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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection In Every Sense
Sir Adrian Boult is an amazing interpreter of Elgar. The whole CD is amazing but the Pomp and Circumstance Marches steal the show here. It is seldom that a perfect performance and a perfect standard of recording come together but it happens here. Listen in particular to the fourth march and no other recording will ever sound the same again. This is truly something really...
Published on 19 Sep 2009 by John Byrne

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Easy listening in the car
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection In Every Sense, 19 Sep 2009
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John Byrne (Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Elgar - Orchestral Works - Enigma Variations - Pomp & Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5 (Audio CD)
Sir Adrian Boult is an amazing interpreter of Elgar. The whole CD is amazing but the Pomp and Circumstance Marches steal the show here. It is seldom that a perfect performance and a perfect standard of recording come together but it happens here. Listen in particular to the fourth march and no other recording will ever sound the same again. This is truly something really special to listen to. A must for any collector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elgar, 29 Aug 2012
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This is an excellent compilation of Elgar works. I actually don't know it has taken me so long to buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elgar : Orchestreal Works, 22 Aug 2012
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Sir Edward Elgar's music on CD is a Must Buy for anyone who appreciates good classical music. The item arrived within a reasonable amount of time from first placing the order.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful recording, 7 Jun 2011
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I'm still not convinced with the quality of digital downloads from stores like Amazon and iTunes so remain on the look out for good CDs, this does not disappoint- a really wonderful and crisp recording, offered here at amazon for a fantastic price. Thumbs up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boult brings his usual authoritative approach to this familiar music, 23 April 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Elgar - Orchestral Works - Enigma Variations - Pomp & Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5 (Audio CD)
This disc, compiled from recordings made in 1971 and 1977, encapsulate Boult's gift as an interpreter of Elgar's music. The recording itself, although not of the very latest provenance and thus lacking ultimate HD definition, is still faithful and fully up to the task of conveying Boult's view and providing considerable satisfaction. There is a clear sense of an authoritative musical mind at work here based on many years of practical experience.

Boult characteristically brings an objective splendour to his view of Elgar. There is none of the overt emotional response of a Barbirolli for instance but its very restraint delivers an accumulative emotional punch that comes directly from the music rather than from any imposed interpretation. This is why Boult is still so powerful as an Elgar conductor and why the recordings he made simply do not date, but appear to gain in wisdom as the years go by. More overtly emotional or subjective views run the risk of becoming unfashionable or dated. This is unlikely to happen to such a clear sighted and straight approach as Boult's.

The same clear sighted and objective approach is equally applied to the five marches and, as with the variations, this gives them a strength that will add to their longevity.

At this point it must be mentioned that there are other, equally valid views of the Enigma, not least that by Monteux and the LSO. His famously exciting and passionate recording has been wonderfully re-mastered and is now available coupled with an equally involving Dvorak 7 on Decca Eloquence label.

However, Boult's fine disc of readings here is the sort that will survive the passing of time and its transient fashions. I would suggest that this, along with other recordings of Elgar's music by Boult, deserves serious consideration by all potential purchasers. The readings may not have the high excitement of the passing moment but they will fully repay years of repeat listening and will be impervious to the whims of passing fancy. I would also supplement this with Monteux's reading of the Enigma as mentioned above.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enigma remember, 29 Mar 2014
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nice listening made a great present for my mother, My mother chose Enigma to be played at my Dads funeral in remembrance of his life a great piece of work to remember a great Dad
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5.0 out of 5 stars elgar, 9 Mar 2014
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an excellent album which celebrates Elgar's finest works. makes me proud to be british with one of our finest English composers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical work, 1 Aug 2013
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This is a great recording and very enjoyable to listen to. I would really recommend this to other music lovers
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars geordie john, 20 Aug 2011
This review is from: Elgar - Orchestral Works - Enigma Variations - Pomp & Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5 (Audio CD)
stirring music,I've listened to the CD anumber of times now and each time seem to discover an instrumental, or some other facet of the music, that went unnoticed before. I strongly recommend, buy.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Collection, 31 July 2011
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Have heard most of the content of this CD played as well or better any number of times, as well as far worse.

Its great selling point and why I got is was to have all 5 of the Pomp and Circumstance Marches in the same place: one can far to seldom get nos 2,3 and 5. Similarly there are literally hundreds of recordings of the popular bits of the Enigma but all too few complete collections.
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