Elgar: Symphony No. 2 & Enigma Variations

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Elgar: Symphony No. 2 & Enigma Variations

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7th Feb 2011




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Elgar: Symphony No. 2 & Enigma Variations


Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 63

Royal Festival Hall, London, 13 February 1975

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Royal Festival Hall, London, 25 September 1979

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Solti recorded Elgar’s Symphony No.2 (along with the Cockaigne Overture) on audio around the same time as the Royal Festival Hall performance, to great acclaim. Solti’s recordings were always the recommended version of each work he performed – he had a deep understanding of the repertoire.

This DVD is the first audiovisual recording to feature Solti performing Elgar 2, and has never been released before.

The Second Symphony is also a record of the first concert Solti conducted as the London Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor in 1975.

James Mallinson, one of Solti’s record producers, commented that his audio recordings of the two Elgar symphonies are probably two of his finest recordings due to his open and fresh approach.

Solti’s quote at the time of broadcasting the Enigma Variations: “I love Elgar, and for me the Enigma Variations is his masterpiece.”


Sound format: LCPM mono

Picture format: 4:3

Running time: 84’

Subtitles: n/a

Menu languages: English

Booklet languages: E/F/G

Region code: 0

Territory Restrictions: None

Gramophone Magazine

August 2011

“It is, quite simply, a codument to treasure, with the LPO...galvanised to thrilling effect by Solti's prodigiously energetic presence on the podium...Both the picture quality and full-blooded (mono) sound are perfectly acceptable...The direction, too, is mercifully undistracting throughout. Most rewarding - and a genuine tonic to boot.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2011


“A highlight of the new ICA Classics Legacy series, Solti's LPO Elgar remains fresh, the passionate vigour of his Second Symphony balanced by one of the most loving Enigma Variations on disc.”

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