Sir Edward Elgar
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1857-06-02
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Edward Elgar was the greatest English composer since Purcell, and the first to win widespread international recognition. The confidently crafted surface of his music conceals a complex and sensitive personality, shaped in hidebound Victorian society by consciousness of his status ...

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Sir Edward Elgar, N/A & STEVE RACE/JOHN AMIS
SALUT D'AMOUR
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SALUT D'AMOUR SALUT D'AMOUR SALUT D'AMOUR SALUT D'AMOUR
Sir Edward Elgar, Heddle Nash, Gladys Ripley, Huddersfield Choral Society, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Malcolm Sargent
The Dream Of Gerontius Op.38 - extract
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The Dream Of Gerontius Op.38 - extract The Dream Of Gerontius Op.38 - extract The Dream Of Gerontius Op.38 - extract The Dream Of Gerontius Op.38 - extract
Sir Edward Elgar, Halle & Sir Mark Elder
Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
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Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
Sir Edward Elgar, Halle & Sir Mark Elder
Chanson De Matin, Op.15 No.2
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Chanson De Matin, Op.15 No.2 Chanson De Matin, Op.15 No.2 Chanson De Matin, Op.15 No.2 Chanson De Matin, Op.15 No.2
Sir Edward Elgar, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult & Margaret Price
The Kingdom Op.51 - excerpt: Part IV - And as they spake
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The Kingdom Op.51 - excerpt: Part IV - And as they spake The Kingdom Op.51 - excerpt: Part IV - And as they spake The Kingdom Op.51 - excerpt: Part IV - And as they spake The Kingdom Op.51 - excerpt: Part IV - And as they spake
Sir Edward Elgar, David Lloyd-Jones & Orchestra of Opera North
Froissart - Concert Overture Op.19
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Froissart - Concert Overture Op.19 Froissart - Concert Overture Op.19 Froissart - Concert Overture Op.19 Froissart - Concert Overture Op.19
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sir Edward Elgar & James Judd
The Wand of youth - suite no. 1 (Op.1a): Sun dance
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The Wand of youth - suite no. 1 (Op.1a): Sun dance The Wand of youth - suite no. 1 (Op.1a): Sun dance The Wand of youth - suite no. 1 (Op.1a): Sun dance The Wand of youth - suite no. 1 (Op.1a): Sun dance
Sir Edward Elgar, susie allan & Roderick Williams
Sea Pictures Op.37 For Mezzo-Soprano And Orchestra
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Sea Pictures Op.37 For Mezzo-Soprano And Orchestra Sea Pictures Op.37 For Mezzo-Soprano And Orchestra Sea Pictures Op.37 For Mezzo-Soprano And Orchestra Sea Pictures Op.37 For Mezzo-Soprano And Orchestra
Sir Edward Elgar, David Rendall, Bryn Terfel, Robert Lloyd, Alison Hargan, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Richard Hickox
The Apostles Op.49 - concluding pages of The Ascension
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The Apostles Op.49 - concluding pages of The Ascension The Apostles Op.49 - concluding pages of The Ascension The Apostles Op.49 - concluding pages of The Ascension The Apostles Op.49 - concluding pages of The Ascension
Sir Edward Elgar, London Symphony Chorus, Stephen Westrop & Vernon Handley
4 Choral songs (Op.53), no.1; There is sweet music
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4 Choral songs (Op.53), no.1; There is sweet music 4 Choral songs (Op.53), no.1; There is sweet music 4 Choral songs (Op.53), no.1; There is sweet music 4 Choral songs (Op.53), no.1; There is sweet music
Sir Edward Elgar, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
Chanson de matin (Op.15`2) arr. for chamber orchestra...
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Chanson de matin (Op.15`2) arr. for chamber orchestra... Chanson de matin (Op.15`2) arr. for chamber orchestra... Chanson de matin (Op.15`2) arr. for chamber orchestra... Chanson de matin (Op.15`2) arr. for chamber orchestra...
Sir Edward Elgar, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis
Sospiri (Op.70) vers. for str, harp & org
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Sospiri (Op.70) vers. for str, harp & org Sospiri (Op.70) vers. for str, harp & org Sospiri (Op.70) vers. for str, harp & org Sospiri (Op.70) vers. for str, harp & org
Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Andrew Davis & BBC Symphony Orchestra
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
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Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
Sir Edward Elgar, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis
Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') for orch (Op.36),Variation 9; Nimrod
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Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') for orch (Op.36),Variation 9; Nimrod Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') for orch (Op.36),Variation 9; Nimrod Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') for orch (Op.36),Variation 9; Nimrod Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') for orch (Op.36),Variation 9; Nimrod
Sir Edward Elgar, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis
Serenade in E minor for string orchestra, Op. 20
