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5.0 out of 5 stars idiomatic, satisfying and beautiful to listen to., 28 May 2007
This review is from: Elgar: Enigma Variations (Audio CD)
It's lovely to hear the VPO in this repertoire, particularly as in recent years Elgar has not had a great reputation beyond the UK, and especially in Europe. The sound is lovely, with an excellent recording to match. There is nothing quirky or eccentric about the performances - I regard that as a plus - but lots of character, beautiful phrasing, wistfulness, nostalgia, fire and energy exactly as the music requires. It is particularly nice to see 'Sospiri', that strange rather private, sad little piece, in the programmme. None of these performances would be my first choice (for 'Enigma', for example, I would agree with Rob Cowan on a fairly recent BBC3 CD Review and go for Boult), but they are all up there in the first rank, and as a compilation of the very best of Elgar's orchestral music, this is most impressive.
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Initial post: 31 May 2011 20:58:56 BDT
A Pedant says:
There's another recording of Enigma played by the Wiener Philharmoniker, this time conducted by Solti. This too is quite wonderful and coupled (or is it tripled?) with sets of variations by Kodaly and Blacher. Anyone who has thought of Solti as a bombastic conductor really ought to hear this: the way he builds the climax in (a comparatively swift) Nimrod architecturally so it emerges inevitably and without exaggeration makes it all the more powerful and moving. enigma variations / peacock var / paganini var

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2011 16:31:07 BDT
hillbank68 says:
Thanks for your comment (which doesn't sound too pedantic to me!)
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