Elgar: Enigma Variations, Pomp and Circumstance Marches; Crown of India Suite

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COMPOSERS: Elgar
LABELS: Sony Essential Classics
WORKS: Enigma Variations, Pomp and Circumstance Marches; Crown of India Suite
PERFORMER: London Philharmonic/Daniel Barenboim
CATALOGUE NO: SBK 48265 ADD (1974-76)
Excellent value and an interesting range of repertoire. In the Enigma Barenboim’s phrasing of the theme is self-indulgent, but the ensuing performance is vivid and compelling. The Marches have fast tempi and the sound lacks depth; only in No. 4 is the transition to the noble trio tune really convincing. The Crown of India, vintage Elgar which should be better known, is performed with panache and sensitivity. Terry Barfoot

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