Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)



3/5. Donald Macleod discovers how two world wars affected the life and work of Elgar.

The Spirit of England

Felicity Lott (soprano)

London Symphony Chorus

Northern Sinfonia

Richard Hickox (conductor)

Cello Concerto

Pierre Fournier (cello)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Alfred Wallenstein (conductor)


Elgar was famously attached to the English countryside. Donald Macleod uncovers stories and music from Elgar in his natural habitat - the idyllic English landscape.

Salut d'amour

Kyung Wha Chung (violin)

Phillip Moll (piano)

Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup

Athena Ensemble


London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

Serenade for Strings

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields

Sir Neville Marriner (conductor)

Introduction and Allegro for Strings

Emanuel Hurwitz, Jos退 Luis Garcia (violin)

Cecil Aronowitz (viola)

Bernard Richards (cello)

English Chamber Orchestra

Benjamin Britten (conductor).

Emanuel Hurwitz, Jos退 Luis Garcia (violin)


Elgar had something of a love/hate relationship with city life. However much he disliked being away from his beloved Worcestershire, he wanted more than anything to be successful - and that meant London was the place to be. Donald Macleod presents.


London Symphony Orchestra

Andr退 Previn (conductor)

Falstaff (extract)

Jeffrey Tate (conductor)

The Sanguine Fan

London Philharmonic

Bryden Thomson (conductor).

Andr退 Previn (conductor)


Elgar could be a prickly character, but there were two people who he trusted absolutely. One was his wife, Alice, and the other his friend August Jaeger. Donald Macleod investigates the important relationships in Elgar's life.

O Happy Eyes

Philharmonic Chamber Choir

David Temple (conductor)

Sea Pictures

Della Jones (mezzo)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

The Sign of the Healing from The Kingdom

The Blessed Virgin....Margaret Price

Yvonne Minton (contralto)

St John....Alexander Young

St Peter....John Shirley-Quirk

London Philharmonic Choir

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)


English Chamber Orchestra

Sir Yehudi Menuhin (conductor).

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Elgar came from relatively humble beginnings - his father was a piano tuner and shopkeeper. But it wasn't long before he became a famous establishment figure, regularly rubbing shoulders with royalty. Donald Macleod charts the rise of this most English of composers.

The Wagon (Passes) from Nursery Suite

Ulster Orchestra

Bryden Thomson (conductor)

March of the Mogul Emperors from Crown of India

Scottish National Orchestra

Sir Alexander Gibson (conductor)

Coronation Ode

Teresa Cahill (soprano)

Anne Collins (contralto)

Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (tenor)

Gwynne Howell (bass)

Scottish National Orchestra Chorus

Triumphal March from Caractacus

London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Hickox (conductor).