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Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar

Edward Elgar.

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Concerts

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra violinist Dale Barltrop

August 10, 2009 Hear the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra honor its outgoing conductor with works from three centuries.

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October 31, 2007 After WWI, Elgar wrote an aching cello concerto. Steven Isserlis solos with the New Jersey Symphony.

Studio Sessions

Nikolaj Znaider

January 28, 2010 Hear Nikolaj Znaider play works by Kreisler on the 1741 Guarneri that once belonged to the composer.

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Interviews & Profiles

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein

December 4, 2012 The celebrated young American cellist walks us through her recording of a "devastating" concerto.

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

May 28, 2011 A former child prodigy, 29-year-old Alisa Weilerstein is on the fast track of rising musical stars.

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Cellist Jacqueline Du Pre records Elgar's Cello Concerto with conductor John Barbirolli at Kingsway Hall in London, 1965.

November 10, 2009 Cellist Jacqueline Du Pre exposes both the tenderness and pain in Elgar's late-career concerto.

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June 2, 2007 Despite an air of English stuffiness, the composer remains popular 150 years after his birth.

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June 2, 2007 Composer Edward Elgar was born 150 years ago. Discover the man of 'Enigmas,' 'Hope and Glory.'

News

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

October 4, 2010 The venerable British classical music magazine has announced winners in 24 categories.

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Reviews

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November 6, 2012 Hear an excerpt from an excellent album of cellist Alisa Weilerstein playing music classic and new.

More Stories

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge processing out of their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.

March 26, 2013 Hear the march that accompanied the wedding of William and Kate — and Charles and Diana.

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

February 14, 2013 For ages composers have written love letters, but not with words on paper. Their language is music.

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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.

May 5, 2012 Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the enduring qualities of the English composer's first symphony.

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Don't mix up your mezzos and contraltos.

November 16, 2011 Learn to love our low-voiced lady opera singers who get to play everything from royalty to rivals.

Hooray. It's Elephant Appreciation Day!

September 22, 2010 To mark Elephant Appreciation Day, take a "critter quiz." Match the music to the creature.

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February 10, 2009 For Valentine's Day, these classical pieces capture the power of love in some of its various guises.

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December 12, 2006 WGUC music director Kent Teeters compiled this list of the year's best classical CD discoveries.

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August 15, 2006 In its bittersweet beauty, many listeners hear an elegy for those who died during WWI.

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August 9, 2006 The orchestra, with conductor Roy Goodman, performs an Elgar work influenced by Handel.

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Elgar: Symphony No. 1; In the South "Alassio"

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  • Album: Elgar: Symphony No. 1; In the South "Alassio"
  • Artist: Georg Solti
  • Label: Decca
  • Released: 2007
 

Kathleen Ferrier [Box Set]

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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

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  • Artist: Marian Anderson
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Verdi: Aida [Highlights]

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  • Artist: Plácido Domingo
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Elgar: Cello Concerto; Sea Pictures; Cockaigne Overture

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  • Album: Elgar: Cello Concerto; Sea Pictures; Cockaigne Overture
  • Artist: John Barbirolli
  • Label: EMI
  • Released: 2004
 

Diva Divo

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  • Album: Diva Divo
  • Artist: Joyce DiDonato
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • Released: 2011
 

Bach: Cello Suites

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  • Album: Bach: Cello Suites
  • Artist: Steven Isserlis
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  • Released: 2007
 

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8

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  • Album: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8
  • Artist: Osmo Vanska/Minnesota Orchestra
 

Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, etc.

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  • Artist: Paavo Jarvi/Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
 

Bach: Works for Trumpet

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  • Artist: Alison Balsom
 

Grieg: Norwegian Dances, etc.

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  • Artist: Paavo Jarvi/Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
 

Nuove musiche

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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6/Serenade for Strings

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps, etc.

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Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 5 & 7

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  • Album: Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 5 & 7
  • Artist: Gustavo Dudamel/Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
 

Andante Cantabile: Cello Encores

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  • Album: Andante Cantabile: Cello Encores
  • Artist: Lynn Harrell
 

Elgar: Violin Concerto / Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

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  • Album: Elgar: Violin Concerto / Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
  • Artist: Hilary Hahn
  • Released: 2004