The Royal Opera House

British Classics DVD Set

This box set combines two much loved British classics: Elgar's seminal Enigma Variations and Holst's orchestral masterpiece The Planets. In an acclaimed BBC drama-documentary filmed in the rolling Malvern Hills, Sir Andrew Davis unravels the mystery of the famous musical puzzle contained in Elgar's work followed by a landmark performance of the complete score by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis given in the cathedral in Elgar's home town of Worcester.

The lavish visualisation of Gustav Holst's orchestral masterpiece The Planets and Colin Matthews' additional movement Pluto, the Renewer features spectacular images which enhance the symbolic meaning attributed to each planet by the composer. Directed by Rhodri Huw, this memorable audiovisual experience blends images filmed in many locations around the world, computer graphics, animatronics and a splendidly atmospheric performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Holst: The Plants
BBC National Orchestra of Wales 
Conductor: David Atherton 
Directed for Television by Rhodri Huw

Elgar: Enigma Variations
BBC Symphony Orchestra 
Conductor: Andrew Davis 
Directed for Television by Diana Hill

Sound: LPCM stereo (Holst); LPCM stereo, DTS Surround (Elgar)
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT (Elgar documentary)
Format: NTSC
Regions: All Regions
Running Time: 59+85 mins