op.63: 2. Larghetto
Symphony No.2 In E Flat, Op.63: 3. Rondo. Presto
Symphony No.2 In E Flat, Op.63: 4. Moderato e maestoso

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