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Vasily Petrenko
ELGAR Enigma Variations

EDWARD ELGAR (1857–1934)

1. Concert Overture – In the South (Alassio) op.50 23.58

Serenade for String Orchestra op.20
2. I Allegro piacevole 3.18 
3. II Larghetto 6.16 
4. III Allegretto 2.45

Variations on an Original Theme op.36 ‘Enigma’
5. Theme: Andante 1.21 
6. Var. I (C.A.E.) L’istesso tempo 1.55
7. Var. II (H.D.S-P.) Allegro 0.45 
8. Var. III (R.B.T.) Allegretto 1.21
9. Var. IV (W.M.B.) Allegro di molto 0.28 
10. Var. V (R.P.A.) Moderato 2.18
11. Var. VI (Ysobel) Andantino 1.18 
12. Var. VII (Troyte) Presto 0.54
13. Var. VIII (W.N.) Allegretto 1.58 
14. Var. IX (Nimrod) Adagio 3.26
15. Var. X (Dorabella) Intermezzo: Allegretto 2.27
16. Var. XI (G.R.S.) Allegro di molto 0.58 
17. Var. XII (B.G.N.) Andante 2.40
18. Var. XIII (***) Romanza: Moderato 2.55
19. Var. XIV (E.D.U.) – Finale: Allegro Presto 5.19

Catalogue No: ONYX4205

Elgar’s breakthrough masterpiece, the Enigma Variations, was conceived in
1898 during a moment of dispirited idleness. He had come home exhausted
from a day of violin teaching and was w 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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1
Elgar, Edward
Concert Overture - In The South (Alassio) Op. 50
23:58
2
Elgar, Edward
Serenade For String Orchestra Op. 20: I. Allegro Piacevole
03:19
3
Elgar, Edward
Serenade For String Orchestra Op. 20: II. Larghetto
6:16
4
Elgar, Edward
Serenade For String Orchestra Op. 20: III. Allegretto
02:46
5
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme, Op. 36, Enigma: Theme Andante
01:22
6
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation I. L'istesso Tempo "C.A.E."
01.55
7
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation II. Allegro "H.D.S-P."
00:45
8
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation III. Allegretto
01:22
9
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme, Op. 36 Enigma: Variation IV. Allegro Di Molto "W.M.B."
00:28
10
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation V. Moderato "R.P.A."
02:19
11
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation VI. Andantino "Ysobel"
01:18
12
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation VII. Presto "Troyte"
00:55
13
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation VIII. Allegretto "W.N."
01:59
14
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation IX. Adagio "Nimrod"
03:26
15
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation X. Intermezzo: Allegretto "Dorabella"
02:27
16
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation XI. Allegro Di Molto "G.R.S."
00:59
17
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation XII. Andante "B.G.N."
02:40
18
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation Xiii. Romanza: Moderato "* * *"
02:56
19
Elgar, Edward
Variations On An Original Theme, Op. 36 'Enigma': Variation XIV. Finale: Allegro Presto "E.D.U."
05:19

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