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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
Hallé Orchestra
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

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 29 Jul 2019 12:00

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance March Op 39 No. 1 in D major

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE CDHLL7536.
    • HALLE.
    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cockaigne - In London Town

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • RCA Victor RD60073.
    • RCA Victor.
    • 3.
  • Edward Elgar

    Salut d'amour

    Performer: Sarah Chang. Performer: Sandra Rivers.
    • EMI CDC 077775435221.
    • EMI.
    • 6.
  • Edward Elgar

    O Happy Eyes

    Performer: Quink Vocal Ensemble.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95216BR.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
    • 1.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius - extract from 'The Angel and the Soul' to end

    Performer: Roderick Elms. Singer: Arthur Davies. Singer: Gwynne Howell. Singer: Felicity Palmer. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS CHAN86412.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.

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