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Composer of the Week

Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Hereford and the Malverns

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Today Donald Macelod explores Elgar's homes in the Malverns and Herefordshire in the middle of his life, from his mid-30s to his mid-50s. We hear his ‘Enigma’ Variations and movements from his Second Symphony and his String Quartet.

Worcester-born, with his roots in the beautiful English countryside around Hereford and the Malverns yet drawn to the bright lights of London, English composer Edward Elgar moved house a lot. He lived in over 25 residences in his lifetime, stayed with friends, travelled often for work and pleasure in the UK, Europe and further afield, and had a number of second homes he rented as retreats. This week we’re focusing on the locations that were important to Elgar, and the places that inspired his music.

Owls, an Epitaph Op 53 No 4 (Four Choral Songs)
London Symphony Chorus
Stephen Westrop, chorus master
Vernon Handley, conductor

Enigma Variations Op 36
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Symphony No 2 (3rd movt - Presto)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Georg Solti, conductor

String Quartet (2nd movt - Piacevole (poco andante)
Goldner String Quartet

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