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Composer(s):Delius, FrederickElgar, Edward
Artist(s) Leaper, Adrian, Conductor • Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.550229
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Classic CD,June 1990

A really fine acount of Elgar's Enigma Variations, fresly spontaneous throughout and played with reat affection. The orchestra obviously knows and enjoys the music: the very opening has a disarming simplicity and the lyrical variations are played with considerable warmth. "Nimrod" starts with a rapt, hushed pianissimo and moves steadily to a firm climax, to be followed by a most delicate portrayal of "Dorabella". The two Allegro di molto variations, "W.M.B." and "C.R.S.", are properly exuberant and Leaper's reading weaves its way through the score with an innate understanding of its overall structure and the Elgarian emotional ebb and flow. The two most famous Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Nos. 1 and 4, follow, played with considerable gusto and then comes the Salut d'amour, not in



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