ELGAR, E.: Enigma Variations (BBC Symphony, Bernstein)

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Elgar, Edward - Composer
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, "Enigma"

Venue: Royal Festival Hall, London
Playing Time: 01:04:27
Catalogue Number: ICAD5098
UPC: 5060244550988

Bernstein's only engagement with the BBC Symphony Orchestra took place in April 1982. Although Bernstein and the orchestra got off to a rocky start, the partnership resulted in perhaps the most controversial and infamous and perhaps the most beautifully intense interpretation of Elgar's Enigma Variations. Most famously, under Bernstein's baton, 'Nimrod' (Variation IX) lasts five minutes and fifteen seconds – nearly twice as long as most versions.

Bonus features:

The video also contains the rehearsal of the Enigma Variations at the BBC Studios, and an interview with Leonard Bernstein by Barry Norman about the themes relating to the variations.

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