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The London Symphony Orchestra is a world leader in works by Elgar, and conductor Sir Colin Davis has shown ample affection for the English composer in his own discography. So this live recording of the Enigma Variations, Introduction, and Allegro for Strings has some high expectations to meet. Unusually, the crew here opt to keep their performance of the Enigma frequently low-key; the interpretive choice works wonderfully as an elegant counterpoise to more obvious (and strenuous) methods of attack.

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LSO on fire!!

The LSO never fail to please - fantastic playing!!!!!

The L.S.O. at it's very best!

A totally wonderful rendition of a timeless classic. More of this please!

Patriotism or companionship?

The Enigma Variations are my favourite classical work, as a whole, and that Nimrod has to be the most passionate piece of music ever. And the work's are about people who Elgar knew which makes it interesting as a portrait of his community. But why is variation number nine named differently? That's the enigma. To make this album even better; the LSO are my favourite orchestra. This work is excellently performed and recorded.


Formed: 1904

Genre: Classical

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Formed in 1904 by a group of 46 musicians who had resigned from London's Queen's Hall Orchestra because of change in policy, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is an ensemble of "firsts." It was the first orchestra in England to set up a self-governing administrative structure, the first to tour North America, and the first to accept commercial sponsorship. Known as one of England's most gifted and versatile ensembles, it is the resident orchestra at London's famous Barbican Centre. This and the...
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Elgar: Enigma Variations, Introduction & Allegro, London Symphony Orchestra
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 05 June 2007

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