I'm sorry but I think I've made the mistake to listen to this recording after I went through Solti's remarkable adventures with Elgar's orchestral works, recorded in the 1970s on Decca and even managed to listen to Elgar's own recordings of his own works. This new BIS release sounds just so flat, so uninspired, so dreadfully boring, I really can't imagine they ever gave mr. Orama the Elgar Medal. But probably I'm mistaken again and is Solti's reading only hysteria? Or outward display? And should Elgar be played like Orama does: slow, with much nobilemente and grandeur and without any sharp edge? Like an inner journey, flattening everything. Just compare the timpani playing - I always observe timpani playing because it says so much about the rhythmic abilities of a conductor/interpreter - on this recording they sound totally flat and completely into the orchestral fabric. Solti makes much work of it and lets the player have his field day. So, many passages sound dramatic, lived through, instead of flat and uninspired. I really don't know what's better or not and that's not the case I think. I love the Solti readings and Orama leaves me stone cold. Add to this a very dead acoustics that BIS is presenting and I'm out. And then those sugary fillers, jegh. Very interesting for a funeral.