Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire. Elgar composed it in the aftermath of the First World War, when his music had already gone out of fashion with the concert-going public. In contrast with Elgar's earlier Violin Concerto, which is lyrical and passionate, the Cello Concerto is for the most part contemplative and elegiac.

The first performance was a debacle because Elgar and the performers had been deprived of adequate rehearsal time. The work did not achieve wide popularity until the 1960s, when a recording by Jacqueline du Pré caught the public imagination and became a classical best-seller. Elgar made two recordings of the work with Beatrice Harrison as soloist. Since then, leading cellists from Pablo Casals onward have performed the work in concert and in the studio.

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Performances & Interviews


Upcoming BBC Events featuring Cello Concerto in E minor

BBC NOW 2019-20 Season: Three Choirs Festival
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/exrn5v
Gloucester Cathedral
2019-07-30T11:14:35
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2019
BBC NOW 2019-20 Season: Three Choirs Festival

BBC NOW 2019-20 Season: Three Choirs Festival

Gloucester Cathedral
Proms 2019: Prom 46: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ew3v9r
Royal Albert Hall
2019-08-22T11:14:35
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