British composer Edward Elgar, seated at his desk at Severn House in Hampstead. His Symphony No. 1 was hailed as the best British symphony ever when it debuted in 1908. Reginald Haines/Getty Images hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

Elgar's Belated Symphony: Majestic, Noble And Perfectly British

Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the enduring qualities of the English composer's first symphony.

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