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ELGAR, E.: Variations on an Original Theme / Cockaigne Overture / Froissart Overture (English Symphony, Boughton)

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ELGAR, E.: Variations on an Original Theme / Cockaigne Overture / Froissart Overture (English Symphony, Boughton)

Composer(s):Elgar, Edward
Artist(s) Boughton, William, Conductor • English Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue NI5206
Label Nimbus
Quality   320kbps
 
 
 

   




Review By Paul Corfield Godfrey,MusicWeb International,August 2012

There are basically two ways in which conductors may approach the Enigma Variations. Either they can take the music at its face value, treating the set of variations as a symphonically developed whole; or they can treat the work as a series of miniature character sketches of Elgar’s “friends pictured within”, highlighting the personalities of the miscellaneous collection of individuals involved. William Boughton in this reading opts for the second option, and the result bubbles with life.

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