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Elgar: Enigma Variations; In the South 'Alassio' / Martin Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Audio Samples

  1. Elgar — In the South, "Alassio", Op. 50
  2. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: I. Enigma (Andante) $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: III. Variation 2, H.D.S.-P. (Allegro) $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: IV. Variation 3, R.B.T. (Allegretto) $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: V. Variation 4, W.M.B. (Allegro di molto) $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: VI. Variation 5, R.P.A. (Moderato) $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: VII. Variation 6, Ysobel (Andantino) $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: VIII. Variation 7, Troyte (Presto) $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: IX. Variation 8, W.N. (Allegretto) $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: X. Variation 9, Nimrod (Adagio) $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: XI. Variation 10, Dorabella (Intermezzo: Allegretto) $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: XII. Variation 11, G.R.S. (Allegro di molto) $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: XIII. Variation 12, B.G.N. (Andante) $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: XIV. Variation 13, *** Romanza (Moderato) $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Elgar — Variations for Orchestra, "Enigma", Op. 36: XV. Variation 14, E.D.U. Finale (Allegro – Presto) $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Elgar — Carillon, Op. 75 $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Elgar — Une voix dans le désert, Op. 77
  18. Elgar — Le drapeau belge, Op. 79 $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Elgar — Pleading, Op. 48 $1.29 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Elgar, Edward : In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture, Op. 50
>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
>Elgar, Edward : Carillon, Op. 75
>Elgar, Edward : Une voix dans le désert, for reciter & orchestra, Op. 77
>Elgar, Edward : Le drapeau belge, for reciter & orchestra, Op. 79
>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
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Notes & Reviews:

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins perform the Enigma Variations and In The South, two much-loved orchestral favorites that represent the summit of Elgar's maturity. They are coupled with three of his lesser-known wartime works, receiving their first recordings with the original French texts. British soprano Kate Royal is the soloist in "Une voix dans le dsert," a hauntingly tender masterpiece that every Elgarian should know.

Sunday Times, 30th October 2016
Both [In the South and the Enigma Variations] are well known and given impressively emotional and dramatic performances by Brabbins...The entire disc is a collector's item.

The Guardian, 3rd November 2016
Fine, firmly unsentimental, bracingly muscular performances.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2016
Exceptional Elgar. 'Nimrod' has the grandeur of a Bruckner slow movement.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2016
Brabbins masterminds an expansive, ideally flexible and notably unflustered reading of Elgar's In the South, one which quarries this evocative score's plentiful reserves of noble grandeur, pantheistic wonder and vulnerability... [he] proves a comparably unhurried, affectionate and cannily observant guide through Enigma, the friends pictured within springing to life with unforced naturalness... an enjoyable and stimulating anthology that Elgarians everywhere should try and hear.

MusicWeb International, 1st December 2016
Splendidly performed and recorded versions of Enigma and In the South, plus some fascinating rarities.



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Works Details

>Elgar, Edward : In the South (Alassio), Concert Overture, Op. 50
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1904

>Elgar, Edward : Enigma Variations
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Elgar, Edward : Carillon, Op. 75
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Elgar, Edward : Une voix dans le désert, for reciter & orchestra, Op. 77
  • Performer: Kate Royal (Voice)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Elgar, Edward : Le drapeau belge, for reciter & orchestra, Op. 79
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Elgar, Edward : Pleading, Op. 48
  • Performer: Yann Ghiro (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908