Each variation forms an affectionate musical sketch of one of Elgar’s loved ones – chattering winds gently imitate a friend’s stutter, while a delicate arching melody embodies his love for his wife Alice.
Hidden at the centre lies 'Nimrod' – the simple, yearning melody that has since become an icon of Britain itself.
Beforehand, Piotr Anderszewski performs Mozart’s dramatic Piano Concerto No. 24, stormy and virtuosic, with glittering solo piano melodies. Hearing it, Beethoven once remarked, ‘we shall never be able to do anything like that’.
RepertoireMendelssohn: Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
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