Elgar: Enigma Variations / Peacock Variations / Paganini Variations
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Sir Georg Solti, despite being Hungarian, could compete with any Englishman conducting English music. He has a certain style with Elgar that is unique - muscular and dramatic yet very crisp. This recording is no exception of that. The CD as a whole seems to have a sort of international theme about it, and Solti's interpretation of Enigma seems to have an international feel as well. Of course, this is what happens when you have a Hungarian conducting English music played by an Austrian orchestra. Again, quite unique sounding.
There were only a couple things that troubled me. I don't think I need to discuss them thoroughly. There were some interpretation issues that I didn't quite agree with. Also, the Vienna Philharmonic didn't seem too comfortable with Solti's style, or at least they weren't quite used to it (they are very together in Gardiner's studio performance from a couple years later). As a result there are some ensemble issues and resulting dynamic problems. All of this is probably due to the fact that the performances were recorded live. A studio performance I'm sure would have made a big difference. Solti made one with Chicago earlier in his career, but from what I've heard and from what other reviewers are saying, it still isn't as good as this one. One might imagine what a Solti/London Philharmonic Enigma would sound like. He did all of his other Elgar recordings with them, and they are more experienced with the music.
Everything else I appreciate immensely. The sound is spectacular, just what one would expect from London/Decca.Read more ›
Although my intentions were quite overt, I needed the Enigma Variations but have been most satisfied with the combination of these composers on the same CD.
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This outstanding 1997 disc featuring Georg Solti and the Vienna Philharmonic contains three variation sets, Edward Elgar's very famous Enigma Variations and two by Zoltan Kodaly... Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by jt52
The Hungarian-British Georg Solti was one of the prominent conductors in the twentieth century. In 1971 Sir Solti was awarded Honorary Order of the British Empire. Read morePublished on April 19, 2008 by Mr Bassil A MARDELLI
Solti may not be the first conductor one thinks of when Elgar is played, and the Vienna Philharmonic may not be the first orchestra that comes to mind for the Enigma Variations. Read morePublished on July 10, 2003 by Greensleeves