Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61, is one of his longest orchestral compositions, and the last of his works to gain immediate popular success.
The concerto was composed for the violinist Fritz Kreisler, who gave the premiere in London in 1910, with the composer conducting. Plans by the recording company His Master's Voice to record the work with Kreisler and Elgar fell through, and the composer made a recording with the teenaged Yehudi Menuhin that has remained in the catalogues since its first release in 1932.
Even though Elgar's music fell out of fashion in the middle of the twentieth century, and the concerto's reputation as one of the most difficult in the violin repertoire grew (because of its use of constant multiple-stopping, fast and unorthodox string crossings, and massive, rapid shifting around the instrument), it nevertheless continued to be programmed and played by acclaimed violinists. By the end of the 20th century, when Elgar's music was restored to the general repertoire, there had been more than twenty recordings of the concerto. In 2010, centenary performances of the concerto were given around the world.
Performances & Interviews
- Watch MaestroCam: Elgar Violin Concerto and There is Sweet Musichttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cb1s9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cb1s9.jpg2011-08-04T23:00:20.000ZElgar's Violin Concerto with commentary by Peter Stark.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p00jmv7p
Watch MaestroCam: Elgar Violin Concerto and There is Sweet MusicElgar's Violin Concerto with commentary by Peter Stark.