Elgar: Cello Concerto; Enigma Variations; Pomp & Circumstance

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E. Elgar ~ Elgar: Cello Concerto: Enigma V

Du Pré's EMI recording of the concerto with Barbirolli is rightly treasured for its emotional power, but it's almost buttoned-down alongside this controversial live concert performance made five years later in Philadelphia. Here, she plays with extraordinary rhythmic freedom, pushing the emotional content of the score to its outer limits. This is one of those rare recordings in which you sense a spiritual merger between composer and performer, revealing inner meanings few can perceive from the notes on the page. Partnering this exciting performance is Barenboim's excellent reading of the Enigma Variations, one of the finest in the catalog. Tempos are spacious enough to allow for much telling detail, with enough forward thrust to keep the Elgarian juices flowing. Each variation is given its own character, and the whole is suffused with warmth and authority. --Dan Davis

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