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Planets / Enigma Variations Import

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 17 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002S4Z
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1. The Planets, Op. 32: Mars, Bringer Of War
2. The Planets, Op. 32: Venus, Bringer Of Peace
3. The Planets, Op. 32: Mercury, The Winged Messenger
4. The Planets, Op. 32: Jupiter, Bringer Of Jollity
5. The Planets, Op. 32: Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age
6. The Planets, Op. 32: Uranus, The Magician
7. The Planets, Op. 32: Neptune, The Mystic
8. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: Theme (Andante)
9. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: C. A. E.
10. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: H. D. S-P.
11. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: R. B. T.
12. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: W. M. B.
13. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: R. P. A.
14. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: Ysobel
15. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: Troyte
16. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: W. N.
17. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: Nimrod
18. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: Intermezzo: Dorabella
19. Enigma Variations, Op. 36: G. R. S.
20. Enigma Variations: B. G. N.
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Sir Adrian Boult was a close friend of Elgar, and he conducted the world premiere of The Planets as long ago as 1915. His remake of the Holst dates from some 60 years later! It's an amazing achievement for a man pushing 90, and his authority in the music remains unquestioned. The same holds true for the Enigma Variations, a piece that Boult probably conducted about a billion times. It's an idiomatic, affecting performance, though neither the Elgar nor the Holst will win any awards for orchestral precision. That wasn't Boult's way. Rather, he offers an unassuming warmth and naturalness, combined with a really good sense of when to ram home the climaxes. At midprice, this is a recommended coupling. --David Hurwitz

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9c6687f8) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4cbaec) out of 5 stars Best recording of the Planets; Enigma is a great piece too April 28 2000
By davek89 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I originally purchased this solely because of its reputation as being the best recording of The Planets to date and overlooked the Enigma Variations as a cute tack-on.
After I listened once through and became completely impressed with Boult's style and the orchestra's definitive performace of The Planets, I began to like Enigma. And with each passing listen to Enigma, I began to like it even more. It certainly is a different type of composition than the Planets; most tracks are minute-long shorties when compared to the epic-length of The Planets. W.M.B. and Ysobel are extremely energetic pieces with the Elgar theme interwoven between them.
Highlight tracks of The Planets in personal preference are:
1. Mars (of course) 2. Jupiter (the "slow" performance is unique) 3. Uranus (stop laughing)
All in all, the combination of Boult, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Enigma make a great CD. Don't pass off Enigma as filler; listen to it objectively and I'm sure you will like it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc606cc) out of 5 stars An excellent recording of both works Jan. 23 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Boult's performances of both the Holst and the Elgar are excellent and stand amongst the most satisfying readings of two of the most popular orchestral showpieces to come from Britain. The Planets is wonderfully played throughout, especially in the ending of Mars, and the London Philharmonic's brass makes Jupiter into an incredible listening experiences. The Enigma Variations is beautifully performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, and Boult's reading is definitive, with an incredibly moving account of Nimrod as its center piece. With two such excellent readings on one CD, I highly recommend this for anyone interested in either work.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d0a2d38) out of 5 stars authentic versions of two English classics Jan. 10 2001
By hillbank68 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In Britain, Boult more than any other is the conductor associated with English music. He conducted the first (private) performance of 'The Planets' way back around 1918 and recorded it 5 times, I think. This is the equal best version, with his BBC Symphony version of 1944, and of course this one has sound of incomparably better quality than the old one. Both here and in 'Enigma' the music comes across, not just as clever, or original, or lively or colourful, but great. Partly, in 'Enigma' at least, that is because Boult sees the thing whole, not just a series of short pieces, and there is a very real sense of structure and forward movement. But every movement is characterised and satisfying within the whole. In the Holst, 'Mars' is massive, bestial and frightening, 'Venus' serene and incredibly beautiful (lovely orchestral phrasing here), 'Jupiter' exultant and noble, and so on. The heart of 'Enigma' is 'Nimrod', given a very powerful and moving performance because Boult allows the strings, especially the lower ones, to build the intesity in a way that really tells, so that the big brass don't create the climax, they crown what is already almost happening. In a much recorded work (I have 23 versions), very few conductors do this. Anyway, here are two scores in which the conductor's sixty year and more involvement really tells. They are profoundly satisfying, and the sound is very good.
HASH(0x9cca1444) out of 5 stars excellent recording but I made the mistake of ordering a ... Feb. 23 2016
By tapehead/2 - Published on
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excellent recording but I made the mistake of ordering a used CD, and it had a few scratches and skipped in a few places. So I bought a new replacement for it. This is an excellent compilation, and I like that they put Elgar ahead of Holst in this CD. A must have!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f7c8834) out of 5 stars Great English classics Sept. 28 2006
By Newton Ooi - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Two of the most famous pieces of English classical music from the past 150 years are the Enigma Variations by Elgar and The Planets by Gustav Holst. Both sets of pieces are evocative, dramatic and wonderful; and fit within the Romantic tradition of classical music that has worked its way westward thru Europe from the early 1800s. Like previous works of Romantic classical music, each piece evokes an image, or scene. The Planets, of course, remind the listener of different planets, though from a Greek mythology point of view. The Enigma Variations embody different themes from the life of Edward Elgar himself.

This CD contains both sets of music, and is performed by Sir Adrian Boult, supposedly the first one to ever perform some of the pieces. The performance is flawless, the sound quality is great, and the music is beautiful. I highly recommend this CD.

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