Elgar And The Halle

Mark Elder, Music Director of the Halle, presents a series focusing on the close relationship enjoyed by the Halle and Sir Edward Elgar.



In the first programme, he introduces music from his own ongoing project to record all Elgar's major orchestral works for the Halle's own CD label, as well as Elgar recordings by two of his distinguished predecessors.


Today he looks at the changing style of orchestral playing over the past 70 years reflected in three varied approaches to Elgar's most popular masterpiece, the 'Enigma Variations'.

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The Halle Orchestra has often turned to Elgar's music on important occasions, and today Mark Elder introduces music from three such occasions - the re-opening of Manchester's Free Trade Hall in 1951, the last concerts Sir John Barbirolli gave with the orchestra in 1970, and the launch of the Halle's own CD label in 2002.