Perhaps it helps to be British, but it's heavy going for these Edwardian war horses to my ears. Sadly, Michael Stern brings nothing to the tea party to change matters, unless it's hearing some extended music after the Wasps overture (under the title of the Aristophanic Suite), but where's the zest Andre Previn or others have brought to the score?
The Enigma Variations is somewhat better, but not too much better. Again, Michael Stern gives us little or nothing to challenge Pierre Monteux or the usual suspects like Barbirolli from the UK. And surely, Greensleeves should go right into the "mood music" bin, no?
Sadly, I must also report that the usual exceptional sonics which come with a Reference Recording SACD seem in this case also to have gone South, so that the sound is flabby and diffuse....There are better accounts of all these pieces to be had, if you must have them.