The third Elgar album from Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra brings together three masterpieces. In the South, a vibrant and colorful depiction of the Southern Italian coast, the Serenade for String Orchestra, and the Variations on an original theme, better known as the Enigma Variations. Elgar's breakthrough masterpiece was conceived in 1898 during a moment of dispirited idleness. He had come home exhausted from a day of violin teaching and was absent-mindedly extemporizing at the piano when his wife, Alice, called out: "Edward, that's a good tune." What Elgar's fingers had stumbled upon were in fact hints or fragments of a melody, each starting after the first beat of the bar - ideal for variation treatment.