Friday, December 09, 2011
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Serenade for Strings
Handley, London Philharmonic (Vinyl)
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...
Posted by T. at 3:46 PM