Elgarís Enigma Variations
BBC Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Davis
OPUS ARTE OA0917 D
This originated as a BBC programme but has rightly reached DVD. Andrew Davis is a committed Elgarian and understands not only the history of the work but the music itself, bringing insight and a touching romanticism to his interpretation. We are shown the photos of the various Friends portrayed within and, in a separate programme, the background to Elgarís relationship to each of them. Thankfully the music is kept separate from the explanations so one can simply listen either before or after taking in the background.