Friday, December 09, 2011

Elgar: Enigma Variations, Serenade for Strings
Handley, London Philharmonic

Elgar's most-respected orchestral work, (let's just leave Pomp & Circumstance outside where it belongs) the Enigma Variations, has been successfully tricking generations of musicians into trying to figure out what the joke is.
Trick or not, this is a beautiful piece of music.
This recording is a little odd. The recording itself feels swallowed, as though the microphones were obscured behind a curtain while the orchestra played. I don't know if it's my pressing of the record, but I'm used to hearing more care and clarity put into a classical recording. I'm not sure what happened this time...

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