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Hereford and the Malverns

Donald Macleod explores Elgar's homes in the Malverns and Herefordshire, and we hear his 'Enigma' Variations and movements from his Second Symphony and String Quartet.

Today Donald Macelod explores Elgar's homes in the Malverns and Herefordshire in the middle of his life, from his mid-thirties to his mid-fifties. We hear his Enigma Variations and movements from his Second Symphony and his String Quartet.

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.

Owls, an Epitaph Op 53 No 4 (Four Choral Songs)
London Symphony Chorus
Stephen Westrop, chorus master
Vernon Handley, conductor

Enigma Variations Op 36
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Symphony No 2 (3rd movt - Presto)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Georg Solti, conductor

String Quartet (2nd movt - Piacevole (poco andante)
Goldner String Quartet

Produced by Amy Wheel for BBC Cymru Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Four Choral Songs - No. 4 Owls,an Epitaph

    Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Stephen Westrop. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Hyperion CDA67019.
    • Hyperion.
    • 18.
  • Edward Elgar

    Enigma Variations Op 36

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • ONYX ONYX4205.
    • ONYX.
    • 5.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No. 2 - 3rd mvt - presto

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA 4438562.
    • DECCA.
    • 9.
  • Edward Elgar

    String Quartet - 2nd mvt Piacevole (poco andante)

    Ensemble: Goldner String Quartet.
    • Hyperion : CDA-67857.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.

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