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Serenade in E minor for string orchestra, Op. 20 Serenade in E minor for string orchestra, Op. 20 Serenade in E minor for string orchestra, Op. 20 Serenade in E minor for string orchestra, Op. 20
Sir Edward Elgar, Sarah Connolly & Joseph Middleton
Sabbath Morning at Sea (from Sea Pictures)
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Sabbath Morning at Sea (from Sea Pictures) Sabbath Morning at Sea (from Sea Pictures) Sabbath Morning at Sea (from Sea Pictures) Sabbath Morning at Sea (from Sea Pictures)
Sir Edward Elgar, Laudibus & Michael C. Brewer
Scenes from the saga of King Olaf Op.30: As torrents in summer
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Scenes from the saga of King Olaf Op.30: As torrents in summer Scenes from the saga of King Olaf Op.30: As torrents in summer Scenes from the saga of King Olaf Op.30: As torrents in summer Scenes from the saga of King Olaf Op.30: As torrents in summer
BBC Concert Orchestra (members of), Sir Edward Elgar & Stephen Cleobury
Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor
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Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor
Sir Edward Elgar, Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky & Capella of Russia State Symphony Orchestra
Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major
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Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major
Sir Edward Elgar, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner
Symphony no. 1 in A flat major Op.55
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Symphony no. 1 in A flat major Op.55 Symphony no. 1 in A flat major Op.55 Symphony no. 1 in A flat major Op.55 Symphony no. 1 in A flat major Op.55
Sir Edward Elgar, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis
Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major;
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Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major; Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major; Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major; Pomp and circumstance marches (Op.39), no.1 in D major;
Ulster Orchestra, Rafael Payare & Sir Edward Elgar
Serenade for Strings
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Serenade for Strings Serenade for Strings Serenade for Strings Serenade for Strings
Sir Edward Elgar, China Philharmonic Orchestra & Long Yu
Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 in G major
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Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 in G major Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 in G major Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 in G major Pomp and Circumstance March no.4 in G major
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Edward Elgar, Derek Hammond-Stroud & Vernon Handley
My old tunes (Organ-grinder's third song)- no.12 from The Starlight Express, Op.78
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My old tunes (Organ-grinder's third song)- no.12 from The Starlight Express, Op.78 My old tunes (Organ-grinder's third song)- no.12 from The Starlight Express, Op.78 My old tunes (Organ-grinder's third song)- no.12 from The Starlight Express, Op.78 My old tunes (Organ-grinder's third song)- no.12 from The Starlight Express, Op.78
Julian Lloyd Webber, Sir Edward Elgar & John Birch
Une Idylle Op.4`1 for violin and piano
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Une Idylle Op.4`1 for violin and piano Une Idylle Op.4`1 for violin and piano Une Idylle Op.4`1 for violin and piano Une Idylle Op.4`1 for violin and piano
Ashley Wass & Sir Edward Elgar
Sonatina in G major
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Sonatina in G major Sonatina in G major Sonatina in G major Sonatina in G major
BBC Philharmonic, Sir Edward Elgar, James Ehnes & Sir Andrew Davis
Concerto in B minor (Op.61) for violin and orchestra
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Concerto in B minor (Op.61) for violin and orchestra Concerto in B minor (Op.61) for violin and orchestra Concerto in B minor (Op.61) for violin and orchestra Concerto in B minor (Op.61) for violin and orchestra
Andrew Davis, Tasmin Little, Sir Edward Elgar & BBC Philharmonic
Salut d'amour, arr. R. Turner for violin and orchestra [orig. with pf]
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Salut d'amour, arr. R. Turner for violin and orchestra [orig. with pf] Salut d'amour, arr. R. Turner for violin and orchestra [orig. with pf] Salut d'amour, arr. R. Turner for violin and orchestra [orig. with pf] Salut d'amour, arr. R. Turner for violin and orchestra [orig. with pf]
Sir Edward Elgar, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli
Sea pictures, no.4; Where corals lie
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Sea pictures, no.4; Where corals lie Sea pictures, no.4; Where corals lie Sea pictures, no.4; Where corals lie Sea pictures, no.4; Where corals lie
Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Adrian Boult & London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Wand of Youth - Wild Bears
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The Wand of Youth - Wild Bears The Wand of Youth - Wild Bears The Wand of Youth - Wild Bears The Wand of Youth - Wild Bears
Edward Elgar (Mark Wigglesworth, BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Matthew Trusler)
