Donald Macleod focuses on Elgar’s connection with London - the place where he married and had his child, and where they returned to years later to live in their grandest home.
Today, Donald Macleod focuses on Elgar’s connection with London - the place he travelled to in his twenties for the occasional violin lesson, the place he married his wife Alice and where his only child Carice was born, and the place they returned to many years later to live in their grandest residence 'Severn House', the first house they actually owned and the home where Alice later died.
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.
Pomp and Circumstance March Op 39 No 1 in D major
Mark Elder, conductor
Cockaigne (In London Town)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Salut d'amour, Op 12
Sarah Chang, violin
Sandra Rivers, piano
O Happy Eyes, Op 18 No 1
Quink Vocal Ensemble
The Dream of Gerontius Op 38 (part two –from ‘The Angel and the Soul’ to the end)
Arthur Davies, tenor (Gerontius)
Gwynne Howell, bass (The Priest & The Angel of the Agony)
Felicity Palmer, mezzo soprano (The Angel)
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Richard Hickox, conductor
Roderick Elms, organ
Produced by Amy Wheel for BBC Cymru Wales
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