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Elgar's Enigma Variations

Statue of Edward Elgar in a corner of Hereford Cathedral by Don Dixon, via Wikimedia Commons

Performance Today - September 14, 2021


September 14, 2021

There's a musical puzzle at the heart of the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. Cryptographers have been working on cracking the code for a century. On this episode of Performance Today, we'll share some of the many possible solutions... and enjoy a great performance of the Elgar's Enigma Variations, from the Aspen Music Festival.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Frederic Chopin: Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Album: Bravo! Chopin Piano Works
Telarc 82003

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Samuel Glicklich, piano | Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra | Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO

Antonio Vivaldi: "Vedro con mio diletto" from Giustino, RV 717
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Luri Lee, violin
Jeffrey Dyrda, violin
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Owen Dalby, violin
Hezekiah Leung, viola
Jonathan Lo, cello
Anthony Manzo, double bass
The Bank of America Chamber Music Series, Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
Bion Tsang, cello | Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Hour 2

Lyun Joon Kim / Roxanna Panufnik: Korean Elegy
Han-Na Chang, cello | Philharmonia Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Album: The Swan: Classic Works for Cello and Orchestra
EMI 57052

Maurice Ravel: Piece en forme de Habanera
Peter Sanders, cello | Adrienne Kim, piano
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT

Jessie Montgomery: Rhapsody No. 1
Jessie Montgomery, violin
Album: Strum: Music for Strings
Azica Records 71302

Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 “Enigma”
Aspen Festival Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO