|Edward William Elgar|
Enigma Variations, Op. 36
In the South (Alassio), Op. 50
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
The Philharmonia Orchestra is widely recognised as the UK’s finest orchestra with an impressive recording legacy, this being their fifth disc with Signum. This disc combines the Philharmonia’s renowned sound with the leadership of Maestro Davis, who’s recording and performing career spans through all the great orchestras of the world.
This disc features Elgar’s best known orchestral works; The Enigma Variations depict twelve of Elgar’s family and friends in fourteen variations built on the original Enigma theme, one of Elgar’s earliest and still most frequently played orchestral works, Serenade for Strings, and In the South, Elgar’s Concert Overture written for the Elgar festival in 1904.
A reading clearly born of true affection for, and deep knowledge of this rich and ever-wonderful score… any Elgarian seeking these three pieces together will not remotely be disappointed – International Record Review
Three fine interpretations, that also has the excitement of public performance, by a conductor who loves this repertoire and knows it like the back of his hand – BBC Music Magazine
A highly impressive recording – Classic FM Magazine