Elgar: Enigma Variations, In the South, Introduction & Allegro for strings

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Elgar, Edward : In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture, Op. 50
>Elgar, Edward : Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Authoritative performances of three Elgar works, including the rarely heard overture 'In the South' (Alassio) conducted by Yehudi Menuhin, who began his long association with the composer as a teenager, and the Enigma Variations in a performance by the London Symphony Orchestra in which "all our old friends are paraded before us in their finery, for this orchestra knows them as well as any" (Gramophone).

”The solo work is stylish and touching. The string ensemble has a traditionally euphonious English tone, with thrilling tuttis. Wordsworth’s direction is patient, but with no lack of vitality. The drama of the piece builds up steadily, almost effortlessly. This is a great recording. It rounds out a most appealing Elgar Collection, which also includes excellent, revealing program notes. Highly recommended.”-Fanfare



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Elgar, Edward : In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904

>Elgar, Edward : Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1905.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905