Two British masterpieces are contrasted by Fauré’s Élégie, which was originally intended to be the slow movement of an unfinished cello sonata. Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, linking the scenes of his opera Peter Grimes, not only evoke the Suffolk coastal landscape in an uncanny way, but also reflect the underlying psychological tensions within the drama. In his Enigma Variations, Elgar’s first runaway success, he captured the personalities of his Worcestershire friends in original, inventive music.

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