Donald Macleod explores why, as he approached his 50th birthday, Elgar took up cycling and started work on a major new choral project.
As Elgar headed towards his 50th birthday, he took up cycling and started work on a major new choral project. Presented by Donald Macleod.
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.
Cockaigne (in London town), Op. 40
English Symphony Orchestra
William Boughton, conductor
The Apostles: (Excerpt from Part 2)
Rebecca Evans, soprano
Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano
Paul Groves, tenor
Jacques Imbrailo, baritone
David Kempster, baritone
Brindley Sherratt, bass
The Halle Orchestra, Choir and Youth Choir
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
In the South "Alassio"
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Richard Hickox, conductor
Love, Op18, No 2
The Finzi Singers
Paul Spicer, director.