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Donald Macleod explores Elgar's travels abroad, and we hear music inspired by visits to Paris, the Bavarian Highlands and Italy. We also learn about his mysterious Amazon cruise.

Elgar’s well known for his association with English landscapes, but he also travelled abroad often, and was inspired by his visits to many locations whilst holidaying, or conducting. In today's programme Donald Macleod explores Elgar's travels abroad, and we hear music inspired by a wild trip to Paris, his love of the Bavarian Highlands and a villa stay in Italy. We also learn of his mysterious cruise up the Amazon.

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.

In Smyrna
Stephen Hough, piano

Paris – Five Quadrilles
Innovation Chamber Ensemble
Barry Collett, conductor

From the Bavarian Highlands Op 27 -
No. 3. Lullaby [In Hammersbach]
No. 4. Aspiration [Bei Sankt Anton]
No. 5. On the Alm [Hoch Alp]
No. 6. The Marksmen [Bei Murnau]
Worcester Cathedral Choir
Christopher Robinson, conductor
Frank Wibaut, piano

In the South (Alassio)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Produced by Amy Wheel for BBC Cymru Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    In Smyrna

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67267.
    • HYPERION.
    • 9.
  • Edward Elgar

    Five Quadrilles

    Ensemble: Innovation Chamber Ensemble. Conductor: Barry Collett.
    • SOMM SOMMCD252.
    • SOMM.
    • 28.
  • Edward Elgar

    From the Bavarian Highlands Op 27

    Performer: Frank Wibaut. Choir: Worcester Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Christopher Robinson.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-6601.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • Edward Elgar

    In the South - Alassio Op 50

    Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Hyperion : CDA68101.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.

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