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× Disc 2 spotlights the rebirth of England’s musical culture in the first half of the twentieth century. Following the death of Henry Purcell in 1695, England entered a long era of silence, becoming known for two centuries as “a land without music.” Sir Edward Elgar reawakened England’s composers to the richness of their musical heritage with his iconic Enigma Variations for orchestra in 1896. With Elgar leading the way, subsequent generations of English composers—including William Walton and Benjamin Britten—revitalized their country’s musical landscape.