Elgar: Orchestral Works

Elgar: Orchestral Works


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Elgar: Orchestral Works

Listeners looking for a well-played, well-recorded, and deeply felt recording of Elgar's brilliant and warmhearted "Enigma Variations" who have already heard the Boult and Barbirolli recordings might try this 1988 recording by Bryden Thomson and the London Philharmonic. It has everything one looks for in an "Enigma" -- superb and sympathetic playing by the LPO and stylish and expressive conducting from Thomson -- plus that degree of profound and abiding affection that only the English seem able to bring to Elgar's glorious hymn to love and friendship. By coupling Elgar's popular "Enigma" with his less well known but still ebullient "Froissart Overture," his far less well known but still infectious ballet "The Sanguine Fan," and his nearly unknown but still charming incidental music from "Grania and Diarmid," this disc has a distinct appeal for Elgar lovers who have already heard the "Pomp and Circumstance Marches" enough times. Chandos' early digital sound was clean but cool in its day, but sounds richer and warmer in this incarnation.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2004
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115669228
catalogNumber: 6692


  1. The Sanguine Fan, ballet, Op. 81
  2. Grania and Diarmid, incidental music, Op. 42
  3. Froissart, concert overture for orchestra, Op. 19
  4. Enigma Variations, for orchestra, Op. 36

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