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Gustav Holst: The Planets; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations



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It is striking that two of the true classics in English orchestral music were composed within the short space of some fifteen years around the turn of the previous century. Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations have charmed as well as fascinated listeners since the first performance in 1899. In 14 remarkably diverse variations Elgar demonstrates his compositional mastery while creating miniature portraits of his closest friends, as well as of his wife and himself. By turns gentle, idyllic, tempestuous and boisterous, the pieces – which often run seamlessly into each other – nevertheless make up a coherent whole, like a group portrait taken during a country weekend. In 1916 Gustav Holst completed another set of musical character sketches – his suite The Planets, in seven movements. These have little to do with astronomy and even less with the Roman deities whose names they carry. Holst was rather inspired by astrology and the suite actually concerns human character as influenced by the planets. Performing the programme in the warm acoustics of Bergen's Grieg Hall, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Andrew Litton give it their all in this sonic spectacular.
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Item number BIS2068
Barcode 7318599920689
Release date 02/08/2019
Category Ecopak
Label BIS Records
Media type SACD (Ecopak)
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Composers Holst, Gustav
Elgar, Edward
Conductors Litton, Andrew
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