As Principal Conductor from 1967-1979, Bernard Haitink presided over some of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s most memorable and exciting years. Live accounts of great British music by Elgar and Britten from the late 1970s and early 1980s capture the animation of this special relationship – one of the greatest in London’s musical history.
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Elgar Enigma Variations, No 14 'Troyte' (1.14MB MP3 file)
EDWARD ELGAR Introduction and Allegro for string quartet and string orchestra, Op.47
BENJAMIN BRITTEN Our Hunting Fathers, Op.8 Words by W.H. Auden
EDWARD ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme, ‘Enigma’ for orchestra, Op.36
BERNARD HAITINK conductor HEATHER HARPER soprano LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA David Nolan leader
Quartet in Introduction and Allegro: David Nolan violin Dermot Crehan violin Rusen Günes viola Mark Jackson cello
Introduction and Allegro recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 27 November 1984. Our Hunting Fathers recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 14 August 1979. Enigma Variations recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall on 28 August 1986. Released by arrangement with BBC Music Recorded by BBC Radio 3.
Publisher Benjamin Britten, Our Hunting Fathers: Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd.
Total playing time 75:18
The London Philharmonic Orchestra wishes to thank Laurie Watt for facilitating the release of this recording.