Elgar - Elgar's Enigma / Enigma Variations, Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra

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A Hidden Portrait and a complete performance of the Enigma Variations. In an acclaimed BBC drama-documentary filmed in the rolling Malvern Hills, Sir Andrew Davis unravels the mystery of the famous musical puzzle contained in Elgar's seminal work. A landmark performance of the complete work by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis given in the cathedral in Elgar's home town of Worcester, is recorded in beautiful 5.1 surround sound. ‘A masterpiece in every way.’ Sir Andrew Davis

Works
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Press Reviews
"Sir Andrew Davis's fine performance of the Enigma Variations, with Nimrod hushed, slow and steady, was recorded in the atmospheric surroundings of Worcester Cathedral, where Elgar said everyone should hear his music. Davis introduces a highly enjoyable documentary about the work and 'the friends pictured within'. In the documentary he suggests that each variation, as well as reflecting the character of a particular friend, reveals much about Elgar himself, 'like an actor playing many roles'." (The Penguin Guide)

"Andrew Davis presents the documentary in an engaging style, giving an overview of the variations, as well as homing in on several of them. …there's a lot of information presented in an unassuming way, and, for anyone coming to this masterpiece for the first time, it's a good way. " (BBC Music Magazine ???)

"Sir Andrew Davis's warmly committed performance of the Enigma Variations, atmospherically recorded in Worcester Cathedral, introduces a highly enjoyable documentary about the work and the 'friends pictured within'" (Gramophone)


BBC Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis

Production
Company: BBC Worldwide

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA0917D
Date of Performance: 2004
Running Time: 85 minutes
Sound: DTS Surround; LPCM Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: FR, DE, ES, IT
Label: Opus Arte

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