Symphony No.1 in A Flat Major
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Symphony No.1 in A Flat Major Symphony No.1 in A Flat Major Symphony No.1 in A Flat Major Symphony No.1 in A Flat Major
Sir Edward Elgar, Jacqueline du Pré & London Symphony Orchestra
Cello Concerto (1st mvt)
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Cello Concerto (1st mvt) Cello Concerto (1st mvt) Cello Concerto (1st mvt) Cello Concerto (1st mvt)
Sol Gabetta, Sir Edward Elgar, DR SymfoniOrkestret & Mario Venzago
Salut d'amour arr. misc. for cello and orchestra [orig. vln & pf]
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Salut d'amour arr. misc. for cello and orchestra [orig. vln & pf] Salut d'amour arr. misc. for cello and orchestra [orig. vln & pf] Salut d'amour arr. misc. for cello and orchestra [orig. vln & pf] Salut d'amour arr. misc. for cello and orchestra [orig. vln & pf]
Iain Farrington, Sir Edward Elgar, Christopher Robinson & Cambridge University Chamber Choir
The Dance (Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands)
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The Dance (Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands) The Dance (Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands) The Dance (Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands) The Dance (Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands)
Sir Edward Elgar, BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Richard Hickox
In The South
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In The South In The South In The South In The South
Sir Edward Elgar, Jennifer Johnston, Angelico Francesco & BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Sea Pictures
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Sea Pictures Sea Pictures Sea Pictures Sea Pictures
Sir Edward Elgar, BBC Concert Orchestra & Hochstenbach, Jochem
Elgar Wand of Youth Suite No 2
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Elgar Wand of Youth Suite No 2 Elgar Wand of Youth Suite No 2 Elgar Wand of Youth Suite No 2 Elgar Wand of Youth Suite No 2
Sir Edward Elgar, Susan Gritton, BBC Concert Orchestra & Martyn Brabbins
Like to the Damask Rose
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Like to the Damask Rose Like to the Damask Rose Like to the Damask Rose Like to the Damask Rose
BBC Philharmonic, Sir Edward Elgar & Sir Andrew Davis
Military Marches, Op. 39, "Pomp And Circumstance" - No. 5 In C major
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Military Marches, Op. 39, "Pomp And Circumstance" - No. 5 In C major Military Marches, Op. 39, "Pomp And Circumstance" - No. 5 In C major Military Marches, Op. 39, "Pomp And Circumstance" - No. 5 In C major Military Marches, Op. 39, "Pomp And Circumstance" - No. 5 In C major
Sarah Chang, Sandra Rivers & Sir Edward Elgar
Salut d'amour Op.12 vers. for violin and piano
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Salut d'amour Op.12 vers. for violin and piano Salut d'amour Op.12 vers. for violin and piano Salut d'amour Op.12 vers. for violin and piano Salut d'amour Op.12 vers. for violin and piano
Sir Edward Elgar, Keith Lockhart & BBC Concert Orchestra
Elgar Wild Bears from Wand of Youth Suite
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Elgar Wild Bears from Wand of Youth Suite Elgar Wild Bears from Wand of Youth Suite Elgar Wild Bears from Wand of Youth Suite Elgar Wild Bears from Wand of Youth Suite
Sir Edward Elgar, Keith Lockhart & BBC Concert Orchestra
Elgar Salut d'amour
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Elgar Salut d'amour Elgar Salut d'amour Elgar Salut d'amour Elgar Salut d'amour
Sir Edward Elgar & NEW PHILHARMONIA ORCH.COND. SIR JOHN BARBIROLLI
Sospiri
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Sospiri Sospiri Sospiri Sospiri
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Biography

Edward Elgar was the greatest English composer since Purcell, and the first to win widespread international recognition. The confidently crafted surface of his music conceals a complex and sensitive personality, shaped in hidebound Victorian society by consciousness of his status as an outsider: he was the son of a music shopkeeper and piano tuner in provincial Worcester, and brought up as a Catholic. Elgar had a practical training as a performer on the violin and other instruments, and taught himself composition.

His reputation was slow to spread beyond the West Midlands, but he attained national prominence in 1899 when his ‘Enigma’ Variations were premiered in London. His next major work, the oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, quickly became successful in Britain and Germany. A heady decade followed which saw the composition of two further oratorios, The Apostles and The Kingdom, and a stream of orchestral works culminating in the First Symphony and the Violin Concerto.

Elgar moved to London, and took on the conductorship of the London Symphony Orchestra for the 1911/12 season. But the Second Symphony, the choral ode The Music Makers and the symphonic study Falstaff were discouragingly received.

After the premiere of the Cello Concerto in 1919 and the death of his wife the following year, Elgar moved back to the West Midlands and went into virtual retirement. However, he was working with renewed energy on an opera and a Third Symphony when he died in 1934.

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