Stephen Johnson and Donald Macleod explore the Midlands landscapes that inspired Elgar's music, paying a visit to the city of Worcester.
Stephen Johnson and Donald Macleod explore the landscapes of Herefordshire and Worcestershire that inspired much of Elgar's music.
They focus on the composer's relationship with the city of Worcester, including the cottage in which he was born, in the nearby village of Broadheath, the former county lunatic asylum where he gained his first conducting job and the city's magnificent cathedral, where Elgar is commemorated through a stained glass window celebrating his oratorio The Dream of Gerontius.
Pomp and Circumstance March No 2
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Alexander Gibson (conductor)
Chandos 241-4, CD1 Tr 17
Fairy Pipers; Slumber Scene; Fairies and Giants (The Wand of Youth Suite No 1)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vernon Handley (conductor)
EMI Eminence CD-EMX 2148, Trs 9-11
Presto (Organ Sonata No 1)
Christopher Herrick (organ)
Hyperion CDA 66778, Tr 5
The Valentine (Five Lancers)
Barry Collett (conductor)
British Music Label 028, Tr 29
Chorus (Praise to the Holiest) (The Dream of Gerontius, Part 2)
The Angel of the Agony ...... Gwynne Howell (bass)
The Angel ...... Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano)
Roderick Elms (organ)
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox (conductor)
Chandos 8641/3 CD1, Tr 18.