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Elgar's Enigma

Television (Excerpts) – 2006

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Near the end of his life, renowned English composer Edward Elgar composed some of the greatest music of his career. This film examines the idea that Elgar's deeply emotional Cello Concerto in E Minor was provoked by memories of his first great love, Helen Weaver, who emigrated downunder after their relationship ended. After learning that Weaver's son had been killed fighting in France, Elgar was moved to write a war requiem. The award-nominated film mixed interviews, dramatisations, and a performance of the concerto by cellist Lynn Harrell and the NZ Symphony Orchestra.

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Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op 85 composed by Edward Elgar, and performed by the NZ Symphony Orchestra, soloist Lynn Harrell

Conducted by Matthias Barnert

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