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Elgar - Enigma Variations; In the South (Alassio); String Serenade

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  • Orchestra: Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Composer: Elgar
  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signum
  • ASIN: B00288AUX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Enigma Variations, Op. 36 - Philharmonia Orchestra
  2. In the South (Alassio), Op. 50 - Philharmonia Orchestra
  3. Serenade for Strings in E Minor, Op. 20 - Philharmonia Orchestra

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The Philharmonia is on sumptuous form, the full orchestra making a splendid sound in the richly scored In the South, and the woodwind, horn, violin, viola and cello relishing their solos. Davis s reading of the Variations is full of good touches, with well-chosen tempi...culminating in a finely paced and viscerally exciting finale. --David Cairns, The Sunday Times, June 14, 2009

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Having been brought up early in my teens with Th Enigma Variations I possess numerous copies of this fantastic piece. So hearing something new and fresh is quite novel but I have to say this live recording is engaging from the first bar. The sound is so immediate and 'live' so much so that it brings the work to life with such a freshness and youthful feel. After this many of my other old favourites are going to sound staid and rather lifeless.
My advice to anyone would be to get a few readings of The Varitions as the speed and balance varies so much between conductors and orchestras. Whatever, the work will live as one of those supreme pieces where Elgar portrays all his friends through the medium of some wonderful music.
Buy this one for real sense that you are there hearing every detail. A real cracker of a recording which when added to the superb In The South and Serenade for Strings makes this an odd-on winner in my book. Enjoy it
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This is a beautiful piece performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. I purchased it specifically for Variation #9, Nimrod. My only complaint would be an issue with volume - from one extreme to the other. Is this a problem with how it was recorded or is this indeed how it should sound?

Jennifer
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Live recording adds immediacy to the elements of dinner party conversation that make up each variation, Wonderful and generous selection. Sound is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually elegant readings, with gorgeous sonics and orchestral playing 21 April 2011
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It's hard to get noticed when you are recording the Enigma Var. for the fifth time, as Andre Davis is here; he already had a commercial recording with the Philharmonia in 1983. the occasion here was the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth in 1857. I appear to be building up to an anticlimax, but Davis is a major Elgar conductor, and here he and the orchestra strive to bring out as much nuance and detail as possible. this isn't a reading that sounds like an old shoe. the polish of the playing is extraordinary. The only deciding factor, I think, between this and a host of earlier accounts is whether you want a more direct or refined approach.

the recording is very clear and vivid, so there's plenty of impact from the percussion and a robust brass sound. I'd go so far as to give this Cd the palm for sound, even above my old favorite, the Decca recording with Monteux and the London Sym. The Enigmas don't feature many solos, but when there are snatches of solo playing, the Philharmonia first desks live up to their reputation for elegance. For many listeners the touchstone of any Enigma is the 'Nimrod' variation, which Davis conducts with a lovely quiet elegiac feeling, never milking the melody. The finale, Var. 14, is telling, in that Davis keeps it under control rather than letting it run free. Overall this is a shaped reading rather than a spontaneous one, very satisfying on its own terms.

In the South isn't unbuttoned, either, yet there is a controlled exhilaration in the playing that is very appealing. Davis doesn't let the orchestral texture get too thick, and the orchestra once again comes through with thrilling execution. The album ends with the Serenade for Strings. For decades Barbirolli's EMI recording from the mid-Sixties has been the classic recommendation. Davis doesn't equal its fervent, heart-on-sleeve romanticism, but on the other hand, the Philharmonia strings are more supple and elegant. In all, one can find a dozen CDs of Elgar's orchestral chestnuts -- a cottage industry turns them out in Jolly Old -- but this one has its special features.
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