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Donald Macleod recounts Elgar's early years and explores how the composer's childhood experiences never left him.

In his sixties, Elgar said: "I am still at heart the dreamy child who used to be found in the reeds by Severn side with a sheet of paper, trying to fix the sounds and longing for something very great." In this first programme, Donald Macleod recounts Elgar's early years, and explores how those childhood experiences never left him.

Elgar emerged onto the scene at a time when Britain was still described as 'a land without music'. He played a central role in reviving this country's musical reputation and his success won him fame, honours and a place at the heart of the cultural establishment. Nevertheless, he cast himself as an outsider throughout his long career.

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Mon 7 Sep 2015 18:30

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  • Edward Elgar

    4 Choral Songs Op.53 - no.1; There is sweet music

    Choir: Cambridge University Chamber Choir. Conductor: Christopher Robinson.
    • NAXOS : 8.-570541.
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    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Wand Of Youth - Suite No. 1 Op.1a

    Orchestra: English String Orchestra. Conductor: William Boughton.
    • Nimbus N11769.
    • Nimbus.
    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Music Makers Op.69

    Singer: Felicity Palmer. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • EMI : CDC-47674-2.
    • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    6 Very Easy Pieces In First Position Op.22 For Violin And Piano

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Performer: Peter Pettinger.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-8380.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 4.

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