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Enigma Variations

Ryan Bancroft conducts Elgar and Marie Macleod is the soloist in MacMillan’s cello concerto.

The Enigma Variations placed Edward Elgar on the international music map and are among the most frequently played and popular works of classical music. One evening, Elgar entertained his wife with musical caricatures of people in their social circle, and these were developed into a number of variations for orchestra. “This work commenced in a spirit of humour and continued in deep seriousness,” Elgar has said. The fourteen people described include his wife, the publisher Jaeger and Elgar himself.

This concert will begin with Scottish composer James MacMillan’s (born 1959) cello concerto, which is the second of three parts of a large symphonic triptych. The world premiere of this incredibly intense and masterful concerto, which places enormous demands on the soloist, was performed in 1997 by Mstislav Rostropovich. At this concert, Marie Macleod, solo cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, will tackle the challenging cello part.

American Ryan Bancroft is the chief conductor designate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning his tenure in 2023. He was the winner of the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in 2018 and debuted with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019.

  • The music

  • James MacMillan Cello Concerto
  • Interview with Ryan Bancroft and Marie Macleod
  • Edward Elgar Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma"
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Ryan Bancroft conductor
  • Marie Macleod cello

About the video

  • Published online 10 April 2022.
  • From a livestream 31 March 2022.
  • The video is approximately one hour and 40 minutes. 
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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Genre: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Enigma Variations

Ryan Bancroft conducts Elgar and Marie Macleod is the soloist in MacMillan’s cello concerto.

About the video

  • Published online 10 April 2022.
  • From a livestream 31 March 2022.
  • The video is approximately one hour and 40 minutes. 
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

The Enigma Variations placed Edward Elgar on the international music map and are among the most frequently played and popular works of classical music. One evening, Elgar entertained his wife with musical caricatures of people in their social circle, and these were developed into a number of variations for orchestra. “This work commenced in a spirit of humour and continued in deep seriousness,” Elgar has said. The fourteen people described include his wife, the publisher Jaeger and Elgar himself.

This concert will begin with Scottish composer James MacMillan’s (born 1959) cello concerto, which is the second of three parts of a large symphonic triptych. The world premiere of this incredibly intense and masterful concerto, which places enormous demands on the soloist, was performed in 1997 by Mstislav Rostropovich. At this concert, Marie Macleod, solo cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, will tackle the challenging cello part.

American Ryan Bancroft is the chief conductor designate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning his tenure in 2023. He was the winner of the Malko Competition for Young Conductors in 2018 and debuted with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019.

  • The music

  • James MacMillan Cello Concerto
  • Interview with Ryan Bancroft and Marie Macleod
  • Edward Elgar Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma"
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Ryan Bancroft conductor
  • Marie Macleod cello

Watch in our app

The Konserthuset Play app makes it easier to experience music on your phone or tablet – or on a big screen! Read more

FAQ about Konserthuset Play

Our tips for how to best take advantage of our selection and how you watch our livestreams. To FAQ

Konserthuset Stockholm’s fundraising for the UNHCR – support the Ukrainian people

All donations are passed on daily and in full to the UNHCR and the Ukrainian people. Use Swish number 123 408 85 63 or make your donation via our booking system. Warm thanks!

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