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Elgar, Edward

There’s much more to Edward Elgar than graduation marches and the Enigma Variations. A composer of equally masterful symphonies, oratorios, chamber music, and concertos, he led a renaissance in 20th century England that firmly reestablished its musical identity.  Don’t miss the last installment of the week when Bill features the “English Rose”, Jacqueline Du Pre in her legendary performance of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Program 1

Elgar: Serenade for Strings (excerpt + complete)
English Chamber Orchestra/ Menuhin
Ara 6563

Elgar: Wand of Youth (excerpts)
London Phil/ Boult
EMI 69207
Elgar: Chantant (excerpt)
Pettinger, p
Chandos 8438
Elgar: “My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land”
Cambridge Singers/John Rutter
Collegium 505
Elgar: Salud d’amore
Kennedy, v.; Isserlis, vc.; Pettinger, p.
Chan 8380
Elgar: Froissart
BBC Symphony/ Davis
Warner Classics 4621992
Program 2

Elgar: Imperial March (excerpt)
Royal Phil/ Menuhin
Virg 61430

Elgar: Caractacus (excerpt)
LSO/Hickox; WilsonJohnson
Chan 9156

Elgar: Sea Pictures (excerpt)
LSO/ Barbirolli; Baker, ms.
EMI 47329

Elgar: Enigma Variations
Lon 417719
9:41, 28:50 


Program 3

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (excerpts)
LSO/Hickox; Davies, t
Chan 8641

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 2 & 1
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Menuhin
Virg 61430
3:46, 5:47

Elgar: Cockaigne Overture
Philharmonia Orchestra/ Barbirolli
EMI 724356632325

Elgar: In the South OvertureAlassio (excerpts)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Solti
Decca 443856
1:42, 1:30

Elgar: Smyrna
Golub, p.
Ara 6664
Program 4

Elgar: Prelude/“The Sun Goeth Down.”fr.The Kingdom
LPO/Boult, Y. Mynton
EMI 64209
01:13, 11:03

Elgar: Symphony No.1, I
Lon 443856
Elgar: Violin Concerto, I
LPO/Boult, Menuhin
BBC Legends 4170
Elgar: Elegy for Strings(excerpt)
Ara 6563
Program 5

Elgar: Symphony No. 2, II
Royal Phil/ Menuhin
Virgin 61430

Elgar: Falstaff (excerpt)
BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Davis
Warner Classics 4621992
Elgar: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, Op. 85
LSO/ Barbirolli; Du Pre, vc.
EMI 56219
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 (excerpt)
Royal Phil/ Menuhin
Virg 61430



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