Elgar - Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade for Strings | Onyx ONYX4205

Elgar - Enigma Variations, In the South, Serenade for Strings

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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4205

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th March 2019

Contents

Artists

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko

Works

Elgar, Edward

Enigma Variations, op.36
In the South (Alassio), op.50
Serenade for Strings in E minor, op.20

Artists

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vasily Petrenko

About

The third Elgar album from Vasily Petrenko and the RLPO, a critically acclaimed team of Elgarians, brings together three masterpieces: In the South, a vibrant and colourful depiction of the Southern Italian coast, the Serenade for String Orchestra, and the Variations on an original theme, known as the Enigma Variations. Elgar’s breakthrough masterpiece was conceived in 1898 during a moment of dispirited idleness. He had come home exhausted from a day of violin teaching and was absent-mindedly extemporising at the piano when his wife, Alice, called out: ‘Edward, that’s a good tune.’ What Elgar’s fingers had stumbled upon were in fact hints or fragments of a melody, each starting after the first beat of the bar – ideal for variation treatment. Now contemplating that theme, Elgar began to imagine how certain friends of his might play it or make it their own ....

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