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Elgar' piano works have been overshadowed by the large-scale works for which he is best known today. This recording combines the ever-popular Engima Variations, heard in the composer' own transcription, with several occasional pieces of a romantic or

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Elgar's piano music is far more modest in scope and intent. Indeed, much of what Ashley Wass offers on his new Naxos disc qualifies as salon music. But it's lovely, charming stuff, and Mr. Wass' generous rubato sounds just right -- Dallas Morning News, Saturday, July 14th, 2007

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listen  1. Sonatina in G major: I. Andantino 2:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Sonatina in G major: II. Allegro 1:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Enfants d'un reve (Dream Children), Op. 43: I. Andantino 2:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Enfants d'un reve (Dream Children), Op. 43: II. Allegretto piacevole 3:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 3 Pieces, Op. 4: 3 Pieces, Op. 4: No. 1. Idylle 4:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Carissima 4:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. May Song 4:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Douce pensee, "Rosemary" 2:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81: The Sanguine Fan, Op. 81: No. 7: Allegro, "Echo's Dance" (piano adaptation) 2:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. 3 Characteristic Pieces, Op. 10 (arr. for piano): 3 Characteristic Pieces, Op. 10: No. 2. Serenade mauresque (arr. piano) 6:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Theme 1:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 1: C. A. E. (The Composer's Wife) 2:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 2: H. D. S-P. (Hew David Steuart-Powell)0:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 3: R. B. T. (Richard Baxter Townshend) 1:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 4: W. M. B. (William Meath Baker)0:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 5: R. P. A. (Richard Penrose Arnold) 2:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 6: Ysobel (Isabel Fitton) 1:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 7: Troyte (Troyte Griffith) 1:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 8: W. N. (Winifred Norbury) 1:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 9: Nimrod (A. J. Jaeger) 3:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 10: Intermezzo: Dorabella (Dora Penny) 3:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 11: G. R. S. (George Robertson Sinclair)0:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 12: B. G. N. (Basil G. Nevinson) 3:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 13: Romanza: *** (Lady Mary Lygon) 2:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma" (version for piano): Var. 14: Finale: E. D. U. (The Composer) 6:05$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000H4VZDK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hexameron on April 20, 2007
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Like many a composer, Edward Elgar has his popular works that are almost always exclusively recorded. Pomp and Circumstance and the Enigma Variations tend to be the usual pair. However, Elgar's own piano arrangement of these Variations is somewhat rare, and in my humble opinion, I believe the piano arrangement is slightly superior to the orchestral version so many are used to. In addition to this piano arrangement, this recording also features some of Elgar's original piano miniatures or transcriptions of lesser-known compositions. Unfortunately, they barely glimmer at all next to the mighty Helios, the powerfully radiant Enigma Variations. Overall, Ashley Wass, esteemed in my view for his Bax and Franck interpretations, brings a level of emotional concentration and technical finesse to all of these works.

Although the puzzling initials of each variation have been solved, the "enigmatic" theme and the character of the Enigma Variations are wholly mysterious. Of all the Elgar music I've heard, I believe the main theme of this work is his finest creation. Distinguished for its haunting beauty and simplicity, this theme is the most memorable and pleasing theme from any of the music on this recording. Elgar's variation after his wife's initials is surely the most profound and passionate of them all. The orchestral version hints at tenderness and warmth, but in the dynamic depths of the piano, Wass conjures the utmost sorrow from the piano's registers. After this, the continuously original and contrasting variations speak for themselves. The fourth, seventh and eleventh variations erupt with volcanic energy through Wass's virtuosity. The ninth variation, known as "Nimrod," emits a magisterial air and glorious virility; Wass's muscular delivery towards the end is highly satisfying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Biblibio VINE VOICE on April 10, 2007
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Elgar isn't known for the piano. He's known for his great, huge works, like Pomp and Circumstance, his concertos, or other symphonic pieces. It's almost difficult to envision this great man writing... for the piano... and possibly struggling?

I almost expected Elgar's works to be huge pieces - in all honesty, pieces like his orchestral works. I was very wrong, and pleasantly surprised. The music is sweet and pleasant. It's not difficult to absorb, but listening to it gave me a nice feeling, like, "Oh, that was lovely!". His other larger works can be called "better", but really, they're just "different". Here's they're sweet little pieces that are just pleasant and lovely to listen to.

The nicest pieces are "Douce Pensee (Rosemary)", "Echo's Dance", and the finale from the Enigma Variations. It's all lovely, though some parts are more substantial and complex. I listened to it and felt happy. It's not spectacular, but it's pleasant, enjoyable, and an excellent deal. It was worth it, buying this disc. Recommended.
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By Toshi Tokyo on December 26, 2013
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Enigma Variations on a transcription of the composer himself is a masterpiece!

I was impressed also interpretation of this pianist.

Excellent CD.
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