Sir Edward Elgar
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1857-06-02
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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 ...

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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 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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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)

The Dance (Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands)

Director
Christopher Robinson
Choir
Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Last played on
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, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis
Nimrod (Enigma Variations)
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Nimrod (Enigma Variations) Nimrod (Enigma Variations) Nimrod (Enigma Variations) Nimrod (Enigma Variations)
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
Sir Edward Elgar & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle
Grania and Diarmid, Funeral March
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Grania and Diarmid, Funeral March Grania and Diarmid, Funeral March Grania and Diarmid, Funeral March Grania and Diarmid, Funeral March

Grania and Diarmid, Funeral March

Performer
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle
Sir Edward Elgar, The Portrait Choir & Greg Batsleer
The Shower (Op.71/1)
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The Shower (Op.71/1) The Shower (Op.71/1) The Shower (Op.71/1) The Shower (Op.71/1)
Sir Edward Elgar & Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)
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Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)
Sir Edward Elgar, Jacqueline du Pré, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli
Cello Concerto in E Minor
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Cello Concerto in E Minor Cello Concerto in E Minor Cello Concerto in E Minor Cello Concerto in E Minor
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, Alice Coote, Sir Mark Elder & Hallé Orchestra
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, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & David Zinman
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
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Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town"
Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Mark Elder & Hallé Orchestra
Symphony no 2 in E flat Op. 63, Third movt : Rondo
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Symphony no 2 in E flat Op. 63, Third movt : Rondo Symphony no 2 in E flat Op. 63, Third movt : Rondo Symphony no 2 in E flat Op. 63, Third movt : Rondo Symphony no 2 in E flat Op. 63, Third movt : Rondo
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sir Edward Elgar & James Judd
The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), The Little bells (Scherzino)
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The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), The Little bells (Scherzino) The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), The Little bells (Scherzino) The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), The Little bells (Scherzino) The Wand of youth - suite no. 2 (Op.1b), The Little bells (Scherzino)
Sir Edward Elgar, Jac van Steen & BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Cockaigne (In London Town)- overture Op. 40
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Cockaigne (In London Town)- overture Op. 40 Cockaigne (In London Town)- overture Op. 40 Cockaigne (In London Town)- overture Op. 40 Cockaigne (In London Town)- overture Op. 40
St Davids Cathedral & Sir Edward Elgar
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
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The Spirit of the Lord is upon me The Spirit of the Lord is upon me The Spirit of the Lord is upon me The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
Sir Edward Elgar, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
Troyte; W.N; Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36
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Troyte; W.N; Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36 Troyte; W.N; Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36 Troyte; W.N; Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36 Troyte; W.N; Nimrod from Enigma Variations Op. 36
Sir Edward Elgar & James Ehnes (violin) and Andrew Armstrong (piano)
Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82
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Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82 Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82 Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82 Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82

Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82

Ensemble
James Ehnes (violin) and Andrew Armstrong (piano)
BBC Singers, Sir Edward Elgar & Stephen Layton
To her beneath whose steadfast star, for chorus
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To her beneath whose steadfast star, for chorus To her beneath whose steadfast star, for chorus To her beneath whose steadfast star, for chorus To her beneath whose steadfast star, for chorus
Plamen Djurov, Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble & Sir Edward Elgar
Serenade for Strings (Op.20) in E minor
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Serenade for Strings (Op.20) in E minor Serenade for Strings (Op.20) in E minor Serenade for Strings (Op.20) in E minor Serenade for Strings (Op.20) in E minor
Athena Ensemble & Sir Edward Elgar
Promenade No. 3 for winds
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Promenade No. 3 for winds Promenade No. 3 for winds Promenade No. 3 for winds Promenade No. 3 for winds
Sir Edward Elgar, Charles Dutoit & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Nimrod, from Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra
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Nimrod, from Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra Nimrod, from Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra Nimrod, from Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra Nimrod, from Variations on an original theme ('Enigma') Op.36 for orchestra
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

Serenade for string orchestra (Op.20) in E minor

Orchestra
BBC Concert Orchestra (members of)
Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Edward Elgar & Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Wand of Youth Suite No. 1
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Wand of Youth Suite No. 1 Wand of Youth Suite No. 1 Wand of Youth Suite No. 1 Wand of Youth Suite No. 1
Sir Edward Elgar, Rodolfus Choir & Ralph Allwood
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
Tasmin Little, Sir Edward Elgar, BBC Philharmonic & Sir Andrew Davis
Salut d’amour Op.12
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Salut d’amour Op.12 Salut d’amour Op.12 Salut d’amour Op.12 Salut d’amour Op.12
Sir Edward Elgar, Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir John Barbirolli
Sea pictures for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Op.37), no.4; Where corals lie
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Sea pictures for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Op.37), no.4; Where corals lie Sea pictures for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Op.37), no.4; Where corals lie Sea pictures for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Op.37), no.4; Where corals lie Sea pictures for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (Op.37), no.4; Where corals lie
Sir Edward Elgar, City of London Sinfonia & Richard Hickox
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
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