Elgar masterpieces in rushed performances
email@example.com | Richfield, MN | 04/30/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Hurst's recording of the First Elgar Symphony is one of the glories of the Naxos catalog-warmly expressive, full-bodied and glorious. His Enigma, though, seems rushed and in a hurry. There seems to be no feeling of noblimente which is such a part of Elgar's style. The same goes for "In the South"-there is a tendency again to play too fast and there is something lost in atmosphere. The sound quality, though is good, although, some detail is lost. The orchestra is very good."
David Dennis | San Mateo, CA | 09/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"George Hurst and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra turn in an exceptionally energetic and balanced performance of the Enigma Variations, the equal of any other on disk and better than quite a few (e.g. Jochum, Stokowski, Mackerras). This reading is simultaneously lively, when called for, and subtle, when needed. On top of all this, the sonics are excellent.That being said, those who are restricted in their perception of a 'proper' Engima Variations as being stodgy, slow, and moldy probably won't like these renditions. Those who think Fabio Biondi's take on Vivaldi is refreshing, or who enjoy the sensation of a truly live performance, will like this CD. Those who prefer their classical to be compressed and easy-listening wallpaper, will not.Rated 3 stars (out of 3) by the Penguin Guide, this is an excellent additional interpretation for those who already own a copy of the Enigma Varations. And, for those looking for a first time experience of these famous Elgar works, this CD can be highly recommended, especially at this price."