We reach the finale of the Enigma Variations, an exuberant self-portrait. It's like the climax of a birthday party - having met many of Elgar's friends in the preceding variations, now it's time for Edward himself to blow out the candles of his cake!
There are so many different portraits hidden in Elgar's Enigma Variations. Here we look at four more: a friendly page-turner, a swimming bulldog, a cellist, and a mysterious lady on the other side of the world. This takes us through variations 10, 11, 12, and 13 – we're really getting to know that 'Enigma' theme by now!
Here we get to the heart of Elgar's Enigma Variations. First we join the composer on a visit to Sherridge, country home of the Norbury family. Then we revel in 'Nimrod', a heartfelt tribute to a very dear friend. What does the music tell us about these people, and how does it work?
We meet three more friends of Edward Elgar, as captured in the Enigma Variations. Enjoy the charming company of Richard Arnold, listen in on Isabel Fitton's music lesson, and laugh at Troyte's attempt to play the piano...